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Have contractors working for you? Here's what you must do in terms of COID

by , 01 October 2013
You probably know that Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) is a government body that compensates workers who've been injured at work or who have contracted an illness or disease at work. But do you know what the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) says you must do if you have contractors working for you? Read on to find out so you can comply...

If you've hired contractors to work on your site and aren't sure of how the COID Act applies to you, don't worry, the Health&Safety Advisor has got you covered.

Here's what the COID Act says if you have contractors working for you

If you have outside contractors working for your company, such as, cleaners, security, electricians or plumbers, they must also be registered with COID, says the Health&Safety Advisor.

So before you hire contractors, ask for their COID registration number and a copy of their COID letter of good standing from the Commissioner.

This document must be kept in a file for that contractor, along with any other documents required under the Occupational Health Safety Act (OHSA).

If the contractor's workers get injured or contract an occupational disease, the contracting company must process the COID claim.

If the contractor isn't registered or hasn't paid their tariff, your company will be held liable for their claims.

Remember, failure to comply with the COID Act will result in fines and penalties.

Now that you know what you must do in terms of COID if you have contractors working for you, make sure your contractors are compliant with the COID Act.

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