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Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace

by , 08 November 2016
Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplaceI recently attended a health and safety training course and was taken aback by how many of the delegates had problems with their contractors. As a result, I decided to dedicate todays article to give you some very important methods to help you keep those contractors in line. Let's start with the most important!

#1: Make your contractors sign a contract!

Have a contract signed to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This highlights the contractor's responsibilities to ensure the company-specific rules and regulations are adhered to while conducting contractual work. If you have your own copy of our Health and Safety Advisor, we give you a sample of a simple contract on page 13 in section C01.  

#2: Give your contractors training!

The contractor must attend an induction course or training regarding the company's health and safety rules. Aspects of the training should include matters relating to health, safety and environment; road traffic rules; security; fire prevention; hygiene and housekeeping; confidentiality; insurance; and legislation pertaining to the company. You can get tailor-made professional induction training in 30 minutes with the Induction Training 101 CD. 

#3: Make sure your contractors comply with legal requirements!

Appoint a competent person - in writing. This person must have the necessary experience. The appointment letter must remain on site at all times. You can get 68 legally compliant appointment letters here. 

#4: Make the contractor carry out a risk assessment!

The contractor must carry out a risk assessment before commencement of the actual work in terms of the contract. You can get a Risk Assessment Toolkit here.

#5: Have your Certificate of Good Standing handy!

Make sure you have a Certificate of Good Standing from the Workman's Compensation Commissioner in the same month the work is to commence.

#6: Conduct site inspections!

Do regular inspections to make sure your contractors are complying with your health and safety rules. You can get 29 essential health and safety inspection checklists here.

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