HomeHome SearchSearch MenuMenu Our productsOur products

Do you know your PPE obligations when you hire contractors?

by , 01 August 2014
You know you have to give personal protective equipment (PPE) to your employees. But do you know what you have to do when you hire outside contractors?

The labour broker hired them so surely they count as the broker's employees and not yours.

Wishful thinking unfortunately. You still have the same OHS obligations to contractors that you have to employees you hired directly and this includes giving them PPE. Here's why...

*********** Advertisement ************
Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 

You must give outside contractors PPE

The OHS Act says the employer is responsible for the safety of their employees. When you hire outside contractors, you're the employer. The broker might send you the workers, but you're still the one employing them.
This means you need to protect them with protective clothing just like you do with any other employee.
But it can become difficult giving contracted workers safety wear because they're always coming and going. 
This could result in employees wondering off with your company's PPE and you can't get it back.
So this is what you should do to control the PPE you give to your contracted employees.

Here's how to control the PPE you have to give to contractors

If you use the same workers each time, this problem is easier to solve. You can take back their PPE when there's a break in the contract. You can then return it to them when they come back to work. 
This means you'll need a storage place for the PPE and each worker should have his own storage bin.
This way you can be use even if there's a break in your contract with the labour broker, the workers never leave with your PPE.
Just remember to tell your labour broker you want the same employees each time. This'll save you needing to refit new workers for their own safety gear.
*********** Top rated product  ***************
Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!

Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You're having to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.

Related articles

Related articles

Related Products

Recommended for You 

  Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance

Here are all the most interesting, thought-provoking and common tax questions
asked by our subscribers over the last tax year – everything from A to Z!

To download Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance click here now >>>
  Employees always sick? How to stop it today

Make sure you develop a leave policy to regulate sick leave in your company.

BONUS! You'll find an example of the leave policy and procedure in this report.

To download Employees always sick? How to stop it today click here now >>>
  Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism

This FREE e-report will tell you how you can reduce absenteeism in your workplace while avoiding the CCMA and without infringing your employees' labour rights.

To download Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism click here now >>>
  7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands

Don't let a health and safety incident cost you one more cent. Implement these seven
strategies in your company today.

To download 7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands click here now >>>