Although a sub-contractor is your responsibility, he's still an employer in his own right, says the Health and Safety Advisor.
This means both you and your sub-contractor are responsible for the safety of your employees. BUT, ultimately, your sub-contractor's employees become your responsibility. And that means you must provide a safe work environment for them.
To do this, ensure your sub-contractors adhere to these safety obligations.
Make sure your sub-contractors comply with these three safety obligations
#1: Ensure your sub-contractors comply with the Construction Regulations and any contractual requirements with regard to safety and health matters. This means they must give their employees Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like safety helmets, safety belts and eye protection.
#2: Ensure your sub-contractors take the necessary disciplinary action against any employee who fails to comply with safety requirements.
#3: Ensure your sub-contractors tell you of any work they need to do outside normal working hours, including weekends and public holidays. This'll ensure there are no misunderstandings when it comes to issues like salaries and sanitary facilities like toilets.
Remember, only you and your sub-contractor can enforce the terms of your contract with one another. Ensure you both stick to what you've agreed to protect your workers.
Ensure that your sub-contractors stick to these obligations so work can be carried out safely in your premises.
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