Managing contractors is one of the most challenging areas of general health and safety management; it is an area with a lot of scope for things to go wrong, leading to failures that frequently feature in health and safety prosecutions. Taking control of contract work and fulfilling your legal obligations can seem like a daunting task – not only are there practical issues like selecting the right contractor and communicating effectively with them, but there are several legal responsibilities which, if not met, can land you in hot water.
To help you avoid problems and pitfalls, we’ve developed this popular one-day training course that offers practical advice based on guidance from the UK’s Health and Safety Regulator, the HSE. The programme allows you to compare your organisation’s current arrangements with best practice, leading to the development of an action plan for improvement. You will gain an understanding of the legal position on contractors before considering how to select a competent contractor and monitor them to ensure that the chances of costly incidents are reduced.
Failure to appoint competent, safe contractors may lead to serious incidents. These can cost your organisation a great deal of time and money. Having an effective contractor management system helps to avoid these losses. Effective contractor management helps to ensure that tasks are completed on time, on budget and with minimal disruption.
‘Managing contractors’ is built around current guidance from the HSE. The course will help you to ensure the safety of your staff and others when contractors are working on your premises. ‘Managing contractors’ is presented by a Chartered Safety Practitioner with significant experience of practical safety management. The chances are that your trainer will have faced similar contractor management issues to those you currently face, so can share their thoughts and experience to help you to work out a solution. This will help make the workplace safe for all concerned.
Typical problems faced by organisations include:
- how to select contractors to ensure safety
- how to verify a contractor’s health and safety record
- how to monitor contractors’ safety, and
- how to be sure that enough has been done to appoint competent and safe contractors.
Delegates will receive sensible, pragmatic advice on the above. Discussion of your current contractor management issues is encouraged.
Who is this course for?
The course is open to anyone from any organisation, but especially those with responsibility for arranging and managing contract work. In-house Safety Advisors will benefit from being able to claim CPD.
In recent years we have delivered this course to a diverse range of clients in sectors such as:
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Public transport
- Power generation
Delegates have the opportunity to discuss their contractor management issues and come away with a better understanding of how to approach this challenging aspect of safety management. You will cover:
09:00 - Registration and coffee
- Course welcome and introduction
- Definition of ‘Contractor’; reasons for managing contractors
- Self-evaluation of your organisation's current practice to help identify areas for improvement
- The costs of poor contractor management
- The law and contractors – what are your legal responsibilities?
- Sentencing guidelines
- A 5-step process for contractor management
- Planning the work, risk assessment and choosing a contractor
- Contractor induction – how to make sure contractors know what is expected of them from the outset
- Safe systems of work and permits to work
- Monitoring, assessing and reviewing contractor performance
16:15 - Final questions, summary and close.