• International Workplace
  • 27 September 2007

New guidance on working with contractors published

Misunderstandings over who is responsible for monitoring and protecting contractors and subcontractors – leading to the failure to carry out responsibilities – is often at the heart of high profile health and safety cases, such as the leading case of R v. Associated Octel (1996) and the Beckingham legionella trial.

But situations such as these could be avoided with a clearer understanding of employers’ and contractors’ responsibilities, which is why Workplace Law has published Working with Contractors 2008: Special Report. Written by Nicola Cardenas-Blanco, Solicitor with leading independent law firm Martineau Johnson and journalist Debbie Le May this special report is essential reading for those involved in the appointment of contractors for work activities.

The report includes sections on:

  • health and safety passports;
  • the implications of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007;
  • health and safety policies;
  • communication with contractors and staff;
  • implementing procedures and monitoring performance;
  • the implications of the revised CDM Regulations;
  • responsibility for training, briefing and risk assessments;
  • evaluating competency;
  • insurance;
  • subcontractors; and
  • employment issues.

The report is designed to provide workplace managers with everything they need to know to ensure they, and the contractors they employ, meet their duties under health and safety and employment law.This in-depth special report also examines the legal developments affecting the appointment of contractors, the legislation that applies, and key case law that is directing how the law is interpreted in cases involving contractors.

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