Procuring and Managing Contractors

Contractor Management

Here at LCS, we help clients understand the part they need to play to reduce the risks, protect people and the company brand.

Choosing a contractor is a process, and we love a process. It’s not about just finding someone for the job, it’s about availability, cost, technical competence, reliability and safety.

Who is a contractor

Contractors provide the skills or service to our businesses for a set time, they may work with several companies, either as sole traders, self-employed or in their own limited company. Dependent on the job, there may be a few contractors on your site for different tasks appropriate to their skill set.

The Law

Anyone engaging contractors has health and safety responsibilities, both for the contractors and anyone else that could be affected by their activities. Contractors themselves also have legal health and safety responsibilities.

There are several specific regulations you need to be familiar with:

  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act of 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

How we help

Health and safety doesn’t start when the contractor arrives on site. You need to think and have things in place as soon as you know, a job needs to be done, which is where we help.

The better organisational and management decisions you make regarding contractors and outsourcing, the less risk you will carry. Choosing the right people, allocating enough time and implementing appropriate risk control measures for safe working practices, with cooperation, communication and coordination, will ensure you are compliant and your people and brand protected:

  • Procuring contractor at senior board level
  • Monitor the contractor’s health and safety performance
  • Carry out a joint risk assessment of the work with the contractor
  • Ensuring you have the right procedures in place
  • Contractor Hazard Information Packs (CHIPs)
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Agree on formal risk control procedures
  • Worker consultation and involvement
  • Make enquiries about the competence
  • Audits and site inspections

We deliver Contractor Management Training, direct to you, so you are knowledgeable and confident.