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Managing contractors and sub-contractors - safety law and good practice

Who should attend

This Managing contractors and sub-contractors - safety law and good practice course is aimed at SHE professionals and managers who are responsible for the health and safety of contractors and sub-contractors. The briefing assumes knowledge of health and safety law.


Most medium to large organisations use contractors in some form for cleaning, catering, IT support, maintenance or security and the management of contractors is the most common health and safety concern of our clients.

Nearly every large health and safety prosecution has an element of contractor mis-management, and HSE press releases invariably identify two or more parties as being culpable when a matter comes to Court. How should an organisation monitor their contractor when they are not expert.

This course updates you on the safety law that governs contractor and sub-contractor relationships. We also cover how you can communicate your expectations of people whoshare your workplace but are not your staff, and what they will expect of you.


Responsibilities of clients and of contractors

  • duties, requirements and expectations
  • who is a contractor?
  • assessing risks and suitability of the contractor
  • determining competence: evidence, documentation and checks
  • are there ‘low risk’ contractors?

Managing staff who are not your employees

  • your duty to their people
  • discipline, complaints and grievances
  • where does your responsibility end?

Lessons from recent case-law: punishments and penalties

Supervision, monitoring and control

  • what do ‘suitable management arrangements’ look like?
  • co-ordination and communication
  • what does ‘adequate supervision’ mean?
  • what if it is not working: appraisal,
  • break clauses, etc?

Areas of difficulty

  • what if a contractor has a previous conviction?
  • insurance: what is required?
  • language barriers
  • use of, and responsibility for, sub-contractor arrangements
  • management reporting and record keeping
  • whose policies do we use?


Download the full managing contractors and sub-contractors law training course programme.

Managing contractors and sub-contractors law training

Cost: £249

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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