Contractor numbers throughout the UK and Europe have undergone a sustained period of growth post-2000. This looks likely to continue as more workers choose to start their own contracting business and more organisations look to outsource specialist tasks.
While organisations can reap many benefits from working with contractors – lower costs, access to specialist skills, added flexibility, improved productivity, and so on, they also take on much greater risks – health and safety risk being one of them.
With many people from different businesses roaming sites, plenty can go wrong if there isn’t a clear process to help manage contractors’ health and safety.
Beyond the moral obligation of not harming anybody, the risk of shut down, litigation and loss of reputation can be perilously high if contractors are not onboarded or their health and safety behaviours are not aligned to yours.