Responsibility in Contractor Safety

Contractors play a valuable role in fulfilling our commitment to a safety-first culture and conducting our business the right way. Dealing with contractors on site who don’t know of, or adhere to, your safety procedures can be risky. Subject to fines or even jail time when not compliant with legislation, you’re not interested in potentially spending unnecessary capital for other measures to keep workers safe on site. With safety legislation and compliance processes in place for your employees, do you know who is accountable for your contractors?

Around the world, regions have different rules and regulations when it comes to safety and training for contracted companies and such lone workers.

Globally, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that “although there are no ILO instruments that specifically address contractors’ and subcontractors’ safety and health at work (or for training in the industry), those concerning occupational safety and health (OSH) in general emphasize the importance of OSH training for all workers. Safety training should focus on supporting preventive action and finding practical solutions.”

While there are no specific global requirements, here we explore contractor safety regulations for the construction industry in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, the governments have implemented legislation that requires the employers to be responsible for the safety and well-being of their contractors.

Canada and the United States still have some work to do so that contractor responsibility is clear for both employers and contractors.

To start, determine whether you can guarantee your safety compliance internally. Stay tuned for our “Safety Compliance: Can You Guarantee Yours?” quiz, to see how you measure up.

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