Bone Timber Industries is committed to the effective management of contractors to ensure work environment is maintained. Uncontrolled contractor actions may result in significant risk to the health, safety and welfare of the contractor, company employees, visitors and members of the public. In the absence of effective management and control, Bone Timber Industries may be liable when a contractor providing services causes an accident, is injured or injures anyone else on the premises.
Effective contractor management and control at Bone Timber Industries premises is achieved through the application of contractor procedures. In summary the management strategy consists of:
• Health and safety requirements being indicated on all long term service tenders, purchase orders and service contracts.
• Administrative procedures completed prior to any work by contractors beginning i.e.: certificates, licences, accreditation (if required) produced.
• Contractors given contractor information, which details health and safety requirements.
• Contractors receiving and acknowledging a copy of the Work Health Safety Policy.
• All records of the above are to be retained by the company for a minimum of 5 years.
Bone Timber Industries will provide the contractor with a designated safe work area with information detailing all reasonably foreseeable site hazards which may risk the health and safety of the contractor or its employees. The contractor will ensure that appropriate steps are taken to identify and assess all reasonably foreseeable hazards, resulting from the work, which may affect the health and safety of all persons on the site: and control the identified hazards through using appropriate measures.
Where a contract of service applies, the contractor is responsible for supervision to ensure safe work practices are followed. Where a work practice is observed to be in breach of health and safety requirements, Bone Timber Industries management representative for engaging the contractor must request the contractor stop work. The contractor must then apply corrective action prior to recommencement of the work. In the case of unsafe work noted for a contract for service, the work must be stopped and Bone Timber Industries management representative must re-instruct the contractor on the approved method of completing the task.
While working on the company’s site, contractors are responsible to the employee (or delegate) who authorised the work.
In a “contract for service” the following are likely to apply
• The work involves a profession or trade;
• The contractor has the power to hire and fire;
• The contractor provides their own plant and equipment
• The contractor has the right to have another person perform the work
• The engaging party does not have direct control over the person performing the work
• The engaging person has no responsibility for deducting income tax from any payments to the contractor
• Business expenses incurred are included in the amount charged/paid
Note: In a ‘contract of service’ there is an employer/employee relationship, in a ‘contract for service’ there usually is not