Reviewed 9 February 2024
19th July 2023
Early years providers inviting contractors onto their site have a duty to ensure their safety under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. The Premises Owner’s Duty of Care
A provider must complete certain checks on a contractor before on-site work commences. Contractor Checks
Contractors should display proper identification when working on an early years site and be signed in. On-site Arrangements
Contractors have a general duty to ensure the health and safety of their staff and of people who are not their employees but who may be affected by their work activities. Contractors’ Duties
All construction, maintenance and refurbishment work by contractors falls under the scope of the CDM 2015 regulations irrespective of the size of the project and for whom the work is being carried out. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
The owners of premises have a duty to manage asbestos under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and to inform contractors of the whereabouts of any asbestos. Maintenance Contractors and Asbestos
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This topic covers safety arrangements required when building or maintenance contractors are working on the early years site.
A contractor is any person or company who provides services to a client under specific terms, or a specific contract. Contractors who might commonly need to gain access to early years premises are typically builders and workers involved in maintenance or construction projects.
In the context of construction, a contractor can be any business that is involved in building, alteration, maintenance or demolition work and can involve mechanical, servicing or electrical engineers, builders, maintenance companies, partnerships and the self-employed.
Small-scale work may include relatively minor repairs and improvements. In large-scale projects the work will often involve the use of heavy machinery and potentially dangerous equipment, heavy vehicles, building activities that create dust and noise, and the conversion of part of the premises into a building site, with all of its inherent hazards.
Employers have a duty to have regard to the health and safety of all non-employees using the premises, including contractors.
To fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities, early years providers must ensure that contractors’ access to the premises is carefully controlled.