Assessing Contractors and Subcontractors for Competence in Health and Safety

As a client, you cannot simply delegate responsibility to a contractor. You need to satisfy yourself that they are competent regarding health and safety. Some contractors may wish to assess themselves as this may help lower or control insurance costs. GSR believes that it is best to carryout assessments using face to face interviews in order to judge ‘soft’ measurements like speed of response, knowledge and attitude of management. GSR also looks at documentary evidence, historical performance issues and where appropriate will carry out site inspections.

Few clients are qualified as competent to make these sort of assessments: GSR has a team with competence borne out of experience, formal qualifications, continued professional development and the help and support of a large team.