EHS Today magazine recently published our article on contractor safety.
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, we will explore contractor safety regulations for the construction industry in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
The Safety Landscape is Evolving: Are you Prepared?
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.
Is your organization up-to-date on local and regional legislation? Is this information effectively communicated – specifically to your lone workers? And are your current safety investments compliant?