Some tips to get you started;
Safety plans: This is the first basic thing you need from your contractor before you award them a contract. These have many names – job safety analysis sheets, site specific safety plans – but in short they outline how the jobs and tasks will be done, what measures will be taken whether to isolate or minimize etc. Go through them and make sure they cover methods you agree with. For example lets say they are going to use a ladder for access and your company has a policy of no ladders- get them to change it for a work platform.
Training of teams: Make sure your contractor provides you with a training plan showing his men and their qualifications. Basic qualifications include elevated work platform tickets, abseil unit standard 15757, harness restraint, site safe – these licenses are the key to your protection however they are often overlooked by managers.
Safety qualifications: Today there are a number of pre-qualification company’s that do safety checks on contractors. Sitesafe and Appcon run them and a really robust one we have found recently is www.prequal.co.nz which is used by many large companys like Meridian Energy, Fonterra etc.
Safety training: As a manager or supervisor you need to undertake training on the new laws and your responsibilities. Training is found at http://hsr-training.safetynaction.co.nz/
In closing, safety is no longer a thing for large companys or particularly dangerous industry’s. MBIE are committed to making everyone aware and responsible for what happens on their sites and they are focusing on both the city’s and smaller regions. The simple catch cry of safety is,’Take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of yourself, staff or any other stakeholders’.