Almost all organisations will use contractors at some time.
Contractors often work in workplaces with hazards that are unfamiliar to them. This can include exposure to chemicals, asbestos, lead, noisy or hot/cold conditions.
Employees of the contracting organisation, or its client, may be at risk from the activities of a contractor, as could members of the public.
Organisations that engage contractors and sub-contractors have a responsibility under Health and Safety Law to protect them from harm caused by company work activities. Similarly, contractors and sub-contractors must co-operate with the client and each other to ensure they do not do anything that puts themselves or others at risk. Members of the public should not be put at risk by the contract activities.
This competence form will assist you in ensuring any contractors you are using, are working in line with Health & Safety Law.
It is not a legal requirement to complete a Sub Contractor Competence Form if you are using Sub Contractors at any point, however - it is ACoP (Approved Codes of Practice) and generally good practice to ensure your Sub Contractors are working safely. The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) has special legal status and gives practical advice for all those involved in construction work. If you follow the advice in the ACoP you will be doing enough to comply with the law in respect of those specific matters on which it gives advice.
I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?
If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.
Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.
Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.
To download and install Open Office;