Don't Cut Corners When It Comes to Health and Safety; Paul Smith, Associate Director in Facilities Management at DTZ, Looks at the Challenges of Choosing a Health and Safety Supplier
Byline: Paul Smith
QI am an occupier looking to change my health and safety provider, what do I need to consider when choosing a contractor? AFollowing the recent news that support services group Connaught had gone into administration, many occupiers were concerned that Safecontractor, the group's accreditation scheme, would be affected.
The good news is that the scheme is likely to be unaffected and remains an important part of choosing a supplier for property repairs or maintenance. With spending under the microscope, occupiers need to be careful that cost is not the only criterion when choosing a supplier as saving money in the wrong areas can lead to cutting corners and with it bring additional risks to your business.
We all know someone who can do the job cheaper, but why is that so? 'Cash in hand', 'no VAT', 'working on the side' are all common known ways to get work done cheaply, but even if the work is undertaken legally what are the hidden risks? Like most things, if the price is too good to be true, then it most probably is. Sadly, all too often, one area comprised by appointing contractors at low cost is that of health and safety.
Those who offer services at substantial discounts may not have allowed sufficient resources to ensure that all safety controls will be provided. Choosing the wrong contractor could cost you more in the long run through poor quality, workplace accidents or adverse publicity.
Any organisation which appoints contractors must be 'reasonably satisfied' that the contractor is competent to carry out the works or services safely. …