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

The Birmingham Post (England), October 14, 2010 | Go to article overview

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. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

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
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.