Follow the red tape It's much easier


The days of turning up on site as a contractor and de bunking all your gear and getting stuck into a welding job
without signing in or obtaining various permits  have gone.
These days it can take a contractor almost an hour to get all the paperwork in place before they have done a stroke
of work.

A typical example goes like this:

Arrive on site and the first thing you need to do is sign in at reception. This is so that the host company has a idea of
who is on their site and allows them to record your details in case there is a fire. It is equally important that you sign
out again when you leave otherwise they could be risking lives searching a building for you in the case of a fire.

The next thing you will need to do is to make sure that you are wearing appropriate protective clothing as set out in
the host company's policy. This will often take the form of:

Hi Viz Vest
Steel toe-capped footwear
Sometimes it is compulsary to wear eye safety glasses or a hair net on site depending on the type of business you
are visiting.

The next thing you will be asked is whether you have had a site induction. This typically involves reading a folder of
the host company's site rules and regulations and also will indicate what to do in the case of a fire etc.

Once you have been inducted you might then have to produce a Risk Assesment for the work and the location you
are proposing to work. Along with this you are invariably asked for a Method Statement for your proposed work.

The next thing you should be asked for is a copy of your current insurance policy. No company worth it's salt is going
to let you loose with a welder or gas cutting gear without first checking to see that you have the correct insurance.

The next thing on some lists is to check to see that all your electrical gear has a current PAT test.

The last thing you will need before you begin to start work will be permit to work. These are job specific and can be
specialised for a particular kind of job. For example Hot Work, General work, Working at height, Working in a confined
space.

So you can see what's involved before you even start to work.

Don't be tempted to try and shortcut the system. You will get found out and probably thrown off site permanently.

Also your insurance policy (If you are lucky enough to get one for hot work ) states that you must get the permission
of your host company before you start any such work. If you don't, your insurance will be invalid. These days a
fully stocked warehouse might contain goods with a value running into tens of millions. Guess who will have a law
suite after them which will take all you own and your house as well if you are not careful!!

Don't fight the system!  It's much easier and it will impress companies if you are prepared and all up to date.
They like people like this and it will go a long way in your professional approach to your business.

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As with all my articles, I encourage you to do your own research into these subjects. These articles are my own point of view and are not intended to be advice in any way.

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