South Waikato District Council wants to work with contractors who support health and safety practices that keep their workers and others safe from risks.
Our focus is to achieve a health and safety culture for all employees and our communities.
Work Safe, Home Safe and Healthy Every Day.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) places a duty on a “person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)” to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that contractors, subcontractors and their workers are not harmed while undertaking any work.
SWDC has committed to using a health and safety pre-qualification processes that will rate contractor’s processes under the HSWA. This will enable Council to consider a contractor’s health and safety commitment when awarding tenders, projects and contracts.
The following health and safety pre-qualification systems are currently acceptable by Council:
Pre-qualification contractors’ benefits
Contractors can access independent and cost-effective advice on the following:
- Where your business stands in relation to health and safety standards: and
- How to improve your health and safety practices quickly and easily.
It also provides additional benefits to both Council and the contractor by:
- Giving Council confidence when awarding contracts.
- And increases your appeal to South Waikato District Council and other main contractors or principal organisations, as it demonstrates your commitment to good health and safety practices.
Making it easy for other main contractors or principals to see your health and safety performance immediately; and
Health & Safety Pre-qualification South Waikato District Council benefits
South Waikato District Council must demonstrate that they have met their due diligence obligations under the HSWA. It is therefore important that we have the confidence in knowing that any contractor we use understands both our expectations and their own obligations.
Where a contractor does not meet one of the health and safety pre-qualification requirements, the contractor will not be able to conduct work until the requirements have been achieved. Health and safety pre-qualification schemes have processes in place to assist the contractor to gain the level of compliance Council requires.
Contractor’s Health and Safety Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to help South Waikato District Council contractors understand practices and to work together to consult, cooperate and coordinate on risk management. Our aim is to work together to prevent harm to our workers.
View the booklet here: Contractor Health & Safety Handbook