"Contractor" means a person who, pursuant to one or more contracts, directs the activities of one or more employers or self-employed persons involved in work at a workplace; («entrepreneur»)
"Prime Contractor" means the prime contractor for a construction project referred to in section 7; («entrepreneur principal»)
"Worker" includes any person engaged by another person to perform services, whether under a contract of employment or not
Source: The Workplace Health & Safety Act
Employing contractors is a common practice today, but what are the responsibilities regarding their health and safety? Owners, employers and contractors, involved in a contract have responsibilities to ensure that the work is done safely and according to the health and safety legislation in their jurisdiction. Contractors are required, as far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that workplaces and work processes do not create a risk to the health and safety of any persons working as an employer, employer’s worker or self-employed person carrying out a contract with the contractor.
There must be a prime contractor for a project when more than one employer or self-employed person is involved in a work project at the same time. The prime contractor must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that every person involved in a work project complies with the health and safety requirements of the project jurisdiction, so that no person is exposed to risks to his or her health and safety arising from activities at the project site.
It is important to remember that employers, contractors and sub-contractors carry responsibility to comply with jurisdictional legislation and ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of any persons working at their work projects and sites.