Investigates the reality behind the perceptions within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that contractorisation is increasing health and safety risks through additional contracted interfaces, particularly where small companies were involved. A focused investigation was undertaken with selected companies from the events, food processing and health service sectors. Two supply chains were selected in each of these sectors, consisting of a combination of customer and /or second tier suppliers. Questionnaires consisting of fifty short questions, targeting the key areas with numbered tick boxes for a graded response, were used at face -to -face meetings with two or three named individuals in each company, complemented by discussion to elicit wider views and opinions. Provides information and recommendations that may be used as the basis for developing future guidance and action.
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