Human factors: Contractors
Contractorisation is the process of downsizing, restructuring or other initiatives to enable contractors to be used to replace or supplement company staff in performing activities. It is often known as outsourcing. Contractors are organisations or individuals who provide a service, but are not directly employed by the client company. These services may be provided onsite (e.g. specialist maintenance activities, asbestos removal) or elsewhere (e.g. provision of design or safety analyses). However, any company using the services of a contractor must retain an understanding and knowledge of the product or service being supplied – and be mindful of responsibility for managing safe operations (see Intelligent Customer topic page).
Key principles in contractorisation
More information on contractorisation
- Licensee use of contractors and intelligent customer capability
Guidance developed for HSE’s Inspectors of Nuclear sites, but includes useful guidance for other industries.
- Use of contractors: A joint responsibility
- Managing contractors: A guide for employers