Managing contractors for premises works

Find health and safety guidance on using contractors for premises works. We outline advice from one of our associate experts, the DfE and a local authority. You'll also find a checklist from the Health and Safety Executive.

Last reviewed on 2 June 2021
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  1. Managing contractors on school premises
  2. Selecting contractors: guidance from the DfE
  3. Checklist from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  4. Insurance requirements for contractors

Managing contractors on school premises

Follow local authority (LA) procedures 

Maintained schools should seek practical guidance on managing contractors safely from the health and safety team within the LA.

LAs may also help with the procurement of contractors. Schools should seek advice from their LAs on the procurement process to ensure contractors are accredited and reputable.

Academies may also wish to approach their LA for information. Some LAs have a trading relationship with academies and can offer guidance on procurement.

Phil Preston, one of our associate education experts, told us this.

See another of our articles for guidance on procurement.

Select a suitable contractor

They should look at several different contractors before deciding who to choose, and meet with prospective contractors to ask why they believe they would be the best fit for