Once you've read the required information in the sections below, please sign and complete the Contractor Safety Agreement.
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Foundation Housing’s Commitment
Employers are responsible for ensuring that all contractors that visit our properties hold satisfactory police clearances. Police clearances need to be available for provision to Foundation Housing whenever requested.
Where a contractor has been advised of personal information, they are to ensure it is only to be used for the purposes of safety. Any other disclosure, where is it not on a “need to know” basis will be in breach of the Privacy Act.
While Foundation Housing will seek to provide all necessary information about the hazards of the site and type of work, the contractor must conduct their own risk assessment when they reach the site before proceeding.
Where a contractor has spotted a hazard or risk they are to report it to Foundation Housing as soon as possible.
We expect you to follow safe work methods and use the correct personal protective equipment to protect against the typical hazards of working in your trade, for example:
There are additional risks that you need to pay particular attention to:
Foundation Housing employees are to review the database to see if there are any alerts flagged and advise contractors. An example of an alert is dogs at the property or asbestos has been identified.
When a contractor has an allocated work order, they are to:
Where a contractor has arrived and it is identified that the tenant or resident is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the contractor is to refer to their own policies on this matter, and where the situation is deemed as high risk, they are to cease work immediately and report this to Foundation Housing.
If the contractor feels they are in danger, they are to leave the property as soon as possible. High-risk factors can include residents and tenants affected by mental illness, alcohol, drugs and are abusive, unknown visitors and vicious dogs on the property.
Personal Protective Equipment
Contractors must ensure they and their staff have been provided with the adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the work being undertaken.
It is good practice for you and your employees to carry a first aid kit to all jobs and to ensure you are aware of the nearest emergency medical services to the property you are visiting.
It is also good practice to ensure you have with you a fire extinguisher and where necessary, a fire blanket in the event of an emergency.
Foundation Housing is a smoke free environment – there is to be no smoking within FHL workplaces, houses, lodges or in company vehicles.
Contractors are to always be aware of any sharps, soiled linen spills that may be present in a property. Where a contractor has identified or found sharps within a property, they are to follow the following procedure:
Foundation Housing will advise contractors where there is a property with identified Asbestos and the location as relevant. Where a contractor has identified Asbestos in a property, they are to stop work and advise Foundation Housing as soon as possible.
If the contractor identifies a squatter when visiting a Foundation Housing property, try to remain calm. A mental risk assessment should be conducted to be aware of the surroundings, the way in and out and the behaviour of the squatter. If you feel unsafe, leave and advise Foundation Housing if you find a squatter in one of our properties.
All employees, contractors and visitors must report any incident and/or hazard to Foundation Housing’s Property Services Team as soon as reasonably practicable, by completing an Incident Report Form.
On receiving the Incident Report Form, Foundation Housing will gather information from the contractor on the immediate actions taken and injuries. A copy of the Incident Report Form is to be provided to the contracted Safety Administrator.
Should Foundation Housing become aware of any safety breach, they may: