Contractor Health and Safety Obligation Agreement

Before commencing any work in Little Feet Childcare Centre Limited contractors must ensure that any employees of the contractor and any sub-contractors are fully aware of:

  • Emergency procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.
  • Safety rules and procedures.
  • Hazards which have been identified.

The Contractor is reminded that work conducted is subject to the provisions of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The contractor understands that they cannot rely on the centre management to monitor contractor behaviour, and the contractor will ensure this agreement is complied with.

In Particular:

  • Contractors are to comply with all regulations, enactments, and codes of practice (approved or voluntary) applying to the trade or profession within which they operate.
  • Contractors must ensure requirements for police vetting are met for Contractor’s staff that work in a centre when children are present.
  • The centre manager is to be advised of any and all hazardous activities and hazardous plant, machinery or substances that are to be introduced into the place of work which may affect centre employees, children, families, visitors, or the public.
  • The contractor is not to use any of the centre’s plant or equipment without specific authority.
  • All persons utilised by the contractor are to be fully competent in the work to be undertaken, or be directly supervised by a competent person appointed by the Contractor.
  • The Contractor cannot rely on the centre manager to monitor or supervise the Contractor’s safety performance, and the Contractor must ensure systems are in place to ensure adequate supervision of Contractor and Subcontractor employees.
  • Any accident or incident that harms or might have harmed any person in the place of work (in addition to being recorded, notified and investigated as required under sections 7(2), 25, 26 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992), is to be reported to the centre manager.
  • All safety clothing/equipment required to minimise the risk of harm is to be provided by the Contractor, accessible to and used by person(s) engaged in the work being undertaken.
  • Should the Contractor cause a disruption to electrical supply, water supply or triggering a fire alarm, not previously agreed with the centre manager, the Contractor will reimburse the centre for any direct cost incurred, in particular any fines or expenses from the New Zealand Fire Service related to any fire alarm caused by the Contractor or the Contractor’s activities.
  • The Contractor understands they will be the “person in control of the workplace” in terms of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and associated Regulations, and will carry out all responsibilities of the “person in control of the workplace”, including ensuring no one on or near the workplace is exposed to a hazard the Contractor creates or controls and notifying the Department of Labour if notifiable work is to be carried out on the workplace.
  • The Contractor will not leave any all tools, equipment or chemicals accessible to children at any time. The Contractor will advise the centre manager of any hazards they have created which may affect staff or children on or near the workplace.
  • The centre manager may require work to cease if she considers the Contractor is posing an unacceptable risk to themselves, or those in the centre. The Contractor shall meet any costs associated with the suspension of work on grounds of safety.

Failure to abide by these conditions may result in the contract being terminated immediately, and the Contractor will meet any costs incurred as a result of termination of contract due to breach by the Contractor.