Need to vet your subcontractors? CQMS explains what you need to know

When you employ a subcontractor to carry out work on your behalf at either your premises or those of your client, you have a duty under the health and safety legislation to ensure they are competent for the task you have employed them to do.
CQMS, health and safety consultancy Lincolnshire
CQMS, health and safety consultancy Lincolnshire
Jan. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- Wayne Eaton from CQMS, a leading health and safety consultancy in the UK comments:

“When you employ a subcontractor, you are obliged to check their competence to ensure they comply with current health and safety legislation and have appropriate company documentation and records in place. This is known as subcontractor vetting, or competency evaluation, and is a requirement by legislation when employing subcontractors.

“The vetting of all your subcontractors’ health and safety documents can be very onerous for employers.  And, more importantly, you need experience in assessing their competency to ensure you are asking for the right documents and to be able to recognise if the subcontractor is competent to undertake the proposed tasks. CQMS has over 10 years’ experience in carrying out all subcontractor vetting and competency evaluations.”

Your obligations

Before employing subcontractors, employers have a duty to carry out an evaluation to ensure they are competent and adequately resourced. This evaluation may include:
•   Reviewing company documentation
•   Reviewing training records, including the use of any plant, equipment or tools
•   Ensuring appropriate insurances are in place.

How CQMS can help you

Says Wayne:
“At CQMS we have been undertaking subcontractor vetting since 2000 for our clients. We have conducted thousands of competency assessments covering a wide variety of trades, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation and peace of mind for our clients. Assessment is carried out to core criteria detailed within Appendix 4 of the CDM ACoP.”

CQMS make key evaluation details on each subcontractor available to our clients 24/7 via a secure area on our website (

Wayne continues:

“Furthermore, we understand that clients may have specific in-house forms,  i.e. questionnaires, which form part of their audit process and therefore we can incorporate these forms into our system in the subcontractor vetting and evaluation process.”

Contact us

The consultants at CQMS have vast experience  carrying out Subcontractor Vetting, gained from working on a wide variety of construction projects nationwide, however, we know that every project is different, so please contact us on 0845 603 1245 for an in depth discussion about your individual company vetting requirements.


For more information,
please contact CQMS on 0845 605 1245
or visit


CQMS Limited was formed in July 1994 to support employers and the self-employed across the UK through increasingly complicated Health and Safety Law.

CQMS is run by Eleanor and Wayne Eaton. CQMS is highly regarded throughout the health and safety industry for providing excellent health and safety consultancy services. Staffed by highly qualified and experienced advisers, CQMS provides specialist advice and support enabling the employer to work comfortably within the law, protecting the fundamental right to manage.

By working in partnership with companies, CQMS aim to add value our client’s businesses and help them save money by reducing accidents and incidents at work, increasing productivity and, ultimately, profitability.

As a family-run business we strongly believe in delivering a dedicated personal service that will meet your Health and Safety needs, leaving you free to run your business.

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