Guide

Agency workers' health and safety

Introduction

If you supply or use agency workers you need to be aware of your responsibilities for their health and safety.

Agency workers can face particular problems because, for example, they may not be familiar with the potential hazards in the business they are working in. The risks can be reduced through effective partnership and co-operation between the agency and the business. It is also importmant to follow good practice in areas such as risk assessment and communication.

Throughout this guide, we use 'agency workers' to mean people who obtain work through an employment business (referred to in this guidance as the 'agency').

Employment and user businesses in certain sectors such as agriculture must also comply with relevant licence conditions set by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.