All workers are entitled to work in an environment where the risks to their health and safety are properly identified and controlled.
The Health and Safety Executive states in its guidance on ‘Health and safety for agency/temporary workers’: ‘In practice, the day-to-day responsibility for health and safety during the assignment will lie with the end user. It will be in the best position to manage the health and safety of the worker as it will direct the worker’s activities and control the premises where that work takes place. The end user must ensure the safety of its temporary workers as it does that of its own employees.’ but that: ‘The employment business should not send the temporary worker to a job unless they are satisfied their health and safety will be protected.’
So, labour providers and labour users have a joint responsibility for the health and safety of workers. In short, the labour user must provide a safe working environment, but the labour provider must be satisfied that it is safe before a worker is supplied.
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