Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association :: View topic - Duties of Care | Shared Premises

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:40 am Reply with quote Back to top
A review of a company's health and safety policy/procedures found that they shared a building (no separating walls) with another company that had no control of H&S, to make it worse they had to walk through this other company to get to theirs.

Do you know if companies have to take into consideration others that are in a shared space?  
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:40 am Reply with quote Back to top
I think there is a responsibility under the MHSAWR in this case. The extent also depends on what the companies do that share the premises... I was speaking to someone about this the other day so i'll try to get some information for you  
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:16 am Reply with quote Back to top
More information on this subject can be found on ww.hse.gov.uk of course in relation to cooperation, shared premises, landlord's duties etc, but in principle yes there is a very clear duty to work together. That is an absolute, but in terms of the original question, cooperate on what exactly is a matter for the two organisation to work out. Is one a school and one a scrap yard?

In essence, an assessment that covers their 'risks' to you, your 'risks' to them and any new 'risks' that arise as a combination of your two undertakings should be performed.

Consider:

What could go wrong
How are we preventing this
What plans do we have should it go wrong

You may have to determine these in relation to safety of the individuals from very direct causes such as falling objects, workplace transport etc and from operational matters too. "We make food and you incinerate bio waste". They wouldn't be a good combination.

I suspect that from the OP it is not going to be as complex as this, but the principles still stand.


The ACOP on the Management of Health And Safety at Work Regulations gives very clear guidance on the matter. Reg11. Co-operation and Co-ordination.

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