Co-operation and Co-ordination Between Employers in Same Workplace
Each employer must, where two or more employers share a workplace either on a permanent basis or temporarily (other than for a very short duration):
co-operate with the other(s) so far as is necessary to enable each of them to comply with health and safety legislation and fire safety legislation;
take all reasonable steps to co-ordinate his health and safety measures with those of the other employer(s);
take all reasonable steps to inform the other employer(s) of the risks to their employee's health and safety from the conduct of his undertaking.
These duties also apply to:
the employer(s) sharing with one or more self-employed persons;
the self-employed person(s) sharing with one or more employers;
self-employed persons sharing with each other.
Appointment of Health and Safety Co-ordinator
Where there is a controlling employer, he may choose to specify in contracts or tenancy agreements or the like the required arrangements and responsibilities for co-operation and co-ordination.
Where there is no controlling employer, those sharing the workplace should agree such joint arrangements as are needed to meet the requirements of the Management Regulations. In some cases the appointment of a health and safety supervisor or co-ordinator will be needed.
Where the controller of the workplace is not an employer, for example the owner of a multi-occupancy workplace, he has fire safety duties and a general duty as regards users' health and safety in respect of access, egress, premises and any articles and substances used there. In performing a part of that duty he may choose to specify in contracts or tenancy agreements or the like the required arrangements and responsibilities for co-operation and co-ordination.