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Health and safety: sustainable procurement guidance

Guidance for public bodies covering the procurement of products where health and safety is a potential issue.

Health and safety: sustainable procurement guidance

Overview: health and well-being – health and safety 

This guidance is concerned with buying goods, services or works where health and safety requirements are considered to be relevant and proportionate.  

It is part of a series of guides which support the sustainable procurement duty tools to help public sector organisations embed sustainability into their procurement processes.

In relevant contracts, health and safety requirements should be reflected throughout the procurement process, including: 

  • in the contract notice
  • in technical specifications, (that can include the method of production or provision of the requested goods, works or services)
  • as part of supplier selection
  • in award criteria that can include social and environmental characteristics
  • in the contract award notice

This guidance explains how to apply health and safety requirements at each stage of the procurement process.

Description of risk or opportunity 

Is health and safety a potential issue when providing a related service or using supplied products, and/or is there an opportunity to improve health and safety? 

For example, according to the type of products procured or within service delivery (for example, ICT equipment, construction services).

Disclaimer: This guidance is provided to support the embedding of relevant and proportionate contract/framework requirements and the information and examples are provided in good faith. To the extent that this guidance contains any information concerning procurement law such information does not constitute advice to you.

The content of this guidance is not to be construed as legal advice or a substitute for such advice, which you should obtain from your own legal advisers if required. Scottish Government is not and shall not be held responsible for anything done or not done by you as a result of this guidance.