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18 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM By Amy K. Harper, PhD, CSP, SMS, Journey to Safety Excellence & Workplace Strateg y Director for the National Safety Council Could Contractor Management Help Your Organization? Much research has already been done to determine how safety may be negatively impacted when contractors are used and how much (or little) attention is paid to managing contractor safety. Safety T he issue of managing a contractor's environ- mental health and safety (EHS) performance is an ongoing concern among organizations of all industries, typically because contractors may be performing non-routine work at sites that are not directly supervised by an EHS manager — or any manager at all. Much research has already been done to determine how safety may be negatively impacted when contractors are used and how much (or little) attention is paid to managing contractor safety. W hile it is a rigorous and often drawn-out process, one option may be a prequalification process. In terms of relationships and communication, prequal- ification was found as an opportunity to develop solid relationships between asset owners and contractors and to encourage contractors to modify their behavior in light of a long-term view of the contracting relationship, according to a paper by Baroudi & Metcalfe. e paper also noted that because prequalification forces contractors to scrutinize their practices and systems, it appears that prequalification provides opportunities for continuous improvement. Could a prequalification process be right for you? A New Report A new research report from the National Safety Council (NSC), Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of 3rd-Party Management, focuses on the prequalification stage of managing contractors: why prequalification is important, how third-party prequalifica- tion companies operate, and how the prequalifying process enables contractors to become better and safer overall. is research investigates whether suppliers, contractors, and vendors realize improved safety performance as a result of their participation in prequalification programs. Contractor data from one specific prequalification company was used to conduct the study. is particular third-party prequalification company has a contractor qualification process that starts with contractors submitting their data and completing an online question- naire. e company then verifies and scores compliance data (called "scorecarding") and monitors the changes in these data points over time. Gaps or deficiencies in recordkeeping, communication, work organization, training, safety culture, or standards enforcement are identified in order to assist contractors in understanding how to become safer and more qualified to compete for business. Ultimately, asset owners hiring contractors could utilize this third-party prequalification company's compliance status and scorecarding as a factor in issuing future work opportunities. In fact, client organizations are increasingly requiring contractors who demonstrate their commitment to EHS performance.

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