Contractor Management is the managing of outsourced work performed for an individual company. Contractor management implements a system that manages contractors' health and safety information, insurance information, training programs, site specific documents, and certifications that pertain to the contractor and the owner client.
With the continuing requirements and needs of production, companies struggle to standardize their contractor safety management processes. Companies need to have full visibility into the quality of work their hired contractors have performed in the past and are performing now, and this often proves difficult.
Effective contractor management relies first on a standardized prequalification form (PQF). A quality prequalification form will also allow for customized functionality, as needed. The prequalification form ensures that the necessary steps are in place for a contractor to work safely and sustainably, prior to establishing an agreement, or allowing a contractor to come on-site.
There are two major considerations when managing contractors. First is deciding on the criteria for evaluation and second is developing an effective management process to evaluate these criteria.
Once the contractor has been onboarded, the contractor must be monitored for compliance, this is a significant part of contractor management. An audit is conducted based on the services that are performed by the contractor and the at risk activities associated with that service.
For contractors involved in a higher risk trade (i.e. lockout-tagout, confined space workers) the audit is an essential part of reviewing the contractor's safety program. Many of these high risk workers are involved in potentially life-threatening situations and must demonstrate their ability to protect employees and their clients from harmful situations.
Fortress HSE Pro offers solutions which measures and monitors the contractor's level of safety qualification, as well as participation of on-site performance.