Contractor Safety a Growing Issue
A presentation on the necessity and benefits of having a comprehensive safety program and an introduction to the requirements of a program.
- Why do contractors
need to be prequalified?
- New regulations.
- Best management
- Improved relationships.
- New regulations.
- Designed for
flexibility to protect employees.
- Offers general guidelines.
- Health &
Safety (H&S) plans must be developed for hazardous waste sites.
Contractor control is required.
- Health & Safety (H&S) plans must be developed for hazardous waste sites.
- When contractors are utilized, the on-site employer and the outside contractor must inform each other of their respective lockout or tagout procedures
- Contract employees
who perform work in confined spaces.
- Contract employees who perform work in confined spaces.
- Process Safety
- To ensure
that the actions of contractors do not lead to catastrophic releases,
fire, or explosions.
- To ensure that the actions of contractors do not lead to catastrophic releases, fire, or explosions.
- Must complete
prequalification safety evaluation.
based on a numerical experience system:
rates, BLS - SIC codes.
- EMR - Workers
- OSHA recordable
- Incidence rates, BLS - SIC codes.
of a contractor's safety performance:
cases (Lost time, Restricted cases, OSHA citations).
- Is senior
management committed to safety?
- Is safety
an integral part of project management?
- Are safety and training improvement programs in place?
- Measurable results
- 29 CFR 1926.16(a), OSHA states, "In no case shall the prime contractor be relieved of overall responsibility for compliance with the requirements of this part for all work to be performed under the contract."
- 29 CFR 1926.16(c) OSHA further states, "With respect to subcontracted work, the prime contractor and any subcontractor or subcontractors shall be deemed to have joint responsibility."
- 29 CFR 1926.16(d), "Where joint responsibility exists both the prime contractor and his subcontractor or subcontractors, regardless of tier, shall be considered subject to the enforcement provisions of the Act."
- Identifying who
supervises contract employees.
- OSHA may treat contract employees as direct-hire employees if management of the host employer provides the majority of supervision and the contractor supervisor only serves as a figure head.
- Contractors have
the responsibility to ensure that all employees are properly trained.
- Safety orientation
should include a review of:
- Physical and
chemicals hazards on site (fire, explosion, and toxic release type
- General safety
rules and regulations.
reporting and response procedures.
- Work permit
- Other day-to-day issues.
- Physical and chemicals hazards on site (fire, explosion, and toxic release type hazards).
- Training will raise the level of safety awareness.
- Essential in reducing
injuries and illnesses and in maintaining a safe work environment.
- Designed to protect
employees, company's facilities, and local community.
- Conduct pre-entry briefing prior to site entry and at other times, as necessary, to ensure that employees are aware of site hazards.
- JHA techniques
can be used to develop project-specific specification and procedures
scope of work.
and evaluating controls for reducing hazards.
hazards of each task.
- Biological hazards.
- Reviewing scope of work.
- Periodic safety
- Correct known deficiencies.
- Must be kept
at the work area - Readily available for all personnel.
- Must be documented, reviewed, and updated as necessary.
- Must have on-site
project manager (Site-Supervisor).
- Essential for providing a smooth and efficient operation.
- Must share overall
responsibility and liability.
- Must be a professional:
- Able to interpret and manage safety programs, solve problems efficiently and expediently.
- Must develop skills for recognizing and managing legal, financial, and customer relations.
- Guidelines must
be created for contractors.
- Company policies
and standards, contractor safety rules and procedures.
- Initial training.
- Company policies and standards, contractor safety rules and procedures.
- Must learn from
mistakes or near misses.
- Safety must be measured and monitored.
- A good safety
program is a catalysts for reducing accidents.
- Minimal or "paper"
safety programs - Not Acceptable.
- Commitment to
excellence in safety and quality practices.
- Safety first.
- Without safety
- Poor quality.
- Poor quality - increased production cost - poor employee morale.
- Without safety - Poor quality.