Reimagining Contractor Qualification:
Contractor Management That Ensures Compliance Down to the Employee Level
Contractor Qualification (CQ) has been around for some time. Larger facilities face the paradoxical responsibility of safety compliance for employees that are not their own but are performing work on their job site. Since it would be near-impossible for owner/operators to implement an all-encompassing safety management program for another company’s employees, CQ programs allow owner/operators to pre-qualify sub-contractor companies to ensure adequate historical safety records and standards. While most CQ programs do a decent job ensuring sub-contracting companies meet certain metrics of safety during the Pre-qualification process, they stop short of ensuring only qualified employees are performing tasks on their jobsites. Through the simple application of existing technologies, Contractor Qualification programs can be improved to track ongoing compliance down to the specific tasks performed by individual employees.
Common CQ Program Requirements
Establishing Risk Thresholds: The owner/operator sets various risk thresholds and tier standards that contractors, sub-contractors, and vendors must meet in order to be able to perform work at their facility/jobsite.
Ongoing Safety Management: Require subcontractors to submit proof of ongoing safety management to keep safety on everyone’s mind: Daily JSA’s & Weekly Safety Meetings
Badging Employees: Require subcontracting employees to badge in at the gate. Add the following requirements to all subcontracting employees to standardize safety down to the employee level:
• Drug tests
• Background checks
• Training verification
• Site-specific Orientation
*Badging also allows owner/operators to know who is on their site at any given time.
At the end of the day, owner/operators and subcontracting companies are both responsible for the safety of employees on the worksite. While the owner/operator shares this responsibility, sub-contractors would do well to recognize the importance of safety, both for their employees’ wellbeing and for the potential of future work with the client. Shifting Contractor Qualification programs to focus on individual employee safety and emphasize continued safety monitoring increases overall compliance, reduces incidents, injuries, and contractor employee turnover, and ultimately achieves a significant return on investment for everyone involved.