Contractor Safety Beyond Compliance

Modeling OSHA’s recommended best practices for contractor management

During the fourth quarter of 2016, OSHA unveiled their Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. The guideline represents 30 years of experience with learning best practices, knowledge gained from the Voluntary Protection Program, and awareness of today’s dynamic workplace. In addition to being the gatekeepers of workplace safety regulations, OSHA offers a structured model to small and medium sized companies to help them build their own integrated safety/health program.

The guideline offers a proactive approach to safety that goes beyond compliance and takes into account leading indicators such as creating a learning atmosphere that trains management of their safety responsibilities, engaging employees, assessing hazards, program evaluation and communicating across the entire workforce.

With the published resources, OSHA is now giving small to medium sized companies the same tools and safety/health process approach that large corporations have been using successfully for years.

In this presentation, the speaker will address how the many pieces of safety/health are put together to fit into a larger management system – where the whole is greater than the sum parts. Host employers who hire contractors can utilize the seven core elements to assess their supply chain companies – using a beyond compliance approach to vetting their suppliers.

Using a leading indicator, continuous process improvement approach to safety/health will provide more insight on a contractor’s ability to work safely than the traditional compliance alone view. The speaker will take the audience through the seven core elements of OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety/Health Programs. The audience will see that the within each element, are factors that are not compliance-based – but are good business practices. 

Key Topics

  • Host employer qualification of contractors
  • New guidelines from OSHA
  • Safety management systems assessment
  • Safety beyond compliance
  • Leading indicators

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Pat Cunningham, MS

Pat Cunningham, MS

Director of Safety & Auditing Services, BROWZ

Pat Cunningham has a Masters in Occupational Health & Safety Management and over 25 years of experience in the field of safety. In addition to his appointment to the VPPPA Education Committee, Pat is a Delegate to the National Safety Council. Prior to BROWZ, Pat worked for Xcel Energy as the Director of Corporate Safety.

During that time, he was tasked with forming a contractor safety and qualification department for Xcel Energy. With this new department, Pat and Xcel Energy gained significant insight into the metrics of supply chain compliance to company protocols, the need for in-house employee training, supplier training and internal compliance of company policy.


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Thursday April 25, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT


How to Evaluate the Safety Performance of Contractors Using Lagging & Leading Indicators

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Thursday April 25, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT

Joint responsibility is the new normal for managing safety between employers and the contractors they hire. Any contractor, subcontractor, or vendor that comes on your site is now part of your risk profile. How do you manage this risk and desire for contractor continuous process improvement?

Progressive companies know they cannot limit their supply chain safety assessment focus to compliance alone. Contractors and suppliers that are compliant on paper still experience employee injury, leadership challenges, production errors and near miss events. Thought-leading organizations such as the National Safety Council are challenging industry to 'Move the Curve', and go beyond compliance – to look deeper into safety management systems and company safety culture.

Join us for a webinar discussing using both lagging and leading indicators to evaluate the safety performance of contractors. We will be discussing how to track a contractor's safety statistics and OSHA/MSHA violations, auditing safety programs, and also performing safety management systems assessments.

Key Topics

  • Why evaluate safety performance of contractors
  • What information to look at to track safety
  • How to interpret the safety data
  • How to manage the data
  • Auditing safety programs and safety manuals
  • Performing safety management system assessments


Dennis  Robinson

Dennis Robinson

Business Development Specialist

Dennis Robinson has been in the supply chain industry for more than 10 years. Before his current role, Dennis managed the assessment specialist team responsible for the validation of all contractor documentation. His experience provides him with firsthand knowledge of the details and documentation organizations rely on to ensure they are working with safe, responsible contractors.

Laurie Knape

Laurie Knape

ASP, CSP, CLCS, HSE Professional

Laurie has over 20 years of HSE experience. She is a CSP, ASP, CLSC. She is the regulatory chair for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, member for API RP 75, member of ASSP for 13 years. Laurie attended the Univ of CT for HSE, Columbia Southern Univ for Science and Business.