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 addresses 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 takes 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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Wednesday February 20, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT


Creating a Four-Quarter Plan for Managing Risk & Safety

5 Best Practices for Creating a Contractor Safety Management Program

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Wednesday February 20, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT

Most successful companies have a long-term vision and an expectation of where they want to be and how they will get there. As a result, each new business year inevitably brings with it corporate resolutions and company goals that will pave the way for the months ahead. 

Such goals often include increasing sales, opening new locations, and offering new and improved products and services. To manage costs and streamline operations, many organizations are turning to contractors to supply them with goods and services that previously were kept in-house. Hiring contractors presents companies with both benefits and areas of potential risk that must be addressed throughout the process. 

This presentation will examine best practice methods in contractor management, outlined by the Campbell Institute, a division of the National Safety Council, and review the steps that companies should be taking now and throughout the year to establish a safe and conscientious plan for managing the contractors they work with. 

Topics include: 

• Research findings on contractor management best practices. 
• Incorporating leading and lagging risk indicators. 
• Establishing more effective partnerships with contractors and suppliers. 
• Working with internal teams to achieve a common goal. 


Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong

Vice President of Marketing, BROWZ

Brett Armstrong is Vice President at BROWZ. He's been with BROWZ for over ten years, and he's had experienced managing teams that have supported the world's leading organizations, during the implementation and ongoing management of supply chain qualification programs.

Earlier at BROWZ, Brett led the operations team for more than 7 years, this experience provides him today with the foundation and understanding necessary to support the communication needs of our clients and contractors.

Dennis  Robinson

Dennis Robinson

Business Development Specialist, BROWZ

Dennis Robinson has been with BROWZ for over 10 years and is currently working as Business Development Specialist. Prior to his current role, Dennis managed the Assessment Specialist team responsible for the validation of all contractor documentation. Mr. Robinson’s experience provides him with a first-hand knowledge of the details and documentation organization’s rely on to ensure they are working with safe, responsible contractors. 


New Year’s Resolutions for Managing Risk & Safety

Thursday January 17, 2019

2:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM MT

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