Contractor prequalification and management continues to be a very critical part of most business's operations. As you know, the partners you choose to work with can greatly affect your supply chain and impact the overall performance of your company. Owners, prime and subcontractors are no longer insulated from one another’s safety liabilities. Employing organizations will be held accountable for the decisions they make on who they hire – including third-party contractors.
As such, a contractor’s prior safety performance should be part of the standard evaluation criteria. In the age of global harmonization, it makes good sense that each party looks after one another. Looking out for one another can take the form of an establishing safety performance protocols, thorough contractor prequalification, and work area oversight.
Companies like Xcel Energy are taking a proactive approach to managing the relationships with third-party contractors, suppliers, and vendors. By taking a close look at these third-parties and drawing a line in the sand of who they will work with based on key safety and performance metrics, they are able to reduce the risk to their organization improve their safety performance.
- How to foster a culture of safety by prequalifying and managing contractors and suppliers.
- How involving executive leadership is key to a widespread adoption of contractor management
- How to achieve high levels of compliance throughout your contractors and suppliers.
- How to maintain positive relationships with contractors while having a high level of scrutiny for safety and performance indicators.