Has your company found a way to keep
all contract workers and subcontract
workers as safe as your own employees?
Nearly three years ago, when ORC
Worldwide (ORC) began looking at the challenge of
protecting contract workers on behalf of a client, we
discovered an astonishing absence of data on contract
worker injuries and fatalities.
In October 2006, ORC coordinated the National
Summit on Contractor Safety to examine a growing concern:
that contract workers experience a disproportionately
large share of serious injuries and fatalities on the job. The
summit revealed that many companies, including leading
businesses with excellent safety and health performance
with respect to their own employees, continue to experience
contractor fatalities and serious injuries.
There was consensus among summit participants that reliance
on contractors for a widening range of job tasks and
functions is a long-term trend and the challenges of managing
these multiple contractor relationships are complex.
Summit participants were asked to rank in order of
importance a number of
issues identified during the
There was broad agreement
that the areas with the
most potential for fruitful
- Culture â€” Determine
how to transfer the safety
culture of the host company to all contract workers;
- Training â€” Develop and test best practice training
strategies for contract workers and those who
- Prequalification â€” Identify and test techniques
for assessing contractor safety performance and
culture before the host company hires the contractors;
- Accountability & rewards â€” Identify
effective tools to promote and ensure contractor
- Data & metrics â€” Develop data on contractor
loss by industry, job type, etc.; identify and test
leading and trailing indicators.
Center of Excellence
ORC Worldwide is developing an online repository
where research results and best practice information will
be made publicly available. It is ORC’s hope that the ORC
EHS Center of Excellence will eventually become a widely used
resource. The center, built on a wiki platform, is
intended to foster collaboration among all employers, safety
and health professionals, academicians, government, labor,
and workers as a place where anyone can contribute.
All of this work was made possible through the
generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, which
provided a charitable grant to Industrial Relations
Counselors (IRC), a not-for-profit research and educational
institution affiliated with ORC, to fund the
summit and the resulting research projects.
Call to action
Go to the ORC EHS Center of Excellence www.
and share your expertise so that others
may learn from and build upon your knowledge. If
you are interested in learning more about this effort,
or accessing the Center of Excellence, please contact
Scott Madar (email@example.com