NSC report highlights benefits of contractor management programs
The National Safety Council recently released a new report, “Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of 3rd-Party Management.”
The report includes an independent analysis of data provided by BROWZ, LLC, a global company that specializes in contractor prequalification and supply chain management solutions. The research tested five hypotheses to investigate if suppliers, contractors, and vendors realize improved safety performance as a result of participation in these types of programs. The contractors in the study were found to have better average Total Recordable Rates (TRR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rates, and Lost Workday Rates (LWR) within individual industries and all industries as a whole.
“Contract workers are a vulnerable population – often performing higher risk jobs in worksites with little to no management supervision,” said Amy Harper, PhD, Journey to Safety Excellence & workplace strategy director at the National Safety Council. “A best practice for employers is to have a formal contractor management program that helps “qualify” contractors to meet standards set by the hiring organization. It is encouraging to see this report confirm that these types of programs appear to help protect the contactors in our nation’s workforce.”