Safetip #16: Assess Contractors on Their Safety Statistics
In Safetip #8, we explained the reasons why firms must pay attention to contractor safety, and how third-party prequalifying agencies can help reduce the risk of hiring contractors with questionable safety performance. In addition to the use of third-party firms, companies can better qualify contractors by also using their safety statistics.
World-Class Organizations Use Safety Statistics to Assess Contractors
According to a research paper from the National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute on best practices around the management of contractor and supplier safety, all 14 world-class organizations in EHS included in the study assess contractors on their safety statistics. The statistics include:
- Experience Modification Rate (EMR)
- Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)
- Fatality Rate
- Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate
- Other OSHA recordables
These rates and numbers are well understood across organizations of all sizes and industries, which make them standard for data collection and evaluation, the Campbell Institute says. All firms included in the research require contractors to submit these statistics for a given time period, typically the last three years.
Many organizations collect additional statistics and metrics beyond the baseline of rates provided above. For example, NASA also looks at a contractor’s TRIR as compared to an applicable NAICS code, worker compensation claims, injury logs, environmental reports and regulatory citations.
In addition, some participants in the Campbell Institute’s research have contingency plans if a contractor’s statistics are not initially satisfactory. For example, one of the organizations allows contractors to submit a continuous improvement plan as part of its documentation that must be reviewed and approved by the company’s materials management and safety departments.
Here are links to additional resources on contractor safety, some of which were used for this post:
- New Research Identifies 5 Best Practices for Keeping Contractors Safe
- Best Practices in Contractor Management (PDF file download)
- Do Your Contractors and Suppliers Share Your Safety Culture?
- Enablon Contractor Safety
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