Safetip #51: On-Site Safety Orientation & Training to Contractors

October 19, 2016

This week’s Safetip is about contractor safety. A research paper by the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council includes best practices of 14 world-class organizations in EHS around the management of contractor and supplier safety. One of the highlighted best practices consists of providing on-site safety orientation and training to contractors when they are hired, before they start working.

There Are Many Ways to Provide Safety Orientation and Training

All organizations that took part in the Campbell Institute’s research require safety orientation and skills training of contractors in order for them to be approved for work. The orientation and training sessions are provided on site. Specialized safety training is also provided, including Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), hazard identification, personal protective equipment, lockout/tagout, fall prevention, etc.

The Campbell Institute’s white paper mentions many methods and approaches used by organizations to conduct safety orientation or training, including:

  • Specialized area trainings completed through a contracted online program.
  • Refresher programs in job-specific areas held at least annually for long-term suppliers.
  • Contractor orientation conducted via an internal online program. After completing the online course, contractors receive a badge that must be worn on site.
  • Contractor HSE Alignment Kickoff meeting with hazard awareness and compliance training to be completed within one week of start of work.
  • Contractor safety video followed by a test immediately after. Two attempts to pass the test are allowed (passing grade is 80%). Contractors that fail to pass the test are not allowed to work.
  • Contracted employees must attend pre-shift safety meetings, which are documented over a 12-month period. All contracted personnel attend Safety Awareness training annually.
  • Leaders must complete a 30-hour OSHA course and all other contracted personnel must complete a 10-hour OSHA course before starting work.
  • Contractors are closely integrated with personnel of host employer; as a result, they get the same job safety briefings that all employees receive.
  • Contractors must provide safety and health training to their employees and submit a list, verified by the host employer, of contracted employees who have attended the training.

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