The use of third-party contractors poses a greater workplace safety risk for companies bringing new workers on and off of jobsites, and as a result, many are making contractor safety management a greater priority. In a recent survey conducted by ISN, roughly 60% of hiring organizations said that they depend on their environmental, health and safety (EHS) teams to lead outsourcing initiatives, and as more resources and technology become available to measure contractor safety, organizations are working more diligently to protect the safety of their employees, Risk & Insurance reports.
With the introduction of new safety management resources, ninety-four percent of hiring organizations surveyed say their ability to effectively manage contractor risk has increased or remained the same, a marked jump from 78% in 2019.
“Companies are becoming more aware of contractor risk factors with the aid of technology and access to tools that help assess risk quicker and without having to rely as much on human labor to collect this information,” [Marie] Anderson said.
Worker safety can be compromised when organizations rush to get contractors out on the jobsite quickly to fill business needs, but do not diligently track and monitor key training checkpoints.