Part 5: Contractor Management – Take the test


PART 5: Contractor Management – Take the test

Matt Turner  |  Managing Director


This is the fifth in a series of 6 articles designed to give you the tools to self-assess your safety systems around machinery, plant & equipment.  

Plant Assessor’s Plant Safety Health Check has been designed to help you to run the ruler over your machinery safety systems to see if they are up to scratch.  

The Plant Safety Health Check concentrates on 6 key areas, which will be the focus of the 6 articles:

Part 5 – Contractor Management

Amongst our large and growing customer base, there are very few customers who don’t contract in machines and operators at least from time to time. Many of our clients, especially in engineering construction utilise large numbers of contractors.

Anyone who has worked on major projects will understand the rigours of this process can be administratively difficult to manage. There are a number of great contractor management software systems designed to streamline and simplify contractor management.

They are great for insurances, worker competencies, document and information provision, but they don’t usually contain a lot of intellectual property associated with what safety and other features each machine requires to be compliant.

Our customers have demanded from us a range of tools designed to make it easy for them to specify their machinery safety and compliance requirements and easily check if each of their contractors is meeting these requirements.

We are also working with a number of the better known contractor management software providers with a view to enhancing their offers via integration with Plant Assessor.

Take the self assessment below to see how your system shapes up in this complex area of contractor management.

Self Assessment:

The following self-assessment will allow you to determine the type and size of these gaps (if any) in your contractor management process and system.

Guide to Interpreting Health Scores

Once you tally the questions you answered yes to in the Self Assessment above, the following information will provide guidance on the gaps in your periodic plant inspection and risk assessment process.

0 – 3 – Immediate action required. Minimal processes in place 

4 – 6 – Immediate action required. Some processes in place – significant fundamental gaps

7 – 9 – Action required. Some processes in place, some or all require further effort

10 – 11 – Good systems in place – some incremental improvements available

How did you fare?

The guidance scores above are exactly that – your circumstances and unique situation will mean that some of the questions should have greater weight than others, and some of them you may wish to exclude as you don’t see them as relevant.

Got a gap you want to close?

Plant Assessor’s site and contractor management functionality gives you the tools to provide clarity to your contractors as to your requirements, as well as giving you complete transparency as to the compliance status of their machines and operators.

When you ask your contractors to use Plant Assessor, they are able to share their compliance and safety information with anyone they want to. In other words, build and maintain your compliance information in one place, and share it with whoever you need to without the need to duplicate records in multiple systems.. 

If you’d like to discuss your results with an expert, please contact us and we’ll give you a call.

Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information. 

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