Hiring companies routinely require prospective and established contractors to submit information to demonstrate their ability and likelihood of completing incident-free work.
Challenges that undermine the contractor safety prequalification process are observable, however, including criteria selection, efficacy, variability and ignored criteria.
This article discusses examples of nontraditional criteria that may have significant benefit for improved contractor safety prequalification.
Great benefits can be realized by utilizing contractors rather than solely relying on internal resources to affect needed projects or tasks. Outsourcing allows an organization to reduce costs by maintaining a minimum workforce while allowing it to focus on its core business, promoting specialization within both the hiring and contracted company (Kozlovská & Struková, 2013; Yemenu & McCartin, 2010). Manu et al. (2013) specifically describe the benefits of contracting as including labor flexibility, transference of high-risk activities or financial risk, bargaining ability, and avoiding workers’ compensation costs. Contracting projects and services involves significant hazard and operational risk as well as benefit, however (Elliott, 2017).