Up to 80% of activities at oil and gas assets are performed by contractors, with contractors often carrying out high-hazard, non-routine works that are not under the immediate supervision and direction of the host organization. As a consequence, gaps in contractor safety performance are one of the biggest safety risks for corporations today, and managing contractor performance is an ongoing challenge.

Effective contractor management will include extending the host organizations's environment, health & safety (EHS) management systems and programs to contractors, while at the same time driving personal engagement and interactions with contractors to impact mindsets and decisions. Implementing EHS leadership training programs based on accelerative learning methods are an effective tool to ensure both the systems side and the personal side are met. Based on two case studies, we illustrate how engaging contractors in people-centered safety leadership training programs fosters a positive safety culture across host and contractor organizations alike, and drives performance change through the whole organization.

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