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Contractor Safety


Most companies hire contractors at some time to perform specific tasks for which their own employees may not have the time or expertise. It is in your best interest to ensure that contractors at your worksite(s) are appropriately trained and follow all safe work practices.

Selection Criteria

Establish selection criteria for hiring contractors. Consider the contractor's past performance in safety and health during the bid process. This may include requesting data from their OSHA 300 Log for several years. Ensure that contractors have an effective safety and health management program in place prior to entering your worksite.


Establish oversight, coordination and enforcement to ensure the contractor safety and health program is adequate and implemented properly. Verify that contractors comply with applicable safety and health regulations by conducting regular inspections of the area where the contractors are working.

Establishment of Procedures

Develop appropriate entry and exit procedures for the contractors. If cigarette smoking is allowed on your worksite, establish safe locations for contract employees to smoke, keeping away from storage of flammable or dust-explosive materials.

Prompt Control of Hazards

Ensure prompt correction and/or control of any hazards that are identified under the contractor's control. Consider penalties such as contractor correction and/or contractor dismissal for repeated noncompliance by contractors, vendors or individuals.

Injury and Illness Reporting

Develop a system so that all injuries and illnesses that occur during work performed on a contract are reported to you or someone in your company.

Source: OSHA

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