Fourth Joint Conference on
Occupational Safety and Health
September 14 - 16, 2005
2005 Conference Topics
Topic IV: Contractor Safety
Chair EU: Kris De Meester, Adviser, Confederation of Belgian Entreprises, Belgian
Co-chair US: Naomi G. Swanson, Leader, Worker Organization and Stress Research Team, NIOSH
Scribe US: Matthew Gillen, Senior Scientist, NIOSH
Description of the Problem
- What are the industries where contracting arrangements are a significant aspect of the conduct and organization of work?
- What types of work are typically covered by these contracting arrangements, what are the types of employers, and are there particular groups of workers affected?
- What are the safety and heath impacts and issues associated with contracting work for these industries, employers and workers?
- What are the factors/aspects of contracting work that contribute to safety and health problems?
Training and Instruction
- How do we ensure that the contractors and supervisors of contractors have basic knowledge and skills with regard to the risks present in the workplace?
- How should the effectiveness of health and safety training be assessed?
- Is there a need for mutual recognition of safety and health training programs and what mechanism is needed for that?
Specific Management Systems/Tools for Contractor Safety
- What components should successful management systems have?
- How can we determine the effectiveness of management systems/tools for contractor safety?
- How do we ensure that all levels of the contractor chain (subcontracting) are included?
Effect on Health and Safety Indicators
- What kinds of health and safety indicators are most important to examine? (Which best reflect the effectiveness of a good and/or poor safety and health program?)
- How can we collect data (especially on indicators such as performance) that are comparable across industries?
- How can we measure employee perception of a company health and safety program?