Question 8. How does the manufacturing industry manage the safety of the contractors?
Answer: Manufacturing plants may utilize contract labor to operate or maintain the facility or do a particular aspect of a job because they have a specialized knowledge or skill or for short periods when there is a need for increased staff quickly such as in turnaround operations. Therefore it becomes important to ensure that the contractors performing these jobs work safely and do not endanger themselves, other workers at the facility, the process or the environment. When selecting a contractor, the employer evaluates information regarding the contractor’s safety performance and programs, ensures that the contract employees understand the hazards of the process and the emergency action plan, and have safe work practices in place to ensure they will perform their duties safely. The contract company is responsible to ensure that their employees are trained in the work practices necessary to perform their jobs. A lot of the companies in this area require contractors to go through the Houston Area Safety Council Basic Plus training which covers a lot of the OSHA mandated contractor training as well as Site specific training. (#8– January 2017 – Hexion)
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