Market Insight: Using Technology Effectively For Holistic Contractor Safety Insight

Published 21 September 2023 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &

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Executive Summary

Firms use contractors for multifarious reasons – to reduce employee cost, access external subject-matter expertise, or stay on top of surges in resource requirements. Organizations taking on contractors often expose themselves to higher levels of safety hazard, and must put in place a series of risk barriers throughout the life cycle of third-party operators. The mitigation of contractor safety risks pivots around three key aspects: 1) provision of accessible tools for contractors; 2) gathering of granular contractor information; and 3) use of digital workflows that leverage contractor information during operations. For procurement, EHS and operational managers, this report outlines several aspects of the digital functionality offered by safety and supplier management software vendors that can help raise the bar for contractor safety.

Table of contents

Technology is elevating the standard for contractor EHS management
Firms are realising the benefits of having full visibility of the contractor life cycle
Digital tools improve individual worker insight throughout contractor operations

Table of figures

Figure 1. Contractor management spending trends in 2024 compared with 2023
Figure 2. Prioritization of contractor management and visibility by EHS corporate functions
Figure 3. ‘One to many’ vs ‘many to many’ contractor management
Figure 4. Stages of the contractor life cycle

About the authors

Tom Brown

Industry Analyst
Tom is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on technology mega-trends, EHS software, and sustainability. Tom joined Verdantix after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, with particular focus on Process Simulation and environmental sustainability.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management.

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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