Many owners, including state governments, require contractors to specify the extent (and success) of their safety programs when they bid on upcoming projects.
“Providing documentation of their safety performance is something that most LIUNA signatory employers are happy to do,” says the LHSFNA’s Management Co-Chairman, Noel C. Borck. “With a highly-trained and collaborative workforce and the support provided by our Fund’s professionals, every signatory should be highly competitive.”
A company’s safety record can be readily documented: injuries and illness reported in the OSHA 300 Log, days of lost work time, citations issued by OSHA or state safety regulators.
A contractor’s safety program should be well-defined, but sometimes it is not, particularly among newer companies. Also, established companies may have good safety practice but have not codified their procedures. In that case, sound practice may have produced the safety performance that wins a contract, but the company needs to generate evidence of a safety program that backs those results.
Recently, this reality played out in the case of a LIUNA signatory contractor in California. In combination with its reasonable cost bid, the company’s response to the pre-bid safety performance survey won the competition. But to actually claim the contract, the company had to submit evidence of a written safety program.
Working with the company owner, the LHSFNA’s Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Walter Jones, pulled together a written safety and health program that expressed the company’s current practice while establishing a definite framework for safety and health management going forward. With the program in hand, the company finalized the contract.
“While last minute saves are possible,” says Borck,”we encourage signatory employers to think farther ahead. Every company needs a written safety and health program, and the Fund’s OSH staff is willing and able to assist in its development. Ensure systematic safety and health performance on your jobsites and get prepared for that next bid now.”
Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Division at 202-628-5465.