Speaker: John Naughton
Taming Contractor Management
John Naughton shared his experiences of working with George Weston Foods to overhaul their contractor management system and bring it into the 21st century.
Being a large organisation with multiple sites across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific engaging more than 4,000 external contractors, there were particular challenges in streamlining the multiple systems that existed. However, any sized organisation could relate to his descriptions of ad hoc manual systems with the potential for frequent safety breaches.
The centralised electronic system he developed was tailored to the users and is so much more than a database. It was built as a management and compliance tool that allows everyone in the organisation to become a contractor manager. An example is the Permit To Work system that was built from the existing procedure then improved and can now be tracked easily. As John explained, centralisation = control.
The system has resulted in many safety improvements and the business gained a 600% return on investment in just 12 months.
The meeting provoked quite a bit of discussion as attendees were keen to dig down into the details of John's successful project.
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