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Many companies outsource facility work under a contract to the providing vendor. Facility work is often outsourced because tasks need specially trained and certified professionals. For example, your company might have contracts for maintaining and inspecting HVAC equipment, fume hoods, emergency eyewash stations, bio-safety cabinets, and so on. A single missed task or renewal date can have severe consequences in terms of life safety and regulatory penalties.
Accordingly, you need to carefully manage contracts with vendors and ensure that the work that the contractors do is executed correctly and on time. Outsourced work that is not correctly completed can result in non-compliance with regulations. For example, if you outsource the maintenance of elevators and the vendor does not fulfill the terms of the contract, you could be at risk for not adhering to safety regulations and could put the elevators passengers at risk.
Using ARCHIBUS, contract managers can:
ARCHIBUS models contracts using a regulation--contract--contract term hierarchy, which uses the same tables as the regulation--compliance program--requirement hierarchy used throughout the rest of the Compliance Management application. These tables are: Regulations (
regulation), Compliance Programs and Contracts (
regprogram), and Requirements (
As with compliance programs and requirements, you can model internal goals (initiatives) in the Regulations tables if an area of concern is not tied to a specific, formal regulation. For example, you might have a goal to ensure a clean working environment; this can be entered in the Regulations table. You can then model the associated contracts and contract terms.
Note: The Contract Manager process uses some of the same views as the Compliance Program Manager process. The contract views have a permanent restriction such that they only show records related to contracts (
WHERE regprogram.is_contract = 1). When working with the Contract Manager process, be aware that the views show only records related to contracts or contract terms. The exception is the Contract Manager / Define Questionnaires task which presents questionnaires for both contract terms and requirements.
Tasks within other Compliance Management processes may show both compliance programs and contracts, or only compliance programs. For information, see Working with Contracts and Compliance Programs Together.
Review the status of all the work that is related to a compliance contract using the Work Status Reports process.
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