The ACES pre-qualification tool was designed to help owners of construction companies and general contractors to select contractors who will provide a safer work environment. In addition to the tool, ACES includes a pre-qualification procedure that aims to measure a company’s “leading indicators of safety,” such as safety trainings currently in place, policies to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, and employee perception of the company’s safety climate. Evaluating these leading indicators of safety allows for continuous improvement of safety conditions, rather than reducing hazards after an incident occurs. Effective safety management systems are based on a shared set of values embedded into company policies, comprehensive programs that reflect those values, and communication of these values and programs through safer practices.
Who should use the ACES tool?
General contractors and construction management companies: to expand their the process of prequalification, manage risk, or score a subcontractor for your site Owners and developers: to improve safety on their projects, or manage risk Subcontractors: to self-assess the efficiency of their own safety programs, policies, and practices, and identify components for improvement Insurance companies and brokers: to help clients improve their performance, reduce risk, and provide competitive advantage
Why use the ACES tool?
Health and safety are paramount to any company in the construction industry. The ACES Prequalification Tool can be used in multiple ways, and it has been validated through research which demonstrates that contractors that have better overall prequalification scores have better safety performance outcomes. ACES can be adapted to current processes and used to help continuously improve safety on projects and within companies.
Instruction to use
The tool will ask questions regarding your company’s safety policies, the beliefs and values your company has about safety, and other details about your company. Most questions have a set of corresponding question categories. Please select your answer by marking the box that corresponds to your answer. Please select only one category per question unless you are asked to “select all that apply.” After completing the ACES Prequalification Tool, use the ACES Scoring Guide to calculate your company’s score.