About Vendor Credentialing

About Vendor Credentialing

5 February 2020
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Vendor credentialing is something that is done to ensure the safety and efficiency of certain facilities and/or events. This credentialing is often seen in fields where there may be health risks or security risks to worry about. Whether the risks are due to the industry or the location where the event will be held, vendor credentialing can vary with regards to what they check. When a vendor wants to be granted access to a facility or to an event, then the vendor must go through this vendor credentialing. Learn more about the process and why it is becoming more commonplace by reading the information presented here.

Things done during the vendor credentialing process:

Employment verification  

The vendor must provide up-to-date information about their current employer, so their employment can be properly verified.

Drug testing  

Drug testing can also be a part of vendor credentialing. This is important because it will let the agency know whether the vendor has taken something that can affect their judgment and cause dangerous situations in many other ways. Vendors should bring documentation from their physician for any prescriptions that would cause the drug test to read as positive. For example, if the vendor takes opioid pain relievers, they should have a doctor's note.

Complete background screening 

The vendor's background will be checked for the presence of a criminal record. Also, their credit may be checked in order to prove to the facility that they meet their obligations. There may be certain things that the facility may be able to ignore with a written explanation from the vendor that matches the documentation and that is something minor. For example, an arrest for reckless driving from years ago may be able to be excused. The background screening can also include checking with some of your personal references and this is generally done in industries where security is a huge concern.

Proof of vaccinations 

A vendor must be able to prove that they are up to date on their vaccinations. If the vendor cannot show proof or they aren't sure, then they can get a titer. A titer is a blood test that will tell whether the vendor has the antibodies for specific things, and this can be used as proof that they are properly vaccinated according to the requirements of the facility. This can be important because if someone is allowed into a place that has a lot of people in attendance, then a large amount of the population can be affected. Along with vaccinations, the person may also need to prove they are negative for a TB test.