It’s Crucial! Safety First…No Matter What!

As an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) consultant,  I am often asked to provide site level safety support overseeing multiple subcontractors.  I’ve found that the safety culture of our subcontractors varies greatly.  For example, the smaller subcontractors may not have the resources to implement a strong or well developed safety program. My job is to bridge the gap between the client and the subcontractors.  I’ve learned that regardless of the project type, a successful project is one in which safety is considered during the planning phase.  If you have a good understanding of your client’s safety culture and expectations from the start, you can pre-qualify your subcontractors for safety.  A contractor health and safety plan can be developed to include training requirements, injury reporting requirements and program requirements, and be provided to the contractors before they bid on the project.  Project communication and training can be tailored to fill the “gaps” that may
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Fostering Employee Involvement in Safety Programs

An unsafe workplace is more than a hazard – it’s costly. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. Workplace injuries alone cost businesses a billion dollars every week. But while most businesses at least attempt to foster safety, not all safety programs succeed. Why not? In order to work, safety programs must create real change within their organizations. That demands effective employee involvement. Employee involvement means participation by employees at every level and in every department of an organization – not just hourly or line workers, or the one or two folks with the word “safety” in their job titles. To facilitate that, the organization’s leadership must provide frequent, consistent communication that informs employees of safety procedures and that reinforces clear expectations that they must be followed. Lori Siegelman, CIH, CSP, CHMM has
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Industrial Hygiene and Safety Assessment

Client contracted W&M to conduct a baseline industrial hygiene and safety assessment and to revise or establish applibable safety programs, as needed.