Safety-Feature

Employee health and safety is one of Ampirical Solutions’ core values.  Preventing accidents and injuries is not only in the best interest of our employees and subcontractors; it is also in the best interest of the company as a whole. To that end, health and safety is a core element in our project planning, supervision, daily implementation of projects, and the operation of its offices.  We are committed to providing our employees with the resources needed to perform their roles in a safe manner.  Employees are encouraged and empowered to take action or to seek guidance any time that a person’s health or safety may be in jeopardy.

We are committed to the following actions to ensure that health and safety remains ingrained as a core value of the company:

  • Regularly communicating our mission to conduct its business free of accidents and injuries while maintain a culture where all employees believe that it is their responsibility to identify actual and potential hazards.
  • Providing appropriate levels of health and safety instruction for every employee, subcontractor, and visitor prior to entering a job site. And requiring that all consider health and safety as an essential consideration when performing any work or taking any action.
  •  Maintaining channels for communication that truly make it safe for people to raise issues regarding safety, quality of life, dignity and respect on the site and throughout the company.
  • Making available to all employees and subcontractors the necessary information, training, tools and equipment to execute their responsibilities in the safest possible manner.

We at Ampirical Solutions LLC, understand you cannot eliminate injuries by managing statistics better.  We will not be satisfied with our performance on any job unless we can say the job was done accident-free and without jeopardy to the health and safety of all those involved.

Safety Value Moments

Many components contribute to developing a safe work environment here at Ampirical. Preventing accidents and injuries is not only in the best interest of our employees and subcontractors, but also the company as a whole. Introducing Safety Value Moments, where each week we communicate safety topics, how to bring safety home to your family, and simple yet effective ways to stay committed to safety.

Every level of employee, from the most senior leader to recently hired team member, clearly understands what is expected of them when it comes to safety. Safety Value Moments will be a way to ensure these expectations, along with other measures we have put in place such as our HSE Strategic Plan & Policy Statement.

Employee health and safety has and always will be an essential part of Ampirical’s core values. It reflects our corporate culture, and we will always strive towards an incident and injury-free environment.

This Week’s Safety Value Moment:

Eye Safety

On-the-job safety goes well beyond avoiding slips, falls, and heavy lifting. Caring for your eyes should be a high priority and part of an overall workplace wellness routine. Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. However, 90 percent of these accidents can be avoided by wearing eye protection. As part of an ongoing effort to stress the importance of workplace eye wellness, the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraging everyone to do right by their eyes and wear appropriate eye protection.

Workplace eye injuries cost more than $300 million a year in lost productivity, treatment, and compensation. These injuries range from simple eye strain to trauma, which may lead to permanent damage, vision loss, and blindness. This is particularly true for workers in construction, manufacturing, and mining. Approximately, 40 percent of eye injuries in the workplace happen in these three industries.

If an eye injury does occur, an individual should seek care from an ophthalmologist — a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions — or go to an emergency room for immediate care.

I’m sure right now many of you are saying “but I work in an office at a desk all day, why do I need to worry about protecting my eyes?” Eye Safety Is Not Just for Physical Workers

Caring for your eyes on the job should not be limited to those who do physical labor, however. People who spend long hours working on a computer can experience eye discomfort. Focusing on small font types for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched and red, causing eyes to become dry from lack of blinking. This happens frequently as computer screens or other digital displays reduce a person’s blink rate by as much as 50 percent.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides tips to help avoid workplace eye injury or strain:

  • Wear protective eyewear: Ensure that your eye protection is appropriate for the type of hazard that may be present in your workplace, such as flying debris, falling objects, chemicals, intense light, and heat. Your eyewear must be American National Standards Institute ANSI-approved and OSHA compliant. You must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets if you are near hazardous radiation welding, chemicals, lasers, or fiber optics.
  • Position your computer 25 inches away: If you are working on a desktop computer, try placing the monitor at an arm’s length away from your face. You may need to adjust the font size to appear larger at that distance.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Eye strain and dry eye occur after long, continuous periods of viewing digital screens up close. To help alleviate this, take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking at a distance allows your eyes to relax and return to a regular rate of blinking again. Normally, people blink about 14 times a minute and with every blink, your eyes are lubricated with fluid that contains moisturizing elements, including oil.
  • Reduce glare on your smartphone and digital screen: While many new phones and digital devices have glass screens with excellent picture quality, they also produce a strong glare that can aggravate the eyes. If you use a glass screen device, adjust the low light filter setting to lower screen brightness or use a matte filter to reduce eye strain.
  • Adjust environmental lighting at your work: If your computer screen is brighter than your office surroundings, your eyes need to work harder to see. You can reduce eye strain by adjusting the lighting in your surroundings.

HSE Strategic Plan

Clearly Describe What People are Expected to do for Safety

Every level of employee, from the most senior leader to the newly hired worker, clearly understands what is expected. There are specific, demanding standards for each person in all major work activities. Without adequate standards, there can be no meaningful measurement, evaluation, correction, or commendation of performance.

Make Safety a Responsibility of Operations

Safety is better served when it is so ingrained into every activity that it becomes impossible to ignore it. There is little talk of doing things the safe way and more talk of doing things the right way. The health and safety of our employees is a value when other considerations of production, costs, and quality are priorities. This is reflected in performance appraisals, salary adjustments, and promotions.

Incorporate Safety Into the Business Process as an Operational Strategy

Leaders around the world increasingly recognize that a well-managed safety system provides an operational strategy to improve overall management. But in recent years a significant number of major organizations have discovered that applying the tools and techniques of good safety management gives them not only reduced injuries and illnesses but also measurable improvements in efficiency, quality, and productivity. This means that HSE will be involved early in the business process and throughout, until the completion of the project. Everything begins and ends with safety.

Use Proactive Health and Safety Measures

The heart of safety management is measuring performance in quantifiable, objective terms. Leading companies constantly assess their processes to determine if they are adequately controlling risk. Although they include in their “safety” measurement after-the-fact consequences such as recordable rates and lost time rates, they do not rely solely on trailing indicators. We at Ampirical Solutions will focus our attention “Left of Zero” which means focusing on leading indicators rather than lagging indicators.

What are our leading indicators? Human Performance Tools, site visits by all levels of leadership, proper training for everything that we do, positive reinforcement, hazard Identification, hazard correction, safety committees, true leadership commitment, and enforcement of the safety policies and procedures.

Have a Leadership Team that "Leads" Health and Safety, not "Manages" it

Scaling the heights of health and safety excellence requires the same leadership skills as attaining excellence in any other area. Health and Safety performance is a reflection of corporate culture, and senior leadership influences that culture more than any other group. As in other areas, executive leadership will get the kind of safety performance it insists on.  Ampirical will only accept an incident and injury free environment.

HSE Policy Statement

Purpose

To describe the Ampirical Solutions’ Health & Safety policy, principles, and objectives.

Policy

Ampirical Solutions will ensure a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly workplace for all Company employees and to those who work with the Company by continually reducing accidents, injuries, illnesses and environmental incidents.

Philosophy and Performance Principles

Management believes safety can no longer be viewed as a priority that can be ranked in a vertical order of importance but must be looked upon as a value that is inherent in every part of our operation.  Further, we believe our most important assets are the people who perform the work and nothing is more important than providing a safe and healthful environment in which to work.

In carrying out this policy, it is clear the only acceptable level of performance is to be “Incident Free” on all of our worksites each and every day.  We believe that such performance is achievable with full commitment and diligent effort by each and every employee in the business unit.

Creation of an “Incident Free” environment within our business unit requires a thorough understanding and complete acceptance of the following principles:

  • Employee safety and health, as well as protection of the environment, must be viewed as values that adhere to every facet of our operation. HSE must not be viewed as a priority that can be arranged in order of importance when others bring pressure to bear to place more importance on another aspect of our business.
  • HSE leadership creating an “Incident Free” business unit must exist independent of individual personalities or single objectives.
  • Only projects free from incidents and the resulting injuries or environmental damage can be expected to be consistently productive and profitable. The only acceptable performance is “Incident Free”.
  • Each employee must, regardless of position, accept and wholeheartedly execute their responsibility for HSE.
  • Through proper training, planning and compliance with state of the art HSE processes and practices, all accidents can be prevented.
  • With proper planning and foresight, all project hazards can be eliminated before an accident can occur.

Objectives

We will maintain a prevention-based process for HSE that results in the Company being the recognized leader in the safe engineering, construction, operation and maintenance for all clients.  Management recognizes its responsibility for promoting the highest standards of HSE and is committed to developing and maintaining appropriate systems, procedures and plans to achieve the mission and objectives of this policy.  Specifically, we are committed to the following objectives:

  • To continually reduce accidents, injuries, illnesses and environmental incidents with a goal of being incident and injury free and set meaningful HSE performance targets that are measurable and monitor progress against these goals for continuous improvement.
  • To be a recognized leader in HSE performance, both in our workplace, by our clients, the general public and applicable government agencies.
  • The Company will comply with all HSE laws and regulations and will manage environmental performance in a manner similar to our health and safety performance. To ensure employee HSE performance in all areas of operations, management at every level is committed to the following actions:
  • Provide sufficient resources and training where required to ensure a high level of HSE performance and to foster HSE awareness and responsibility.
  • Make HSE excellence an uncompromising value in the design, construction, operations, and management of our projects.

Management, staff and supervisory personnel set the stage for “Incident Free” performance by their commitment and way of being about safety.

  • Personnel in these positions must be accountable for uncompromising support of the process and must never present any circumstance as an exception to their commitment.
  • Personnel in these positions shall go out of their way to acknowledge positive performance, to find potential for process improvements, to elicit feedback on the safety process for each and every employee and to ensure the dignity and respect of each and every employee are not compromised.
  • By enthusiastic support and implementation of this policy, an environment can be created in which all accidents can be prevented and our goal of “Incident Free” is a daily reality.

NOTE:  All subcontractors, no matter tier, are required to adopt all policies, statements, plans, missions and values as it relates to this Management System.