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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:

Ladder Safety

While you and your family start to decorate this holiday season, you will surely use a ladder at some point. Falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational and at home fatalities and injuries.

  • Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
  • Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
  • Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and always face the ladder while climbing (see diagram).
  • Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks or hooks) for their designed purposes.
  • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
  • Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface, unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to prevent displacement.
  • Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height.
  • Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
  • An extension or straight ladder used to access an elevated surface must extend at least 3 feet above the point of support (see diagram). Do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
  • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface (see diagram).
  • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from the ladder.
  • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.

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.