Safety Sets the Pace at Osmose

THE OSMOSE SAFETY CULTURE

At Osmose, we prefer to talk about our safety culture rather than our safety program.  A safety program implies a set of rules that people are required to follow, often reluctantly.  A safety culture implies that safety is a way of life at Osmose.  It is how we think and how we approach our jobs every day, not because that's what is required, but because that is who we are.

Over the past 20 years, we have worked diligently to establish a culture of safety by making safety an integral part of everything we do.  And as you will see in many of the statistics below, we have achieved excellent results and we will do everything in our power to ensure this culture and our safety performance persist.

 

SAFETY PERFORMANCE

  • 17 of our crews have exceeded 100,000 safe hours.  To put this achievement into perspective, that is the equivalent of an individual working for 50 years without a recordable injury or chargeable vehicle claim (CVC)!     
  • Though CVCs (chargeable vehicle claims) are not OSHA indices, they are important to us. Driving is risky and is our single largest exposure with a fleet logging more than 18 million miles each year.  To put this accomplishment into perspective, we only experience a CVC once every 750,000 miles or about every 30 trips around the globe!  
  • Osmose safety metrics continue to exceed the industry standards year after year.
 

Osmose is Gold Shovel Standard Certified
The Gold Shovel Standard is a first-of-its kind excavation safety program designed to reduce dig-ins and protect the underground gas and electric system.  With safety as it's highest priority, the Gold Shovel Standard Certification process was developed to ensure that hired contractors are vetted annually and adhere to the safest excavation standards.  Osmose is Gold Shovel Standard Certified for 2017.  For more information on Gold Shovel Certification, visit www.goldshovelstandard.com.


Monthly Safety Tip: Staying Warm in Cold Weather

Working in a cold environment can create problems for your entire body.  Heat can be lost from the body faster than it is created, and exposed body parts may start to freeze.  While working in a cold environment, get layers of insulation between you and the environment, and remove layers when you get warmer.  You need a clothing system that allows you to shed layers quickly and easily before you get damp from perspiration.  Several thinner garments will serve this purpose better than one bulky overcoat.

The 4 Layers of Cold Weather Clothing

  1. Long Underwear:  Your first layer should be your long underwear.  This layer works by wicking away moisture and sweat, keeping your skin dry.  Synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene work the best; wool and silk are the best natural fibers.  Cotton is a very poor choice because it absorbs water and holds it next to your skin where it will cool you off.
  2. Mid Layers:  The next layers are important because they absorb the moisture from your long underwear and transport it to the environment through evaporation.  Once again, synthetics are the best fabrics, but wool is a good substitute.
  3. Insulation Layer:  Thickness—with lots of air pockets—is warmth.  Synthetic insulation (instead of down) is a better choice for working in potentially wet conditions.
  4. Shell Layer:  The most important part of your layering system, besides your long underwear, is your outer shell, which will protect you from wind, rain, and other wet conditions.  Shells worn over any garment can add up to 25 degrees F of warmth.  In windy conditions, shells can increase warmth by 50 degrees F or more by eliminating the "wind chill" factor.

To Stay Warm - Remember C.O.L.D.

  1. Clean clothing has the fibers fluffed up and will trap more air within the fabric itself.  Dirty, matted clothing is a poor insulator.
  2. Oversize clothing allows for more air to be trapped in against the body and between inner and outer layers of clothing, keeping you warmer.  Oversize clothing is also easier to wear in layers and doesn't restrict movement—just be careful it is not so big that it creates a hazard.
  3. Layered clothing traps air between layers and allows you to make adjustments when increased activity or air temperature makes you warmer.
  4. Dry clothing made of synthetic fibers is a better insulator than wet clothing; wet clothing in contact with the skin will also draw heat out of your body.  Removing layers as you sweat will keep your inner clothing dry.