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: Avoiding Bites & Stings

Due to the hot and wet summer, we have seen increased populations of biting bugs and stinging insects.  Before you start work, perform a pre-job brief and identify any hazards that may be in your work environment—including insects and poisonous plants.  If your job involves opening sealed objects, make sure you take extra precaution to look for any hidden insect hazards inside.  Look for signs of insects (bees, spiders, wasps, and ants).  Their nests are often located out of the sun in shady areas.

  • Try not to attract bees and wasps by avoiding the use of strong scented deodorants, colognes, hairsprays, and wearing bright colored clothing (except for required high-visibility vests or shirts).
  • If bees or wasps are encountered, avoid actions that could be considered a threat and do not strike or swing at a wasp or bee against your body because it could get trapped, causing it to sting.
  • Avoid crushing a wasp or bee - an action that can incite nearby wasps into a frenzied attack.  Wasp venom contains a chemical alarm pheromone that, when released into the air, signals guard wasps to attack.
  • Check for bees and wasps on open food and drink containers before eating or drinking.  
  • Inspect and shake out gloves, boots, and clothing that has not been used in a while.

Safety First


MONTHLY TIP:  AVOIDING BITES & STINGS

Due to the hot and wet summer, we have seen increased populations of biting bugs and stinging insects.  Click here to learn how to prevent bites and stings.

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