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.  We typically experience a CVC only once every 750,000 miles (that's like circumventing the globe 30 times without an accident).
  • 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: Slow Down While Driving

Traffic crashes kill 1.25 million people every year and cause permanent disability to millions more.  No matter the location, speed is frequently a factor.

  • Lower speeds save lives.  Every 1.6 kilometer-per-hour (1 mph) reduction in vehicle speeds on urban streets results in a 6 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.  Lower speed limits reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries for a combination of reasons.  For one, driving at very high speeds can result in tunnel vision and decreased depth perception for the driver.  At lower speeds, drivers have a wider field of vision and are more likely to notice other road-users. 
  • Safer speed limits don't necessarily make trips longer.  Many people fear that slowing the speed limit in urban areas will dramatically increase journey time.  However, average road speeds in cities are more determined by the frequency of intersections than speed limits.  A safer speed limit can achieve more uniform speeds and reduce dangerous mid-block acceleration while adding little to overall journey times. 
  • Driving at slower/safer speeds fosters a healthier you.  Lower stress levels by removing anger caused by road rage, or the constant thought of getting somewhere faster.  Your body and mind pay the price when your emotions and attitude are constantly under pressure.  If you are not in an emotional state while driving, you will feel relaxed and might even enjoy the ride time.