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: Observing Your Surroundings

Diligent observation while driving increases safety.  Below are four steps to be a more observant driver:

1. First, you must always remember that you are in a situation which could cause the DEATH of other people and/or yourself.  It is a serious situation and demands your full attention.

2. Second, use situational awareness.  Look around, listen, and anticipate what other drivers around you are likely to do.  Be prepared to take emergency action to avoid a dangerous situation (either caused by you, another driver, or just by road/weather conditions).  Think about what you would do if any dangerous situation should arise.

3. Third, you must slow down.  If things are happening that you don't see, hear, or think about, maybe you are driving too fast.  Slow down until you are aware of things happening around you.

4. Fourth, learn to project.  See in your mind what is going to happen if you do a certain thing (like turning too short will make your rear tires jump over the curb).