Components of ECWS Safety Program
1.) Hire effectively. Adopt a hiring process that includes reference checks, in-depth interviews to discover safety record and awareness. Screen out problems early and don’t hire recklessly and desperate.
- Stress importance of safe work practices, ask the candidate to share examples of commitment to safety in prior jobs
- Ask candidate to share information about specific safety training
- Run background checks to validate character of candidate
- Train hiring managers who conduct interviews to ensure these practices are followed
2.) Orient new employees. Management will ensure that each new employee is introduced to company policies, train them on how to perform their jobs safely, and show them how to use tools properly.
- Provide introduction of work environment as part of orientation
- Mandate Hazardous communication training as part of orientation
- Review safety policy of company with new employee
- Provide Green Hat to new employees to designate in-training status on the job
- Provide “hands-on” training for Green Hat at rate demonstrated by new employee and validated by operator and supervisor
3.) Train employees. Teach employees about the hazards of the industry, safety equipment, good housekeeping, company safety policies, and any other information necessary for safe work practices. Train employees when they are introduced to job tasks and when they begin working on new equipment. Reinforce the initial training with periodic reviews to keep our employees up-to-date.
- Develop training plan for organization each year
- Develop trainers or third party service providers to provide training
- Develop training plans based upon regulatory requirements and determine specific needs from analysis in work-place, more specifically characterize incidents to determine trends and take corrective action to prevent future incidents
- Maintain training records for each employee to ensure basic training needs are being met across the organization. Review training records with area management on a quarterly basis
- Develop and approve a training budget each fiscal year
4.) Define and observe job behaviors. Statistics show that most workplace accidents are caused by unsafe acts. Train employees in safe work behaviors, and then observe them periodically to make sure they took the training to heart.
- Train supervisors to conduct rig site audits to observe required safety equipment is being used correctly at each work site
- Train operators and supervisors to conduct a JSA every day to ensure that the crew is aware of all hazards associated with the job and environment
- Train operators and supervisors to prepare “near miss” reports to capture unsafe work practices and develop immediate changes to work practices to avoid similar occurrences
- Hire and retain EH&S personnel to establish standards for safe working practices
- Utilize EH&S personnel to conduct independent audits of rig sites to validate regulatory standards are being adhered to and take corrective action as needed when compliance issues are detected
- Utilize EH&S personnel along with operations personnel to develop Standard Operating Practices (“SOP”) and reduce process variables
- Utilize EH&S personnel along with operations personnel to train crews on SOP as they are developed
- Provide discretion to supervisors and EH&S personnel to bonus employees for taking actions to reinforce safe work practices
5.) Establish accountability. Clearly define employees’ responsibilities with regard to workplace safety. Develop a plan for holding employees accountable, and put our plan in writing. Enforce our plan company wide. Start with management.
6.) Teach good management methods. Well-trained supervisors manage well-planned jobs, and they ultimately produce safe, efficient and productive work places. Unfortunately, many supervisors rise to supervisory positions solely because of their technical abilities. They may not, however, have the human relations skills necessary to lead people to work safely and productively. Train our supervisors in human relations skills, behavior-based management, and their responsibility for safety.