New Braunfels, TX, June 14, 2023
Safety is the core value for Ontivity and its family member companies, and today we would like to further commit to a philosophy that aligns our core values with daily practice. Today we introduced a company-wide initiative, ZERO HARM, and we would like to share the principals of that philosophy and practice.
The Zero Harm initiative is a philosophy that aligns our commitments to Safety as our Core Value and bringing every employee home safely at the end of the day. It is a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all employees, contractors, visitors, and other stakeholders in the workplace.
This philosophy reinforces that ZERO is the only acceptable number in regard to incidents.
The zero-harm approach recognizes that all accidents, injuries, and illnesses are preventable and that safety is a shared responsibility of everyone in the workplace. It involves creating a culture of safety that prioritizes hazard identification, risk assessment, and control measures to eliminate or minimize risk.
Zero harm is not just about complying with legal requirements, but also about embracing a proactive approach to safety that involves continuous improvement, training, and employee engagement. It also involves providing a safe and healthy work environment that promotes physical and mental well-being.
Implementing a zero-harm approach requires leadership commitment, employee involvement, and a systematic approach to safety management. It involves setting clear safety objectives, measuring performance, and regularly reviewing and updating safety practices.
Overall, zero harm is a goal that can be achieved through a combination of effective safety policies, procedures, and practices, along with a culture of safety that values the well-being of all individuals in the workplace.
The goal of Zero Harm is to have zero workplace injuries. A goal like this cannot be accomplished solely by the Safety and Leadership Teams. It requires employees to hold each other accountable for being proactive in preventing injuries and keeping safety in the forefront of our minds. That brings us to our three key points in avoiding work-related injuries.
DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS
Often times the pressure of completing a job can cause this complacency. Taking shortcuts is one of the most unsafe acts on a job site. When you take shortcuts, you are missing important steps that can be detrimental to the safety of yourself and your crew. By following proper steps, you are ensuring that all proper procedures are being followed. It can be something as simple as not checking your brake lights on a trailer, or as complicated as skipping a Class 3 rigging plan.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a necessary part of working in our industry. One thing to remember is that PPE is not your sole piece of protection when you are working. This is more of a backup option for you. By wearing hard hats, safety glasses and gloves, you significantly reduce the risk of injuries in the workplace. Common injuries like cuts and lacerations can be drastically mitigated by wearing gloves. When grinding or cutting, wearing safety glasses or goggles can prevent unwanted objects from flying into your eyes. It’s important that you not only focus on the task in front of you, but also take a look at what is going on around you. Which leads me to the last bullet point….
KEEP YOUR WORKSITE CLEAN
Equipment, tools, and materials should always be put up and not left out. When this happens, there is more of a chance for workplace injuries. People will trip over tools and materials on the ground. This also presents as a hazard to the heavy equipment and vehicles that are driving through. Materials may not be seen on the ground and do damage to the equipment but have the potential to fly across a job site and become a danger to you and your crew. Be sure that when you’re done with the site, that you do one more look over before you leave and ensure it looks better than when we arrived.
If you would like more information on this topic or any other safety-related topic, please reach out to the Ontivity safety team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get you taken care of.