At Southern Earth Sciences, Inc. safety is our number one concern. Over the past few years, our workers have been making the transition to a culture of safety, which has become a core value at our company; one that influences us every day, all day. Our managers are committed and determined to do everything possible to provide our workers with a safe working environment, so that they can go home each day safe and sound.
Safety Program Objectives:
We strive to eliminate all accidents and injuries to our workers.
Safety Program Key Elements:
- Applicants are screened using strenuous background checks, and tested for drug use using state-of-the-art hair testing. We also employ a random drug testing program that subjects 20% of our workers to random drug tests annually. Our program includes testing for cause as well as post-accident testing.
- New worker safety orientation that is tailored to suit each newly hired employee, and lasts a minimum of two days before being cleared for work.
- On-line safety training is administered on a continuing basis for all personnel.
- Quarterly company-wide safety meetings are mandatory and held at each SESI location.
- We have a functioning safety committee comprised of our Safety Director (full-time position) as well as one Safety Officer from each of our 10 office locations. The safety committee meets via teleconference on a weekly basis and drives the safety program, evaluates it and recommends improvements. Workers who are injured must participate in a safety committee meeting to tell their story and are subjected to questions about the injury by members of the committee.
- Each office location is inspected by the Safety Director on an annual basis.
- We maintain at least one person at each office that is first aid/CPR trained.
- Our workers are empowered with stop work authority if they encounter a situation that is unsafe.
- Near miss reports are a worker responsibility, and are made directly to the Safety Director – there are never any repercussions from filing a near miss report.
- Supervisors conduct monthly on-site PPE inspections on a random basis to assure that our workers are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment correctly.
- The Safety Director delivers a 2-minute safety update voice message every Monday at 9:00 am to every employee to provide updates regarding our safety program, as well as encouraging them to start off the week making safety a priority.