Safety: It Takes All of Us

GAI believes that participation by all employees sets the foundation for a strong company Health & Safety Program. According to the National Safety Council, “Everyone has something they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, we engage in safe behaviors so we can live for what matters to us.”

Safety: It Takes all of Us

The Foundation of an Effective Health and Safety Program

At GAI, a robust Health & Safety Program is a top priority year-round for two reasons. First and foremost, our employees are our most valuable asset, and we want to protect them, take care of them, and keep them healthy and safe. In 2015, GAI welcomed Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, Director – Health and Safety to the organization to lead the Health & Safety Department. Walaski states, “Safety is a core corporate value at GAI. Our goal is to provide and maintain the safest possible working conditions for our employees.”

Second, there is the business side to Health & Safety awareness. In particular, our Energy clients require us to provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees—in our offices, at project sites, or en route to project locations. Safety is important to them because they believe that completing project tasks in the safest manner is truly the most cost efficient and productive way; and they have a significant number of staff in the field where accidents can be more prevalent. GAI understands that every safety concern is an opportunity to learn and look for areas of improvement in the system.

How do you make your workplace safe and healthy for your employees? Here is a list of core safety program elements that an effective Health & Safety Program should embrace. GAI employees utilize these and other processes to implement a “Health & Safety” culture.

  1. Develop and implement a Health & Safety Program throughout the organization.
  2. Use your firm’s Intranet to communicate your Health & Safety program so employees have easy access to the latest Health & Safety information and tools.
  3. Hire dedicated, full-time Health & Safety Program team members to answer questions or concerns.
  4. Create an employee safety suggestion box so employees can submit comments, suggestions, ideas, and photographs—and review and consider the suggestions to improve your Health & Safety Program.
  5. Distribute periodic safety topics to continually remind staff of effective preventative strategies. Include a short quiz to verify employees’ understanding of the subject matter.
  6. Offer in-house training on topics such as First Aid/CPR/AED certification, OSHA, MSHA, SafeLand, and other project-specific Health & Safety training courses throughout your offices.
  7. Distribute Health & Safety “Lessons Learned” bulletins and alerts to share workplace incident investigation results and the corrective actions used to avoid a reoccurrence.
  8. Conduct new employee onboarding sessions to stress the “continuous improvement” nature of the company’s Health & Safety Program and culture.

All employees have a responsibility to themselves and to one another, so GAI encourages every employee to be aware of his or her surroundings and to take action if they recognize an unsafe condition. Employee health & safety is a high priority that cannot be successful without everyone’s participation and awareness—because safety takes all of us. To learn more about GAI’s Health & Safety program, contact Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, Director – Health & Safety at 412.399.5143.

 

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