Everyone talks about it - we all say that "safety is our first priority", but there is a very significant difference between saying it, and actually acting on those words. A safe work environment requires a significant investment of time and money on and initial and ongoing basis. At Details Insulation, we are committed to putting those words into action, for ourselves and for our clients.
Over the last eight years we have been very fortunate to have not had any lost time injuries, but as the size of our team and our projects continued to grow, it became apparent that our safety program needed to grow with us. Employees deserve to work for companies that value their safety and will do everything they can to ensure it, and customers deserve the same from the contractors that they hire.
In 2014, we contracted a dedicated Health and Safety consultant to help use develop our program for our 10 employees. Our program was developed to meet the standards set out by the Alberta Construction Safety Association for their COR program. A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards. A COR shows that the employer's health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards. After our program was implemented and had been operational for several months, we applied for and received our SECOR designation. SECOR is a COR program designed for small employers (SE) who have 10 or less employees. As the Details team is 9-10 strong, SECOR is a great step towards a COR program which will be required in 2016 when we will exceed 10 employees.
A couple of the key points of our program are:
Daily PPE (safety gear) inspections - every morning, as a team
Daily vehicle walk arounds and inspection reports
Documented Hazard Assessments and Tool Box Talks on a daily or per site basis
Lead Hands of all crews trained in First Aid & CPR Level C
Weekly/Monthly reviews of all Hazard Assessments by management, with changes to procedures or further training as needed.
When you're searching an Edmonton and Area Contractor for Spray Foam Insulation, Attic Insulation, or Insulation Removal, be sure to look into their safety program before inviting them on to your job site or home. A company that takes their safety program seriously isn't just looking out for themselves, they're looking our for their customers too.