Health, Safety & Environmental Overview
EOS is fully committed to ensuring that safety is at the forefront of all its projects. EOS employs a team of safety personnel that are Certified Advanced Level 3 first aiders and have received designations as National Construction Safety Officers or Construction Safety Coordinators as base qualifiers. This first class safety program excels in injury reduction and environmental protection, as demonstrated by the history of low incident rates. In 2003 EOS was awarded with the Work Safe Alberta Award, it placed EOS in the top 0.3% of companies in the category for performance in workplace health and safety.
In addition, EOS has held a Certificate of Recognition (“COR”) from Partnerships in Safety and Health since 1997. Since 1997, EOS has been utilizing an audit system created by the Alberta Construction Safety Association and it consistently exceeds the standard passing mark in these audits. External audits occur every 3 years, with the last external audit conducted in February, 2010 and EOS received a mark of 99%.
EOS believes that a safe worker is a well-trained worker. EOS employs in-house trainers that are certified to teach Alberta Construction Safety Association approved CSTS, TDG, WHMIS and Flag Person training. In 2008, EOS had members of its safety team certified to teach the Fall Protection Group Industrial/Commercial End-User Fall Protection Program which is recognized by the ACSA and accredited by OSSA. EOS’ field personnel receive training in Standard First Aid, H2S, Confined Space Entry and Basic Rescue and Ground Disturbance Level 2 as well.
EOS is listed on the HSE registry and is a registered member of ISNetworld where it is 100% compliant.
Some salient points embodied in the EOS Health Safety & Environment program include:
- Goals of this program are accomplished through strong administration, clear chains of command, and utilization of a committee consisting of employees, subcontractors, management, foremen and superintendents. Tailgate meetings and hazard assessments are conducted daily, supported by weekly and monthly employee and corporate meetings.
- Safety meetings are held at regular intervals with all workers in attendance. These meetings include a review of the OH&S Act, Regulation and Code, achieving the goal of providing employees and subcontractors with an understanding of the reasons for the emphasis EOS places on safety.
- EOS managers’ meetings include personnel from Head Office and all Field Offices, as well as superintendents and foremen. These meetings consist of a review of any safety issues encountered, creating solutions to specific problems and ensuring all key personnel are clear on protocols. They are extremely valuable for the company and result in the development of policies and procedures.
- All EOS new hires are provided with detailed orientations and on-site training which includes instruction on first aid and equipment hazards and procedures. Workers are encouraged to refuse unsafe work and are assured that they will not be disciplined for such refusal. Progressive incentives are offered for continued safe work practices. EOS has developed and utilizes policies to successfully manage substance abuse situations on the job site.
- The Health Safety & Environment Manual is continuously updated. EOS engages consultants and its own managers, foremen and workers as necessary to ensure that the Manual accurately reflects field procedures.
- EOS’ safety program attempts to minimize the occurrence of all incidents, small and large. Accordingly, EOS is committed to reporting all incidents (minor to major), reviewing them medically and treating all incidents with the same seriousness.
- Work Comp Tech, a claims management company, is retained by EOS to assist with processes that minimize the occurrence of claims and workers’ downtime in an effective and positive manner. Their expertise, coupled with the human resources module, provides EOS with the capability to accurately and efficiently manage incidents on a project-by-project basis in an effective and positive manner.
- The process utilized by EOS to track all equipment information stored in its database consists of project foremen completing daily equipment timesheets for all equipment owned, rented or subcontracted. The information gathered is entered into the Project accounting module by on-site administrators. This enables EOS to accurately job cost and maintain detailed maintenance records, ensuring that heavy equipment is serviced at appropriate levels.
- Close working relationships are maintained with: Alberta Construction Safety Association, Workers’ Compensation Board, Petroleum Industry Training Program, and Work Comp Tech. These relationships keep EOS abreast of safety issues and industry’s treatment of these issues.
- All foremen and project supervisors ensure that safety-related permits, documentation, and regulatory issues have been considered on all projects. Changes and/or applications are initiated when necessary with assistance from the Corporate Head Office and legal advisors.