Safety

We Conduct Training, Measure and Report for Safety on Every Job.

Leadership

Our safety-based culture starts with our leadership. All of our employees from the president/CEO to the newest short-service employee are empowered with stop work authority, the ability to call for a pause to work if they spot a potential hazard.

In addition, our on-site supervisors carry a significant responsibility and are constantly trained and evaluated by their superiors.

Health and Safety Training

We conduct health and safety training for all of our employees. We go beyond the minimum requirements of PEC Safeland training and train our employees to be competent persons. (According to OSHA, competent persons can identify hazards in the working areas or conditions and have the authority to take swift action to eliminate them.)

Sierra Chemicals has a fully operational training facility in San Antonio, Texas. This facility allows for hands-on training for Sierra foreman and technicians. Along with initial certification, all foreman are required to take and pass annual continuing education courses.

Measurable Goals

We document and achieve measurable safety goals. We develop a plan of action for each goal and consistently evaluate our progress. Each goal contributes to our safety culture and makes us a highly productive, low-risk organization.

We have a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program and a highly effective defensive driving tracking and evaluation program.

Financial Investment

We’re a small company with a large safety budget. We have full-time HSE personnel and spend significant amounts on personal protective and safety equipment. We view safety as an investment, not a cost.

Near-Miss and Behavioral-Based Safety Programs

These programs spot, eliminate and mitigate risk factors before injury or damage occurs. We are proactive in our hazard identification and risk reduction, not reactive to accidents.

We created an awards program for when employees exceed our expectations for safety and developed a fair disciplinary program.

Communication

Safety is not a separate function of production but is integral at all levels of our work. We communicate safety in all our meetings, provide updates daily, weekly and monthly about safe working practices and include lessons learned as necessary.

Safety Reporting

Safety participation occurs at all levels in our company and is mandatory. Managers and supervisors evaluate on-site, facility and behavioral work processes often. We supervise, record, analyze and report safety metrics to all.

All incidents are immediately reported to the customer and management and are documented thoroughly. To continually improve safety, we implement pre-call planning and post-call evaluations with our customers and employees.

Adherence to Client Standards

We adjust extremely well to the hundreds of clients and their company-specific safety programs. We will always meet any and all safety standards of our customers.

Safety Ratings

  • ISNetworld Rating – A
  • PEC Premier Rating – Green
  • Avetta Rating – Green
  • Veriforce Rating – Compliant
  • TPS Team Alert – Compliant
  • TRIR EMR <1
  • AXIOM (Injury Case Manager)
  • Drug and Alcohol Programs
    • DOT – FMCSA
    • DOT – PHMSA
    • Non-DOT
    • Hair Follicle Program

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Safety Programs

  • Incident Investigations
    • Root Cause (Tap Root®, 5-Why, What If)
    • Safety Bulletins Distributed and Signed for Lessons Learned
  • Environmental Management
    • Spill Prevention and Waste Management
    • Research and Development of Effective Green Chemicals
  • Management of Change (MOC)
    • Risk-Based Analysis
    • Risk Matrix and Reporting
  • Near-Miss Program
    • Mandatory Reporting by All Employees
    • Tracking, Trending, Training Focused
  • Behavioral-Based Safety (BBS)
    • Mandatory Observations of Area or Behavior Work
    • Creating Culture of Acceptance to Constructive Criticism
  • Environmental Health and Safety Policies/Procedures
    • Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
    • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
    • Permit to Work (Customers)
    • Inspection Checklists
  • Department of Transportation Electronic Logging Device Compliant with Hours of Service Requirements and Global Positioning System Tracking.

Training and Qualifications

  • Awareness Training (Meets Client Minimum Requirements)
    • Safeland, Defensive Driving, Hazard ID, JHA, Risk Reduction, MOC, Near Miss, BBS Observations
  • Competency Training
    • Hydrogen Sulfide Operations
    • Fall Protection Competent Person
    • Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
    • Forklift Operator
    • CDL Operator with Hazmat Endorsement
    • Respiratory Protection
    • GHS Hazard Communications
    • Aerial Lift Operator
    • HAZWOPER, First Responder Operations
    • Accident Investigation
    • Hazardous Energy Isolation
  • Field Service Foreman Qualification Program
    • Based on SOP and Hazard ID – Standards for Qualification Developed from the Nuclear Power Industry
    • Fin Fan Cleaning, Water Jet Cleaning, Circulation in Place

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