ZERO INCIDENTS ARE POSSIBLE
A tool developed in 2016, the Focus Four is based on principles that help keep us focused on hazard identification and mitigation.
- Leadership: Employee safety is a reflection of leadership. A leader motivates others to engage in our values and safe work practices, not only through communication but also through their actions. As a leader, you are expected to take responsibility of the project from start to end by making sure all required safeguards, along with the right tools and equipment for all workers, are in place. Make sure your team is aware of all potential risks and hazards.
- Hand Safety: Hand protection is a vital part of our safety program. A high potential exists for injury risk to hands since we constantly use them. It is important to be diligent about wearing PPE and to stay focused on where we place our hands to ensure they stay out of harm’s way.
- Hazard Recognition: A hazard is a potential for harm. There are too many potential hazards to name, but the list includes noise, heat, chemicals and electric shock. All employees are a part of the hazard analysis process and should have a unique understanding of the work environment in order to minimize oversights and share in project ownership.
- Body Mechanics: A wrench, hammer, forklift, truck or crane has the potential to injure employees if used improperly. Employees must be trained, certified and alert to safely perform the tasks they are assigned with the tools given.
The Big Five rules ensure that the highest safety standards are routinely followed in confined space areas. The Big Five rules are:
- Continually ventilate during man entry.
- All entrants must be hooked to a lifeline/retrieval system.
- Calibrated meter used on every man entry.
- Harness and rope used on every man entry.
- Confined space entry permit must be completed and posted in sight of manhole.