At LWR, Health and Safety (H&S) are company imperatives that start with absolute commitment at the top management level, and permeate every facet of the organization.
Our commitment to our employees and our clients is to provide a safe work environment that is free of recognizable hazards, and to conduct safe and environmentally responsible operations.
Our integrated Health and Safety Program includes training of all employees in the latest procedures, development and maintenance of site-specific Health and Safety Plans, daily reviews of H&S procedures, weekly H&S meetings emphasizing specific issues, monthly training/review on focused topics, quarterly review of H&S performance, and annual H&S re-certification along with H&S performance reviews for each employee.
This commitment, training, and continuous reinforcement has created a company culture that values the health and safety of our employees, clients, and clients facilities as a first priority. The result is an exemplary record, satisfied employees and clients, and an EMR of 0.73.
Our Health and Safety Programs include:
- Health and Safety Policy
- Employee Orientation Program
- OSHA 40-Hour Training
- Annual 8-Hour OSHA
- Refresher Training
- Substance Abuse Policy
- Safety Information Bulletin Board
- Hazard Communication Program
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Daily Work Permits
- Hearing Conservation Program
- Confined Space Entry Program
- Hazard Identification and Incident Prevention Program
- Process Safety Management
- Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation Program
- Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
- Operational Excellence TENETS
- Loss Prevention Observation (LPO)
In addition to the standard OSHA-required safety program standards for the construction and hazardous waste industries, LWR has developed a Behavioral Based Safety System (BBSS). This system originates from the philosophy that incidents occur as a result of management reinforcing undesired behaviors. History indicates that the lack of reporting incidents is directly related to the fear of reprisal on the part of the employees and has shown that managements concern is typically associated with those incidents causing significant injury or cost to the company.
BBSS focuses on identifying and investigating near loss incidents. When an event unsafe incident almost happens, LWR investigates to determine the root cause that led to decisions and choices creating an unsafe situation. If we determine why near losses occur, corrective measures can be identified and implemented to eliminate the potential for injuries and property damage of property damage.
Another principle of BBSS is that a near loss is the result of an undesired behavior. When an employee exhibits an undesired behavior, which did not result in injury or property damage and if this behavior continues without preventative measures, eventually the near loss will become a loss. In other words, an undesired behavior allowed to be repeated without correction is understood by employees to be a positive reinforcement.
BBSS also focuses on intervention through employee participation. The participation is identified as an observation and audits process (weekly, quarterly, annually), where one employee observes a task performed by another employee. The intent of the process is to identify the undesired behaviors before they result in a near loss or loss. The most appropriate method of identifying undesired behaviors is to include the experts (employees who actually perform the work) in the observation process. The employees have an intimate understanding of the actual work environment that is crucial in identifying risky behaviors and developing solutions to correct these behaviors. The observation process is intended to be constructive criticism rather than a finger pointing exercise. This involvement empowers employees, increasing the morale of each individual and resulting in a more successful safety program.