The goal of Stranco’s health and safety program is to ensure safe projects sites for our employees, subcontractors, clients, regulatory representatives, and the public. This goal is attained by maintaining a staff of well-trained personnel dedicated to achieving a culture centered on achieving a safe work environment. Our unfailing dedication to providing outstanding services to our clients has resulted in satisfied customers. Consequently, over 40% of our business is repeat business from our ever-growing list of clientele. Since 1982, Stranco has strived to ensure that our clients understand that we regard each customer as a long-term partner in discovering new ways to utilize our service and competencies.
Organization and Responsibilities - Stranco believes that health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, from the equipment operators and technicians in the field to the general manager.
Stranco’s project managers and supervisors are responsible for the health and safety of their personnel. This includes holding employees accountable for following safety plans or safety SOP’s to ensure a proactive safety program and supervision in all facilities, locations, and operations. All managers receive special training in hazard recognition, safety regulations, company liabilities, accident trends, and resources for safety assistance to ensure they have the necessary management skills. The manager’s effectiveness is monitored through corporate site audits, review of daily toolbox safety minutes, and a medical surveillance program, which is administered by Corporate Health and Safety. The project incident record is reported through a system that tracks accidents and injuries, sorted by project manager and project. Monthly safety statistics are compiled by Corporate Health and Safety and distributed to all managers.
All site employees are encouraged to assume responsibility for a safe work environment through a safety incentive program that rewards employees for safe work hours completed and for their safety suggestions.
Training - A major element of the corporate health and safety program is the initial and ongoing training provided to all field employees. A comprehensive 40-hour HAZWOPER training class or provided to all personnel prior to assignment. Advance 8-hour manager’s safety and health and training is provided for all personnel whose duties involve supervision of work-site activities.
Additional and specialized training given to all newly hired personnel includes CPR, first air, and specialized training in hazards unique to their projects. Refresher training is given annually throughout the employee’s tenure with the company.
Work Site and Project Controls - Stranco requires a site-specific safety plan for each project to ensure the health and safety of our personnel, subcontractors, clients, regulatory representatives, and the public. We have also implemented a policy of zero-incident performance and conduct site inspections and daily safety meetings.
Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan - A site-specific health and safety plan (SHSP) is prepared and reviewed by corporate health and Safety for every Stranco project before on-site work begins. The SHSP categorizes and lists all potential hazards, identifies required precautions and PPE, lists the required personnel and equipment decontamination capability that must be on site, and identifies project personnel assignments and responsibilities. All personnel must read, understand, and sign the plan before starting any work. The SHSP incorporates, as appropriate, Stranco’s SOP’s, including confined space entry, respiratory protection, fall protection, electric/mechanical lockout, and spills. The safety professional assigned to the project modifies the plan if the scope of work changes to ensure that the SHSP remains current.
Zero-Exposure Work Place - Stranco’s policy and goal at each work place is zero exposure. We work toward this goal by selecting PPE based upon the worst-case scenario and adopting the policy that any downgrades to lower levels of protection must be based upon documented monitoring results. Exposure levels are monitored through personal air sampling and physical examinations. This monitoring is performed throughout the course of a project to provide safety professionals with the information necessary to evaluate the adequacy of protective work procedures and practices.
Inspections and Safety Meetings - The safety program is implemented at the field level through site technical assistance, audits, site-specific training, and daily safety meetings. Stranco’s SHSO and supervisors are trained to perform daily work-site inspections developed to ensure compliance with the established SHSP and applicable regulations.
Daily safety meetings are conducted by the SHSO to review and address elements of the safety plan that contribute to preventing accidents during that day’s scheduled activities.
Exposure levels are monitored through personal air sampling and physical examinations. This monitoring is performed throughout the course of a project to provide safety professionals with the information necessary to evaluate the adequacy of protective work procedures and practices.
Accident Prevention Program - Stranco’s management believes that accidents create needless economic losses and are mostly preventable. The long-term cost reduction goal is to eliminate all accidents or injuries through
- Site-specific project controls
- Immediate reporting and investigation of accidents and near misses
- An expedient return-to-work program
- Modification of unsafe site conditions
- Random drug and alcohol testing
Reporting and Investigation - The immediate reporting of accidents to Corporate Health and Safety enables the prompt treatment of injured employees and initiation of the required investigation and reporting.
The result of this timely investigation is the identification of possible unsafe conditions, retraining of personnel, and modification of the SSHP or SOP. Information from accident reports is relayed to the general manager for review.
Expedient Return to Work Program - All accidents are reported to Corporate Health and Safety immediately after they occur, allowing Stranco to coordinate between the employee, job site, and clinic.
This coordination allows Stranco to provide a liaison between the physician, injured worker, and the site supervisor. This program has had a significant impact in identifying accident causes, reducing the lost workday rate, and subsequently controlling Workers Compensation costs.
Drug and Alcohol Free Work Place - Stranco has a comprehensive drug and alcohol-screening program to ensure a drug-free work force. In addition to the standard pre-placement screening examination, Stranco retains the option to randomly conduct drug and alcohol exams. The combination of these programs identifies and proactively removes potentially unsafe workers from job sites. If you have any questions regarding health and safety issues, please contact our safety director,