Safety has always been an important component of K&D’s service program. The company employs a full time Safety Director to administer an active employee safety program. All employees receive extensive in-house training on equipment operation, hazardous communication and quality sen/ice issues prior to being released to the field. Training continues on a monthly basis for all employees throughout the year.
Through regularly scheduled employee training programs, K&D keeps staff members and field personnel up-to-date on current safety, state and federal environmental regulations, accident prevention and new technologies in the industry. K&D maintains complete records of training course attendance and conducts regular medical monitoring of all field personnel. Employee training programs prepare personnel for addressing and responding to a wide range of customer needs including emergency response, confined space entry, appropriate sampling protocol and proper equipment operation.
Due to the high potential for injury from exposure to safety and health hazards at other plants, K&D has instituted a number of systems designed to reduce the potential for injury regardless of site conditions.
Branch Safety Coordinator
Each branch has assigned one management employee to the position of Branch Safety Coordinator. The duties of the Branch Safety Coordinator include overseeing safety efforts at the branch level, performing periodic job site inspections, enforcing safety policies and procedures, auditing safety performance and arranging or conducting safety training.
Safety Incentive Program
A safety incentive program was implemented to reward good safety practices. Each employee is awarded points for hours worked safely, safety attitude and active promotion of the safety program. Points are deducted for injuries, vehicle accidents and attendance. Each quarter the points are tallied and prizes awarded.
Pre-job Safety Briefings
Prior to the start of each work activity, the Crew Leader or Supervisor conducts a Pre-job Safety Briefing. This briefing covers all physical, chemical and natural hazards which the crew might face during the performance of the work activity. The Crew Leader documents this meeting on a Pre-job Safety Briefing form. Included on this form is a checklist where the Crew Leader can “check-off” the hazards which could be encountered and the appropriate protective measures. He then reviews the form with the crew.
Branch Safety Meetings
Branch safety meetings are held periodically. During these meetings, various safety topics are covered, such as a review of incidents which have occurred since the previous meeting and safety issues of upcoming jobs. This opportunity is also used to discuss operational issues.
Statistical Process Control and Tracking of Safety Improvement
In 1991, K&D implemented statistical process control for tracking, forecasting and improving our safety record. The following data is tracked and analyzed on a continual basis: Number and Type of Incidents, Result of Incident, Supervisor/Crew Leader in Charge, Number of Recordable Injuries/Illnesses, Incident Frequency Trends, Incidents-to- Hours-Worked Ratio, and Pareto Analysis of Incidents.