SAFETY TIPS THREE THIN GS TO KN OW FO R CU RREN T A N D N E W BU SIN ESSOWN ERS During this economic instability, some adventurous entrepreneurs have decided to take the dive into a new future, while others are looking to expand into new ventures; however there are a few key points that should be acknowledged for any new or existing business. There are an infinite number of results your new adventure can create. You can grow and expand to great measures of success or you can end up never leaving the ground if you don’t take the time to ensure basic compliance as it relates to the area of safety. 1) Care and Maintenance Make sure that you have researched the industry requirements relative to your vocation. Are you and your employees protected both legally and personally? Safety equipment and safety laws necessary for a particular industry may vary. It’s important to verify the standards and recommendations set forth by agencies such as NFPA, ANSI, ASME, CGA etc., in order to not only attain the right protective gear for the job, but also to ensure the proper maintenance and care for the equipmentas well as the user. Identifying and understanding general safety equipment rules and regulations can prevent injuries or fines. Safety gear incorrectly or improperly used or maintained may result in a minor or major accident which could lead to job loss or a business closure. It’s important to use safety gear as per the instructions and the job intended. Successful business owners understand this principle and are on the average proactive and promote safety above profits. 2) Training Training and adequate safety equipment are essential tools needed to ensure the safety of all employees and customers. OSHA is a great resource to start researching the
required training for almost every industry. It is important to remember that OSHA merely sets a minimum baseline of expectation and customers or specific jobs may require more than the minimum. Consulting with a professional in the industry will help identify which training is mandatory or optional. New hire training is an example of basic entry level coursesproviding the student with a broad range of topic proficiencies. Alternately, training in confined space entry is more job and industry specific and may not be necessary for all business models. American Safety Services welcomes the opportunity to review and develop ongoing safety training benchmarks maintaining compliance for both customers and their employees. 3) Inspections Frequent and documented equipment and records inspection is important and cannot be overlooked. Routine and daily inspections of everything from assets to personnel are markers for success. Although this process can be tedious and seem unimportant, ramifications from improper inspections can lead to catastrophic results. Scheduling monthly fire extinguisher inspections is an example of a life-saving tool that if left unchecked could be useless in the event of a fire. By performing regular audits and equipment checks, businesses and employees can avoid compliance failures with government and industry laws while also creating a cultural awareness within the organization that results in a safety first environment. Making safety a priority at every level is and should be the goal for every organization. Aaron Campbel American Safety Services, Inc.
APRIL 2015 | www.PBEMag.com | PERMIAN BASIN ENERGY MAGAZINE