WEST management recognizes the importance of our Health and Safety program to our employees, to our clients, and to the success of our company. It is the policy and top priority of WEST to provide a safe, accident-free and comfortable work environment. Our goal is to protect employees from injury while working for our company and this receives top priority from everyone in the corporation. Our health and safety program and specific individual programs comply with federal, state, and local regulations with particular emphasis on the applicable Occupational Health and Safety Administration Rules and Regulations that apply to our operations.
As an employee owned organization, it is imperative that all employees embrace a positive safety culture. Each employee knows and understands the importance of being safe while both in the field and in the office as well as being able to positively communicate observed hazards to fellow employees. The safety program at WEST is based on 6 fundamental aspects that work hand in hand to facilitate this well rounded safety culture.
- Health and Safety Committee
- Health and Safety Manual
- Safety Meetings
- Open Communication
- Stop Work Authority
- Dedicated Health and Safety Team
Health and Safety Committee Meetings- The safety committee is comprised of several members from all over the United States that help to discuss safety initiatives and communicate a broad way of thinking to assist fellow employees on corrective actions for obstacles they may face in the work environment.
Health and Safety Manual – The Health and Safety Manual is provided to all employees that work for WEST. It is the intent that by providing this Health and Safety manual along with training to each employee working for WEST, the employee should have the framework of reference and knowledge to make educated decisions and prepare for any circumstances the employees may encounter while conducting work activities.
Safety Meetings- At the start of each week, employees engage in a safety discussion to discuss safety programs and develop action plans for preparation of the planned week’s activities. These safety meeting allow for direct communication with project staff to reduce risk from possible environmental hazards as well as provide a platform to recognize the efforts observed by other project members.
Open Communication – Establishing a clear line of open communication between WEST employees at all levels alleviates any perception that an employee will be negatively impacted if he/she has concerns or questions regarding his/her safety. WEST employees are our most valuable asset and it is important that they all have a voice to be able to communicate these concerns without fear of retaliation.
Stop Work Authority – While working on projects, all employees understand that they have the right and the obligation to stop work if they feel the operation is elevating undue risk or may adversely impact the environment, themselves or fellow co-workers. This stop work authority allows for clear communication as well as ensuring that employees understand the components of the operation before proceeding. Under no circumstances should retribution be directed at any person(s) who exercise in good faith their stop work authority.
Dedicated Health and Safety Staff- WEST employs two full time Health and Safety professionals to oversee the Health and Safety program as well as train all employees and respond to incidents.
WEST is a member of the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, PICS, and ISNETWORLD.