The personal safety and health of every AC employee is of paramount importance. To the greatest degree possible, the management of AC Corporation provides a safe and secure work environment for its employees and furthers its emphasis on safety through continuous training and education.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 clearly outlines common goals of a safe work environment. AC Corporation’s policy is that the prevention of injury and illness will be always be given precedence over operating productivity.
It is the intent of AC Corporation to comply with all laws. To do this we must constantly be aware of working conditions in all areas. No employee is required to work at a job he or she knows is not safe.
We maintain a safety and health program which conforms to the best management practices of construction organizations. To be successful, such a program must embody the proper attitudes regarding injury and illness prevention on the part of every employee. Only through such a cooperative effort can an effective safety program be established and preserved.
Our objective is to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses to an absolute minimum, surpassing the best experience of similar companies in our industry. Our goal is nothing less than zero accidents and injuries.
Individual aspects of the safety program are detailed below.
AC Corporation requires that all work-related accidents and injuries, no matter how minor, be reported to the appropriate supervisor, owner or contractor immediately. If medical care is necessary, the employee should first be treated at a company-approved occupational health clinic. If the injury is serious, emergency services should be contacted by calling 911. For all injuries requiring medical care, it is company policy to require the employee to submit to a drug test.
AC Corporation ensures that all potential sources of asbestos within our facilities and jobsites are evaluated. It is our policy that only qualified employees are involved in any asbestos repairs, maintenance or removal operations. All unqualified employees are protected from exposure to asbestos fibers by isolating and controlling access to all affected areas during asbestos work. All tasks involving the disturbance of asbestos-containing material are conducted only after appropriate work controls have been identified and implemented. A qualified supervisor is available at all times at asbestos controlled work sites. Proper personal protective equipment, vacuums and HEPA filters are used and properly maintained. If outside contractors are used, we require all contractor employees to be properly trained and issued proper equipment and protective gear.
All employees covered by this policy participate in a training session provided at the time of initial employment, and annually thereafter. Training includes review of our written exposure control plan, regulatory text, universal precautions (indicating the epidemiology, symptoms, and modes of transmission of bloodborne diseases/pathogens), protection of hands and other skin surfaces, proper use of PPE, disinfecting methods, proper reporting protocol, recordkeeping, and post-exposure procedures.
Over 1-1/2 million workers enter confined spaces on an annual basis. Serious injury or death in a confined space can be the result of asphyxiation, engulfment, electric shock, falls, and heat stress. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 85 percent of these accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions at job sites are initiated.
AC Corporation ensures that all potential confined spaces at our facilities and jobsites are evaluated. We identify potential confined spaces, evaluate the associated hazards, and train employees regarding appropriate procedures and protective measures.
As a part of the commitment of AC Corporation to safeguard the health of its employees, provide a safe place to work, and supply its customers with the highest quality services possible, AC Corporation has established a policy on the use of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances. The intent of our policy is to provide clear guidelines and consistent procedures for handling incidents involving the use of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances that affect job performance. We make every effort to institute and maintain a drug-free work place in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act.
The National Safety Council estimates that there are at least 300 deaths annually from on-the-job electrocutions in the United States. Most of these are preventable.
AC Corporation ensures that work practices performed on or in proximity of electrical equipment/energy sources are evaluated to determine if proper safety precautions are instituted. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends certain guidelines be adhered to regarding these hazards. Our program evaluates and identifies potential energy sources and associated hazards, and communicates, trains and establishes protective measures for our employees.
AC Corporation adheres to the standards set forth in NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®
The AC Corporation Ergonomics Program has been designed to inform all employees of the Company’s commitment to improve their comfort and well being by identifying and correcting ergonomic risk factors on the job.
The goal of our program is to prevent the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) by controlling or eliminating the risk factors that cause them. Our program ensures that all affected employees are aware of job-related factors and provides information and solutions to alleviate them. AC Corporation promotes continuous improvement for the efficiency, comfort, and well being of all employees through a team effort of management and employee involvement.
Over 150 major fires occur in workplaces on an annual basis. Hundreds of tornadoes touch down annually in the United States. Numerous accidents occur that prompt evacuation of industrial facilities nation-wide. OSHA has a general directive for employers to maintain a workplace free of hazards. AC Corporation has established a facility evacuation plan for emergency situations including fire, explosion, chemical spill, severe weather, earthquake and bomb threats.
Approximately 300,000 disabling injuries occur in work-related falls each year with 85% of workers surviving falls losing time from their jobs. The OSHA Safety Standards establish uniform requirements to make sure that the hazards of elevated falls in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, and that this hazard information is transmitted to all affected workers.
AC Corporation ensures that the hazards of all elevated falls over 6 feet within our facilities are evaluated, and that information concerning these hazards is communicated to all employees. Our instruction addresses comprehensively the issues of evaluating potential fall hazards, communicating information concerning these hazards, and establishing appropriate protective measures.
AC Corporation has developed this program to assure that its employees receive the information and training needed to safely handle workplace chemicals identified as hazardous.
Components of our program include:
- Program management
- Participating personnel
- Hazardous locations
- Hazardous chemical listing
- Hazard labeling
- Material safety data sheets
- Trade secrets
- Program evaluation
Copies of our program are provided to all participating employees and to other persons under special circumstances.
Employees who have questions or concerns about the program are encouraged to submit them to the program coordinator. Comments are evaluated and appropriate action is taken.
In addition, our program is evaluated annually and is updated and revised as new data becomes available or as changes in the company’s operations occur.
Approximately 16 million workers are exposed to excessive on-the-job noise levels on an annual basis. In addition to causing hearing loss by destroying the inner ear, noise can put stress on other parts of the body causing fatigue and unnecessary psychological stress. This preventable added burden to the body can result in increased injury rates.
AC Corporation ensures that the noise hazards within our facilities are evaluated and that information concerning the hazards is communicated to all employees. We address comprehensively the issues of evaluating the potential hazards of noise, communicating information concerning these hazards, and establishing appropriate protective measures for all employees.
AC Corporation maintains an audiometric testing program free of charge for employees whose exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels. Audiometric testing is performed by a licensed or certified audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other physician, or by a technician who is certified by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.
Improper use of equipment for cutting, grinding, brazing, soldering, welding, chipping, hot riveting and other forms of “hot work” is a leading cause of industrial fires. Hot work includes any operation that involves open flames or produces heat or sparks. Plant production areas and designated hot work sections are designed to minimize these hazards and should have their own safeguards.
AC Corporation’s Hot Work Permit Program is fundamental to our property loss prevention strategy intended to control the fire hazards of hot work operations. Our program includes:
- A management policy that states clearly when, where, and under what conditions hot work may be performed
- Assignment of responsibilities
- Establishment of a permit system
- Provisions for necessary safety equipment
- Provisions for the personnel necessary to implement the program
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately 120 fatalities and approximately 28,000 serious and 32,000 minor injuries each year could be prevented if proper lockout/tagout procedures at job sites are initiated.
To protect our employees and comply with OSHA standards, AC Corporation ensures that all machinery meeting the criteria for lockout/tagout within our facilities and jobsites is evaluated and that information and training programs regarding lockout/tagout procedures are in place. We evaluate and identify potential uncontrolled energy sources and communicate information concerning these hazards to our employees. Appropriate protective measures are in place.
AC Corporation’s OSHA Recordkeeping Program provides for documentation and reporting requirements covered under 29 CFR 1904. This is necessary for developing information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses. It is also needed for maintaining a program of collection, compilation and analysis of occupational safety and health statistics, both for our company and as part of the national system for analysis of occupational safety and health.
AC Corporation has developed and maintains a written OSHA recordkeeping program. We review and evaluate our program on an annual basis or when regulatory changes prompt revision of this document. Effective implementation of this program requires support from all levels of management within the company. This written program is communicated to all personnel affected by it.
AC Corporation ensures that the requirements of the OSHA Standard for powered industrial trucks are adhered to. Training is provided to comprehensively address the issues of authorization, safety, fire protection, new purchase designs, maintenance, and general operation of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks used within our facilities.
Our Safety Director has developed written detailed instructions covering each of the basic elements in this program, and is the sole person authorized to amend these instructions. AC Corporation will halt any operation where there is danger of serious personal injury.
AC Corporation understands that engineering solutions, where feasible, are the preferred method of control for workplace hazards. The focus of the Company’s PPE/job hazard analysis program is to eliminate hazards from the workplace. This is accomplished whenever possible by redesigning the workstation, work methods, or tools to reduce the hazards associated with the demands of the job. This program will whenever possible, research into currently available controls and technology.
Where engineering controls and job hazard analyses do not eliminate all job hazards, employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes items such as, hard hats, face shields, safety goggles, glasses, hearing protection, foot guards, gloves etc.
Employees are trained and educated to ensure that they are sufficiently informed about the job hazards to which they may be exposed and thus are able to participate actively in their own protection.
About 32 million workers are potentially exposed to one or more chemical hazards on a daily basis. There are an estimated 575,000 existing chemical products, and hundreds of new ones being introduced annually.
AC Corporation ensures that respiratory hazards in our facilities and jobsites are evaluated and information concerning these hazards communicated to all employees.
AC Corporation has developed and implemented a written respiratory protection program with required work site-specific procedures and guidelines for respirator use. The program administrator reviews and evaluates our program at least annually or when changes occur in company procedures or governing regulatory sources require a revision.
It is the policy of AC Corporation to meet or exceed regulations for rigging found in 29 CFR 1926.251.
It is the responsibility of foremen and supervisors to ensure that all employees involved in rigging operations are trained in usage and safety requirements of rigging equipment.
It is the responsibility of the Safety Director to train all competent persons, foremen and supervisors in proper rigging methods, usage of equipment, and inspections and regulations.
AC Corporation has set guidelines that contractors and their personnel must follow to comply with our Safety, Health and Security policies. These guidelines must be reviewed and strictly adhered to by each contractor and its employees.
Contractors are responsible for providing all subcontractors they engage with, the information contained in our policies and insure that they comply with all rules.
Construction contractors must comply in full with all municipal, state, and federal laws governing construction of buildings or additions. The contractor must have any and all licenses necessary to perform the required work. The contractor must comply with all applicable Federal and State OSHA Standards, EPA regulations and community right-to-know laws.
Workers’ Compensation, Automobile Liability and Commercial General Liability insurance must be provided as specified in the contract. A certificate of insurance is required for verification and is reviewed and updated annually.
Scaffolds are a major source of injuries and fatalities. Of the 510,500 injuries and illnesses that occur in the construction industry annually, 9,750 are related to scaffolds. In addition, of the estimated 924 occupational fatalities occurring annually, at least 79 are associated with work on scaffolds. Most of these accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions are initiated.
AC Corporation ensures that all potential hazards regarding scaffolding in our facilities and job sites are evaluated. We identify potential deficiencies, evaluate potential hazards, and establish appropriate protective measures for our employees.
As required by OSHA, AC Corporation has established safety procedures for trenching and excavation undertaken by its employees. Preventing work-place injuries in our company is of prime importance.
The primary hazard employees are exposed to during excavation is a cave-in, which occurs when the soil forming the side of the excavation can no longer resist the forces applied to it.
AC Corporation ensures that whenever excavation operations are being undertaken, safe work practices and proper precautions are taken during all phases of the operation. Employees cease operations if there is a question regarding a potential or discovered hazard.