2016 Safety Summit

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2016 GBA Safety Summit: Safety and the Professional Services Organization
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Professional services firms are challenged to establish and maintain an effective Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) program that must bring together the company’s unique and changing culture with external requirements (regulatory, client) and safety programs designed for unrelated industries. EHS must be incorporated into the total risk management package to encourage staff engagement to produce excellent customer and technical service. (35 minutes)

2016 GBA Safety Summit: Safety Discussion Forum
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In addition to a well-done, on-time, and on-budget project, companies hiring professional services firms expect the work to be performed in a safe manner. The hiring company has a primary interest to minimize the risk to their company’s assets and employees, other contractors’ employees, the public and the environment. In many cases, safety performance has become a project deliverable. Today professional services firms not only must meet their own and regulatory requirements, they must meet client requirements including prequalification and specific work rules. With a forum of client representatives and previous speakers, this session explores and discusses safety considerations, requirements, issues, and solutions needed to lead to a safer working environment for clients and the professional services firm. (53 minutes)

2016 GBA Safety Summit: Silica and the Material Testing Laboratory
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Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. This rule’s provisions include: reducing the silica’s permissible exposure limit, and monitoring and controlling exposures. Operations at material testing laboratories present a number of potential sources of exposure to silica. This session explores the sources of exposure, control measures and what testing is needed to ensure compliance and protection of laboratory technicians. (26 minutes)

2016 GBA Safety Summit: Changing Safety Culture: Our Journey at Terracon
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Everyone wants their employees to be safe. Companies are constantly balancing the dilemma of what is the responsibility of the employee and what is the responsibility of the company, as well as the challenge of keeping Safety fresh and avoiding complacency. Terracon took a different approach five years ago; instead of focusing on a new safety program, it tackled the challenge of changing the safety culture at a 45-year-old company with over 2500 employees. This presentation discusses Terracon’s approach, challenges, and successes. (39 minutes)

2016 GBA Safety Summit: Gold Shovel Standard
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The Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a first-of-its-kind effort to create a North American scale program, driven by industry and underpinned by data technology, to unify excavation safety under a single, broadly-meaningful, professional brand that raises the bar for excavators. By monitoring the performance of individual excavators across networks and geographies, GSS is the first system capable of targeting incentives (positive and negative) directly at specific excavation companies on a North American scale. Current companies requiring GSS certification include: Kinder Morgan, Con Edison, TELUS, Pacific Gas and Electric, Xcel Energy, and Dominion. www.goldshovelstandard.com (32 minutes)