2013 Health, Safety, Security and Environment Plan (HSSE)
1. HSSE Mission Statement
The purpose and goal of the health and safety plan is to provide a positive working environment and an injury-free workplace for all employees, subcontractors and clients.
A. Supervisors are responsible for:
- ensuring hazards are identified and appropriately controlled or mitigated
- creating an environment that promotes active employee participation in health and safety-related activities, and
- ensuring that health and safety-related initiatives are adequately resourced.
B. Employees AND Contractors (Personnel) are responsible for:
- working safely,
- ensuring their co-workers are protected and work safely,
- assisting in the identification of health and safety issues and concerns, and
- adhering to policies initiated or requested by the client
2. Health Policy
A. We will strive to protect employees and subcontractors from activities or circumstances which could result in long-term, chronic harm.
B. Gasoline inhalation or skin exposure will be limited or eliminated through the use of proper handling procedures, spill containment and protective equipment.
C. Chronic back injuries will be limited or eliminated through the use of safe lifting procedures
D. Knee, ankle and other joint-related injuries will be limited or eliminated through the use of proper footwear and safe working practices
E. Sunburn and UV-related exposure will be limited or eliminated through the use of protective clothing, sunblock and sunglasses
3. Safety Policy
A. Proper safety equipment will be utilized at all times. Job-specific safety equipment will always be available and always used when required.
1. Sturdy boots, long-legged pants, gloves and a hardhat will be worn at all times.
2. Hearing protection, eye-protection, long sleeved-shirt, chainsaw-chaps, kneepads or other job-specific protections will be used when necessary.
B. A ‘Stop-Work’ policy, wherein all work is stopped (even if briefly) if any new or unexpected or previously unobserved hazard is encountered, will be used at all times.
1. Work will resume only when all employees or subcontractors present on the jobsite agree that it is safe to do so.
2. Any employee or subcontractor has the right to exercise the “Stop-Work” upon observing or encountering a hazard which makes them feel that they or others may be at risk.
C. All employees and subcontractors have the responsibility to constantly reassess the job-site for new hazards and communicate them to all others present on the job-site as soon as possible.
D. Specific hazards will require the use of special protection measures by all employees and subcontractors.
1. Working on or near roadways will require the use of reflective vests by personnel
2. Vehicles, equipment or materials placed, parked or stored in the vicinity of a roadway will be marked with traffic cones
3. The presence of 3rd party or unaffiliated contractors, crews or heavy equipment will require the use of reflective vests by all personnel to improve situational awareness
4. The presence of propane tanks, electrical lines or other hazardous energy sources must be known to all personnel on any job-site
E. Environmental hazards including weather, wildlife, terrain hazards and dangerous trees encountered by personnel will need to be communicated and addressed or mitigated.
1. Weather conditions
a. Lightning can endanger personnel from over a ¼ mile (the 1-second rule)
b. Heavy rainfall can make jobsites unsafe
c. High winds could endanger tree-felling operations
d. Severe heat conditions can cause heat fatigue or heat stroke
a. Poisonous critters including snakes and skunks
b. Large predators such as bears, mountain lions, etc.
a. Extremely steep, loose or unstable terrain
b. Extremely slippery conditions
c. Loose rock or tree-material which could be dislodged without warning
4. Trees/Poisonous Vegetation
a. ”Widow-makers”, or trees which could fall suddenly without warning, or shed large, dangerous branches without warning
b. Poison Ivy or similar poisonous vegetation
F. A medical kit will be available on all job-sites . All personnel will know the basic procedures for accessing it and treating basic injuries with it.
G. Emergency Action Plan
1. All personnel will carry functioning cellular telephones
2. All personnel will know the address of the property they are working on
3. All personnel will know the location of the nearest hospital or emergency clinic
4. Any person suspected to have a spinal-injury will not be moved until trained assistance arrives
H. A Fire Extinguisher will be present and readily accessible on all jobs utilizing gas-powered equipment.
1. All personnel will acknowledge receipt of basic instruction in the use of the fire extinguishers prior to conducting work
2. PASS: Point-Aim-Squeeze-Sweep technique
3. Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames
I. Vehicles will be parked in a safe manner, in such a way as to minimize the obstruction of nearby vehicle traffic without endangering personnel, passersby or clients.
1. Parking on steep slopes is inherently risky – proper use of parking brakes is required at all times, regardless of the steepness of the parking spot
2. Use of traffic cones to mitigate an unavoidable parking risk will be required at some jobsites
3. Use of chocks may be required on certain locations
J. Smoking will not be tolerated on job-sites.
1. Client requests regarding smoking at any location will be honored by all personnel at all times, above and beyond this HSSE.
2. At no time will personnel violate any current County or State fire-restrictions.
K. Equipment must always be inspected before use. Unsafe equipment must be marked until repaired to prevent unintentional use which could result in injury or property damage
4. Security Policy
A. All personnel will strive to protect personal, corporate and client assets from theft, vandalism or loss
B. All personnel will strive to be aware of the location of every individual present on any jobsite. This will require a constant “heads-up” mindset resulting in good situational awareness
C. If any unauthorized, unexpected or unsafe individual enters the current area of operations on any jobsite, “Stop-Work” will be exercised until the safety of that person can be assured
D. Exposure to information regarding private details of a client’s life, property or possessions will be regarded as confidential information and must not be disclosed to anyone not expressly affiliated with FFM, Trevor Ycas, LLC, or the client without prior permission
E. Client-imposed restrictions, policies or requests (as specifically communicated to any personnel) must be adhered to and respected unless they contradict any portion of Section 3, the “Safety Policy”
5. Environmental Protection Policy
A. We will employ practical measures to protect the environment. We will strive to eliminate any releases of chemicals to land, air or water that may harm human health or the environment.
1. Spill containment devices will be utilized when possible during equipment fueling, fuel-transfer operations, or storage of fuel onsite
2. Any fuel or chemical spill which occurs will be contained and any impacted soil or vegetation removed and itself contained for later disposal
B. We will strive to protect wildlife when possible. Bird nests and, animal burrows or dens will be protected when possible