TAS The SAFE Way

At TAS our environmental, health and safety culture is an ever evolving and sustaining program based on the identification and control of workplace hazards through direct employee engagement, top management commitment, ongoing and persistent hazard analysis and control as well as the rewarding of positive safety behaviors. We use the SAFE way tool to help us identify those workplace hazards and controls prior to beginning a task by asking a series of questions like “what am I about to do, how can it hurt me, and what am I going to do about it?”

 

We recognize that Safety is a team effort involving commitment from top management, supervisors and employees. Our impeccable safety record shows every employee’s commitment to our safety program and to each other. At TAS, we truly believe we are a family, and we take care of each other. Employees do not just have the STOP Work Authority at TAS, they have a STOP Work Obligation! All employees have fully embraced the goal of everyone goes home the same way they came to work!

 

Environmental Improvement

At TAS We recognize we are stewards of our environment, both at work and in our community. We want to leave a healthy planet for our children, and our children’s children and beyond. In order to help us achieve these goals, we are currently pursuing the ENV 14001 ISO certification. This certification process has helped us improve our Environmental Management System, and will help us keep our environment safe and healthy for future generations

 

Employee Involvement

An effective Safety program requires a high-level of direct employee involvement

  • Employee Observation Program: Over 6,300 Production employee safety observations submitted in 2019
  • Single Point of Accountability (SPA) Program: 8 Production employee lead teams focusing on activities identified with the most opportunity for hazards
  • Pre-shift Toolbox Talks and Stretching Exercises: Daily start of shift meeting with a continual rotation of employee lead safety discussions & warm-up or stretching activities
  • Ergonomic Risk Assessments: Safety and Production leadership lead user end user involved reviews of new processes, equipment and tooling to focus on their safe use. Found that involving the users in the decision making dramatically increased procedure compliance as well as driving additional improvements

 

Safety Practices and Protocols

Enhanced New Hire Orientation Process

TAS feels the right attitude is the single largest driver in safe workplace behavior.  To ensure the right cultural fit an improved hands on training program was developed and implemented, mentors assigned, and supervisor evaluations at every stage of training prior to any employee being given autonomous work assignments

Measurement & Education

TAS maintains a comprehensive deck of Safety metrics.  The EHS team leverages this data to develop upcoming safety talks, identify areas for improvement, continue to tailor & improve existing initiatives or programs but most importantly to educate the general employee base on what this information means, why it is important & how it can directly impact themselves

Continuous Improvement

The TAS Continuous Improvement program now only focuses on production improvement or cost-out initiatives the other major tenant is Safety.  This team is used in assisting the development and implementation of identified improvements in safety

 

Safer Work Practices Through Training

Field and Shop personnel are trained in a variety of safety programs according to their job descriptions. Some of those trainings are:

Welding, Cutting, Brazing Hazards,

HAZCOM

Lock Out Tagout Procedures for Authorized and Affected Personnel

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fall Protection

Forklift and Scissor Lift Operator

Crane and Rigging Operations

Hazard Recognition

Supervisors are also trained in

Incident Reporting, Investigation, and Corrective Actions

Safety Meeting Presentation and Mentoring

Safety Leadership

TAS has two full time Safety professionals on staff to help mentor and coach our employees and to lead our safety program.

Sean Wymore is the EHS Manager at TAS. Sean has been with TAS since July of 2017, and has over 14 years experience in EHS Management and Leadership. Sean currently has the following certifications:

Certified Safety and Health Official in both Construction and General Industry

Certified Occupational Safety Specialist

OSHA 500 and 501 Trainer

Lead Auditor in ISO 9001, 14001, and OHSAS 19001

Rex LaPlante is the EHS Coordinator at TAS. Rex has been with TAS since 2012. Rex has 2 years of safety experience. Rex has taken the following classes while working toward his Specialist in Safety and Health certification:

OSHA Standards for General Industry

Confined Space

Fall Protection

Forklift and Crane Certification Trainer

 

Safety by the Numbers

ERM:

2019                2018                2017

0.69                 0.75                 0.66

Total Safe Work Hours with No LTI:

As of 04/30/2020

2,493,072