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January - February MER Insider

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Note from Leanne…

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and we hope your year is getting off to a great start. If you’re familiar with the MER Safety Brief, you know that though many of the articles each month are safety-related, there are just as many articles in each issue that focus on non-safety related topics, such as health and wellness, employee development and company growth.

As you read through this month’s double-issue (Jan & Feb), you’ll notice that in addition to the new name, we’ve added some new non-safety related sections to our periodical: Employee Anniversaries, Now Hiring and Survey Says, just to name a few.  As our organization continues to grow and evolve, we wanted to reflect that growth through our already successful monthly newsletter while ensuring that we kept employee safety at the forefront of our message.

We hope you like the changes that we’ve made to our employee newsletter and we encourage everyone to continue providing our Team with feedback on ways that we can improve our communications across the company.

Stay safe in 2016!

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December 2015 Safety Brief

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Note from Leanne…

As we come to the end of another year, I wanted to take this time to extend my appreciation to everyone for your hard work and dedication throughout the year. 2015 has been an eventful year, with significant growth and organizational change all across our Family of Companies. Each event presented us with various challenges and opportunities for development; our organization and employees all responded positively, and for that, I am extremely grateful. 

Additionally, please take a moment to say thank you to those individuals with whom you work. Our coworkers are often considered to be our second family, a group of people with whom we spend a significant amount of time and who we trust to help keep us safe. Your coworkers have worked hard to ensure you get home safe every night, just as you did your part to help them make it home safe. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts and then reflect on everything you did this year to do the same for them.  

Finally, I look forward to working with everyone in 2016 and having another safe and successful year. To everyone, across our Family of Companies, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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November 2015 Safety Brief

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Note from Leanne…

Next to employee safety, MER’s commitment to employee development is one of the most important aspects of MER’s Best-in-Class culture. MER’s Employee Development Program (EDP) is a collection of ever-evolving components/methods of development designed to help drive the growth of our employees and our Company. 

The most common type of development that is typically associated with technical qualifications is “training.” Employees across the MER Family of Companies participate in as many as 90 hours of training each year, varying from Company orientation to computer training on Microsoft® Excel or Word to advanced confined space rescue certification.

In addition to the type of training listed above, MER employee have access to soft skills training, which is a type of development focusing on skills that are more universal in nature and can apply to any employee regardless of their position or the industry in which they work. Training in problem solving, adaptability, conflict resolution and other soft skills are all available through both formal programs and informal mentorship relationships. 

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October 2015 Safety Brief

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Note from Leanne…

Every year, MER Environmental Field Services become fully engaged in “outage season,” a stretch of time where a number of MER’s energy and industrial clients shut down all or por­tions of their facilities to perform large-scale maintenance. Typically, these shutdowns require a significant amount of resources to complete the scheduled tasks in a relatively short amount of time and because many clients hold these outages at the same time each year (during times of lower demand for their product/ services), MER personnel and equipment are in high demand across the organization. 

During these campaigns, safety can be challenged as we manage longer-than-typical work shifts, increased utilization of sub­contractors and compressed production schedules. In the face of these obstacles, it’s paramount that we stay disciplined in our focus on employee safety. Consider implementing a structured break schedule to address hazards of long hours and a subcon­tractor-specific tailgate meeting to help temporary laborers better understand MER’s safety culture. Outage season is a great time of year that provides our company with awesome business potential; let’s make sure we keep our employees safe and make it through another outage season with no injuries!

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