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September Safety Brief

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Note from Leanne

In 2007, right after the merger between Fleet Environmental Services (Fleet) and Moran Environmental Recovery (MER), MER introduced an employee development program that assigned high-potential field employees to a six-month tour-of-duty on the Safety Team. These newly branded “Safety Associates” had the opportunity to gain critical experience for future growth, while helping to drive the integration of the Fleet and MER companies towards a goal of a seamless organization, rooted in a Best-in-Class safety culture. 

Since then, our organization has grown tremendously in headcount, services provided, industries served and of course geographically, stretching from the west coast to the east coast and even to our neighbor to the north, Canada. Though the Safety Associate Program as it was originally designed is not active today, we certainly have a safety program that through the years has evolved into a much more mature and effective platform to drive a Best-in-Class safety culture. That culture is rooted in the idea that safety is the responsibility of everyone, not just a select group of individuals; this approach has helped us become a safer and more well rounded organization and I believe it has helped raise the bar in safety for our industry.

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Effective Tailgate Safety Meetings Tips

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Effective Tailgate Safety Meetings Tips

1. Lead it. Don’t read it. – Ask questions and make eye contact with employees on team.

2. Keep close proximity. – Ensure everyone is in the same area when you begin.

3. Use props. – Talking about Fall Protection? Grab a harness.

4. Eliminate distractions. – Shut off noise sources or move meeting to another area. Also, remember to project your voice.

5. Rotate tailgate meeting leaders. – Employees who participate are more likely to take ownership

6. Ask engaging questions. – Allow employees to have input.


 Ask Engaging Safety Meeting Questions

 There are two kinds of questions: closed and open.

  •  Closed questions have yes or no answers. Example: Is everyone going to work safely today?
  •  Open questions provide more information, as well as engage and transfer ownership to employees. Example:

    How are you going to work safely today?

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August Safety Brief

Thursday, August 1, 2013

 A Note from Leanne

Hindsight’s 20/20; for those not familiar, the saying essentially means that once an event has happened, we are blessed with the ability to look back, have a full understanding of that event, and likely, can see that different choices would have improved the outcome of that event. The truth of that cliché is made painful by the fact that often, the opportunity to utilize that knowledge is limited due to the low probability of a reoccurrence of such an event.

At MER, because of our network of Resource Centers and Family of Companies, we don’t have that problem. Good Catches, incident investigations, Site Assessments and similar tools provides us with a catalog of peer-supplied lessons learned to help us prevent repeat outcomes of injuries, equipment damage and other operational losses. Hindsight is 20/20. Let’s use the tools we have in place to ensure we have a clear vision of an incident-free future as well.

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July Safety Brief

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Note From Leanne:

As our organization continues to grow through geographic expansion, industry diversification and service specialization, our employees will see more and more opportunities for cross training, cross-utilization of staff and personal growth potential. As these new opportunities present themselves, it’s critical that employees who have interest in these opportunities communicate their interest to their local manager in addition to reaching out to the person/team presenting the opportunity (i.e. Safety Rep – contact the Safety Team AND tell your GM). Additionally, utilize your performance reviews to show interest in growth and development; ask about upcoming opportunities, ways to progress through the organization and skills you might need to be considered for advancement. Your individual success is critical to our organization’s success; the more we can help you develop as an individual, the more you’ll be able to help our company progress.

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June Safety Brief

Monday, June 3, 2013

Note from Leanne:

As our industries, our company and our services continue to grow and evolve, it’s important that we recognize the role that we play with regards to assisting with the progress of that evolution. More often than not, changes in our procedures and processes are rooted in safety and health; as we make these changes, there are inevitably questions and resistance, because let’s be honest, we all have a little, "who moved my cheese?" mentality in us.

As a company that prides ourselves on being Best-in-Class, it’s our responsibility to not only understand the safety aspect of any changes we make, but also educate our employees, our clients and the rest of our industries on the importance and necessity of those changes. The more we communicate and educate, the further along our industries’ evolution will progress, and that, no matter how you look at it, is a great thing to be part of.

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