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May Safety Brief

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Note from Leanne: 

As we roll into our month of CSR Proficiency Evaluations, I think it’s important to step back for a moment and reflect on the importance of these skill assessments. The CSR Proficiency Evaluations allow us to ensure that anyone designated as a CSR, either for internal activity or CSR standby for clients, has a knowledge base that will allow them to safely perform a rescue in the event of an emergency. It’s a way for MER to check the effectiveness of our CSR training program and identify any areas of our training that might need to be improved upon. It’s also a way for us to distinguish ourselves in the eyes of our CSR clients. Instead of our employees simply completing an annual CSR training and then being issued a cert, regardless of whether they can perform those skills or not, we legitimately measure the competency of each employee on an individual basis to determine their capabilities to work in an environment that does not allow for an inadequate knowledge base or decision making skills. The effort is substantial and it is essential to the protection of our employees, our company and our clients; without it, we compromise the integrity of our company and we jeopardize the safety of all those involved in confined space activity.

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April Safety Brief

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Note from Leanne:

Here at MER, we have a tremendously successful Best-in-Class Employee Development program. With features such as smaller classes (6-8 students) to help increase student involvement and knowledge retention, an elevated focus on hands-on, high-energy training (as opposed to lectures or PowerPoint presentations) and a high number of training hours (the average employee completes 80 hours worth of training annually), I believe our program is one of the best in our industry. In addition to those in-house features that tend to be safety-related, our employee development program includes external education opportunities such as classes for public speaking, leadership training and training on various Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint etc.), just to name a few. MER is committed to our employees’ development, both safety-related and otherwise; if you’re interested in furthering your development, or have ideas on how to improve our program, contact any one of our team members.

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March Safety Brief

Monday, March 4, 2013

Note from Leanne:

Being safe (contrary to popular belief) is not just about having common sense, though you do have to use some common sense in order to be safe. Being safe requires an individual to pay attention to everything: our actions, the actions of the people around us, the equipment that we use; ultimately, it’s a full-time job. There are times when being safe is something anyone can do, regardless of their experience, their knowledge etc. But when we’re exposed to a hazard that’s beyond our expertise, we should stop what we’re doing, and get the experts involved. Sometimes the experts are the supervisors or the managers at a Resource Center. Sometimes the experts are on the Safety Team. And sometimes, the experts are not MER employees at all. Being safe is about knowing our limits and getting help when we reach those limits.

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February Safety Brief

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Note from Leanne:

Everyday, each of us makes an untold amount of choices; most of our choices may seem like they’re decisions based on thought or consideration, but really, many of the choices we make aren’t really choices at all. They’re habits. And over time, the habits that we have, regardless of how insignificant some of them may seem, can have a substantial impact our health, our happiness and many other aspects of our lives.

Being safe is really just a product of being attentive to our habits. By taking time to make conscious decisions about seemingly benign actions, whether it’s how we pick up a box or if we look in our driver’s side mirror before getting out of a truck, we will slowly build up good habits, and those good habits will help keep us safe, healthy and hopefully happy.

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January Safety Brief

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Note from Leanne: January

As we kick off 2013, I wanted to take a moment to again thank all of you for your hard work in 2012. Each year, as we evaluate our past year’s performance, it becomes increasingly challenging to measure our organization’s safety success. Our high expectations of excellence, and in some cases perfection, in safety and health incite us to ask, “In what ways can we continue to strive for excellence year after year, when we already believe our program is Best-in-Class?”
I believe that the answer to that question lies in our definition of success. Maybe it’s having zero injuries or reporting more Good Catches; maybe it’s being part of an advanced training program or a specialty safety services program. Regardless, our commitment to continuous improvement in those areas (among others) will help us define safety excellence, and ultimately, define our success as a Best-in-Class organization.
So as we look to 2013, a year that will undoubtedly offer us many opportunities for tremendous growth and development, let’s recommit ourselves to Best-in-Class safety through excellence in everything we do. Let’s make Best-in-Class “business as usual”: nothing flashy, not a huge campaign, just day-to-day excellence that doesn’t need to be advertised.

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