Moran Environmental Recovery

September 2013

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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