HEALTH SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IN INDIANA
Construction safety is a broad term used to describe workers’ safety, their work environment, and the public. Construction sites can be hazardous places. There are many hazards that construction workers need to be aware of to avoid injury.
Construction safety is essential, and it is the responsibility of all the people involved in the construction process to ensure that they are safe. It’s the responsibility of the construction safety officers to make sure that the site is safe, no accidents happen, and everyone has a job.
Construction safety is not just about wearing a hard hat and having all the necessary equipment on site. Construction safety officers have to be professional, knowledgeable, skilled, and well-trained to ensure that they are doing their jobs correctly.
Site safety and health officers (SSHOs) should have extensive knowledge about OSHA regulations and all other applicable safety standards and guidelines. They should also have experience in the field and at least one year of experience working as an OSHA-certified trainer or with another company. The SSHO should also demonstrate leadership skills such as training employees and leading meetings with contractors and subcontractors on site safety matters.
- They inspect the construction site for potential hazards that could affect the workers.
- They provide training to workers about how to be safe on a construction site.
- They make sure that all work is done safely and correctly.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that regulates safety in the workplace. The agency has established guidelines for construction projects to be followed by employers, employees, and contractors.
In general, OSHA has set forth several guidelines for construction safety which include:
- Providing workers with personal protective equipment and training them on how to use it.
- Maintaining safe work conditions with proper ventilation, lighting, drainage, and other facilities.
- Ensuring that workers are not exposed to hazardous chemicals or noise levels above the limits prescribed by OSHA standards.
- Providing a well-maintained worksite with proper access to emergency services.
Our SSHOs have an OSHA 30-hour Construction DOL card with comprehensive training in First Aid, CPR, and AED.
We know what it takes to get the job done right. We're qualified to work on any construction site where a qualified SSHOs is required.
We are proud to have worked on many projects in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Evansville.
Safety is always important, especially in construction. Construction sites are dusty and dirty environments with many dangerous possibilities. The following safety rules can be helpful to protect you and your co-workers:
- Wear closed-toe footwear and gloves.
- Never work alone.
- Keep your area clean.
- Secure all tools and equipment before leaving the site.
- If you will be on a project overnight, take an authorized buddy with you or sleep at the site.
- Don't drink alcohol while working on a project.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) was created on March 27, 1970. This act regulates employers in the United States, including workplaces covered by the United States Department of Labor, independent contractors or consultants working under a government contract, or businesses owned by a government entity.
OSHA inspections are a vital part of the safety and health system. Employers have to make sure that their workplaces are safe for employees. OSHA does not reveal information about when, where, or which company is being inspected. Inspectors check for hazards in the workplace such as poor lighting, hazardous chemicals, inadequate flooring, etc. They also look at employee injuries and illnesses to see if they are appropriately handled.
Our competent and qualified site safety & health officers (SSHOs) have the following courses and certifications:
- Government Construction Safety Courses.
- Construction Quality Control Courses.
- Environmental Compliance.
- Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.
All our SSHOs have at a minimum:
- Five years of experience in USACE, NAVFAC, and VA projects as SSHOs.
- OSHA 30-hr Construction DOL card.
- Active First Aid / CPR / AED.
- 24-hrs Fall Protection Competent Person per EM 385-1-1 requirements.
- 8-hrs annual safety continued education.