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Health and Safety
CH2M is deeply dedicated to health, safety, and the environment (HSE) because we recognize our people and environment to be both our responsibility and the structure of our firm. Our simple standard is that everyone comes home safely, every day, on every project. We look out for each other, capturing our people’s hearts and minds through an intensive, ongoing focus on safety, well-being, security, and environmental impacts, in the office, out in the field, and at home.
Our formal HSE management system is integrated into our business and project delivery processes. Based on the American National Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management System (ANSI Z10-2012), our HSE foundation is to promote the company’s health and safety culture. Our management systems map illustrates additional safety management systems, and the status of conformance and compliance throughout regional operations.
Our HSE policy is part of a management systems approach to implementing health and safety. Our executive leadership promotes a culture of health and safety throughout our firm and expects employees to take responsibility for their own behavior and the behaviors of every employee around them. Such diligence results in few HSE incidences and receipt of a number of awards for CH2M’s safety performance in 2015, listed in the Awards section.
To help make our health and safety culture concrete for projects and employees, we use an educational and operational program known as “Target Zero.” Embedded in our training and in every project we take on, Target Zero’s name says it all: we strive for zero safety incidents, zero injuries, and zero adverse environmental impacts. By infusing our culture of awareness and incident prevention into all our projects, we help manage risks for our employees and our clients.
We regularly promote our Target Zero culture through our HSE communications program, by producing and distributing communications that highlight our progress with key programs, such as office safety, ergonomics, and environmental compliance. All employees are empowered and expected to provide feedback on our health and safety program. Every June, we celebrate safety month. And each week in 2015, we published information and activities on specific topics, including wellness tips for diet, exercise, and mental health; hearing and noise awareness; emergency preparedness in the office; and travel safety, locally and abroad.
We publish short summaries of incidents, including near misses, called “Lessons Learned,” so that our employees can apply information in a timely way to prevent similar occurrences. To reach a wide audience or target specific groups of employees, we use a combination of intranet stories, posters, videos, and e-mails. We maintain a library of communications on the HSE Web site to help employees stay informed and maintain a focus on safety. To herald our Target Zero achievements, we honor exemplary HSE performance of individuals, groups, and projects, by presenting HSE awards and sharing these accomplishments throughout the company.
In 2015, CH2M celebrated additional successes through our wellness challenges, using an online campaign called “ShapeUp.” Employees around the world participated in two challenges, Walk the Wonders, in the spring, and Face Off, in the fall. Over 2,000employees on more than 400 teams, across 7 countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, UAE, Puerto Rico, Australia, and Qatar) logged over one billion steps, or almost 600,000 miles. Employees also lost over 600 pounds during the Face Off challenge.
Additionally, in each of our more than 100 North American offices, a trained office safety coordinator conducts comprehensive monthly inspections to verify that regulatory compliance and minimum physical standards are met. Outside of North America, office safety coordinators are either office staff or health and safety team members. Verification of these measures is tracked with a comprehensive, master HSE-task tracking log. Office safety coordinators regularly conduct severe weather drills, verify that offices are prepared for emergency security situations, and make safety information and personal protective equipment available to employees and guests. In conjunction with geographic facilities managers, coordinators also help with office moves and reconfigurations, select subcontractors, request safety plans, and provide direction and oversight during such events.
Our office emergency responders, which typically represent 10 percent of an office population, are trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and automated external defibrillator use. They serve as both medical first responders and fire wardens.
Another important aspect of our HSE efforts is ergonomics. To promote employee ergonomics awareness, communications are published throughout the year. Employees may request ergonomics support at any time through an online ergonomics evaluation form or by calling the ergonomics phone message system. Ergonomics requests are reviewed each day, with a goal of responding to employee requests within 48 hours. Employees receive assistance with adjustments to their work stations, obtain needed equipment, and receive information on alleviating any discomfort they may be having. They also complete periodic ergonomics evaluations.
In 2015, we performed more than 4,000 ergonomics evaluations, addressing over 1,400 reported ergonomics concerns for discomfort. Our goals continue to be avoiding or eliminating discomfort related to employees’ work stations and enhancing employees’ health and safety, work productivity, and quality.
The 2015 employee recordable incident rate (recordable incidents per 200,000 hours worked) for CH2M’s global family of companies was 0.3, which is 63 percent lower than the U.S. industry average of 0.8 (based on 2014 data published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics for Engineering Services, North American Industry Classification System Code 541330).
The 2015 employee lost-time (days away and restricted duty cases) incident rate (lost-time incidents per 200,000 hours worked) for CH2M’s global family of companies was 0.13, which is 74 percent lower than the U.S. industry average of 0.5. No CH2M company had any occupational fatalities, whether of employees or subcontractors.
CH2M applies U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping standards in calculating global incident rates.