EXPERIENCES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Over the last 20 years, Safety Advantage has worked with more than 500 employers — either to help create and establish safety programs “from scratch,” or to supplement and refine existing programs. We have also served as “safety director” for more than 100 private and public sector Clients throughout the United States.
Our Clients range from businesses with less than 25 employees to nationally-known companies including major oil companies to pizza franchises. We have also provided safety technicians to several large construction projects.
Safety Advantage has developed and implemented safety and health programs for a range of businesses and workplaces, including: light and heavy manufacturing facilities; forging operations; galvanizing and anodizing plants; lumber mills; concrete casting operations; metal fabrication shops; pipeline service and oil field operations; construction companies and subcontractors in a variety of skills.
We provide safety programs for: service and retail businesses; food service and processing operations; restaurants; medical and dental offices, hospitals, nursing homes and home health companies; cities, counties and school districts; trade associations and professional employer organizations.
Safety Advantage has helped employers develop initial safety and health programs for new facilities and “start-up” operations (printing plants, metal components manufacturing, warehouse and loading docks operations).
We have assisted employers who already have substantial and comprehensive safety programs in place to develop specialized, site-specific programs (lockout and tagout, forklift operator training and certification, fall protection, respiratory protection, excavation safety, procedures for the proper selection and use of personal protective equipment, crane and hoist safety, mobile crane operations).
Jim Giles, Safety Advantage’s project director and a founder of the company, worked with teams of safety and industrial hygiene professionals to develop Client-specific programs that have evolved into formats and templates applicable to a range of workplaces and behavioral safety applications.
“Too often, safety professionals leave employers feeling like safety has to be as complicated and hard to understand as most OSHA regulations,” says Giles. “But the fact is that OSHA rules — while essential as a blueprint for safety and health planning — won’t get you very far unless individual Employees and Supervisors understand and buy into the programs on a personal level. Safety has to make sense.”
TEAMWORK SAFETY is another concept integrated into Safety Advantage’s program development and training. Companies need everyone focusing on safety, hazard recognition and accident prevention as part of every job, every hour of the day, on each and every shift.
Peers must encourage peers. Additionally, Supervisors must be point persons and attitude leaders regarding safety and accident prevention. This is why safety committees must act as SAFETY TEAMS, and why SAFETY TEAMWORK must go beyond any single safety committee’s activities.”
SAFETY is the key word, pure and simple.
Safety Advantage’s role is to help identify specific hazards, situations and needs, then recommend practical steps toward solution. A major part of our job is to support the Client’s in-house activities for ongoing implementation and constant improvement in the workplace safety environment.
Our Training Center and on-site classes provide an array of workshops and specialized instruction. Employee and supervisor training are offered in subjects such as CPR and First Aid; OSHA’s mandatory Hazard Communications training about chemicals used in the workplace; proper selection and use of personal protective equipment; electrical and fire safety; bloodborne pathogens; and a list of other basic awareness-level classes.
We also present customized training and competent person workshops in topics such as lockout/tagout for authorized persons; fall protection; confined space entry; confined space rescue; excavation safety (trenching and shoring); plus, operator classes in safe forklift or aerial lift operations.
CLIENT NEEDS are always our first concern.
Regardless of how technically strong a professional safety program may be, if it does not work in the Client’s organization, it is a waste of time and money. There are many ways to solve safety problems. Our focus is to make the solution simple and workable for each Client.
We listen. We look. We respond.