Friday, March 29, 2019

5-Minute Morning Safety Huddles!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Most of you are about to start working this morning and you might have a lot on your plate.  We all have a lot of stuff going on in our lives both at home in our personal lives and in our work lives.  IDI is busy.  When we are busy, we all have added risk and this risk is controllable by planning, caring and looking out for each other.  We have a required procedure in place called the 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddle.  This safety huddle is all about you!  It is about helping to ensure that each of us lives up to our safety mission statement - "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" The 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddles are a vital part of our safety culture and maybe even more vital when we are busy.  Performing a solid safety huddle at the beginning of your work shift will help to start the day on the right foot with safety.  The safety huddle is to get everybody on the same page with safety so we are proactive and not being reactive.  The safety huddle is only as good as you make it.  The safety huddles should be lead by our Safety Advocates and lead field supervisors, however, we need all employees engaged, involved and giving input.  You should be discussing any job site hazards that anyone has identified and discussing means & methods that we can implement to eliminate or reduce the hazards to an acceptable level or risk.  The safety huddle shall include a task hazard analysis.  The employees shall plan their tasks for the day, discuss the hazards of the tasks and what measures you are taking to prevent injury or health hazards due to the tasks and conditions.  Examples are; what equipment and materials will be needed to perform the task safely, how to use the equipment safely, PPE to be worn, inspecting electrical cords, inspecting equipment, using safety rails on scaffolds when required, locking scaffold wheels, safe ladder usage, fall protection planning, guards in place on saws and tools that require them, reporting open holes/trenches in the floor, overhead hazards, struck by hazards, etc.

Make today's morning safety huddle count!

Have a Safe Day!

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