MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
“All personnel have the responsibility of supporting and assisting the GCS Energy Services Ltd. safety program. Workers shall take all necessary precautions for the safety of themselves, fellow workers, company property, and the general public. It is the company’s belief that all accidents and injuries are preventable with the proper planning and safety precautions. Our aim is to have an incident free workplace. Doing work without proper planning is unacceptable. No job is so urgent that it cannot be done without proper care and attention”.
Greg Schmidt, President
Here at GCS, safety is not an obligation—it’s a way of life.
A collective and positive safety culture is the driving force behind our success. Our safety programs are constantly evolving to maintain a level above industry standard, but it is the buy in from every worker that joins our team, that sets us apart. Employees are provided with the necessary training to ensure each worker possesses the skills and knowledge to do the task competently and safely.
We keep the culture alive with regular safety meetings; the use of daily Field Level Hazard Assessments (FLHAs); continuous and recorded use of Hazard Identification Cards; an impressive and up to date safety database; safety tracking and reporting; an active Safety Committee built by workers, for the workers; buy in from all levels of experience and industry training; and a rewarding safety recognition program; all backed by our Director of Safety and team, who are passionate about exceeding safety guidelines and expectations, and fostering a safe work place. We are a family and we rely on one another to bring us all home safe, at the end of the day.
Our workers are responsible for supporting the GCS safety program. We aim to have an accident free workplace. Injuries are preventable with strict adherence to all the company rules outlined in the Corporate Policies manual:
- Everyone has the obligation and responsibility to refuse unsafe work.
- Everyone must wear the proper personal protective equipment for the task at hand.
- Incidents, injuries, and near misses, regardless of severity, must be reported to the acting supervisor and safety representative immediately.
- Theft, vandalism, the misuse of any equipment, any form of violence and harassment, horseplay, and the possession of firearms are prohibited within the company.
- Consuming, being under the influence, possession or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs on company sites or in company vehicles, is prohibited.
- All work shall be carried out in accordance with appropriate policies, safe work practices, procedures, and the supervisors’ direction.
- Only tools in good working condition, with proper guards and safety guards furnished by the manufacturer, shall be used.
- Only employees with valid operator’s licenses and direct permission of the acting supervisor shall operate company vehicles at any time.
- Equipment and power tools shall be operated only by competent and authorized personnel.
- No person shall ride in any equipment unless it is specifically designed to carry riders (seat and seatbelt supplied and used).
- Smoking will only be allowed in designated areas. Strike anywhere matches and single action lighters are prohibited.
- Seatbelts must be used when required.
- Spotters must be used where requested. Workers will follow the spotter’s direction.
Disciplinary action will be taken for noncompliance with any of these rules.
Workers in Canada have Three Basic Rights
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) describes three basic rights that apply to all people of Canada. GCS makes a conscious effort to ensure its workers are aware and confident in their ability to exercise these rights:
Right to Know
You have the right to know what hazards are present in the workplace, and be given the information, training, and supervision you need to protect yourself.
Right to Participate
You have the right to participate in keeping your workplace healthy and safe, which may include selecting or being a health and safety representative or committee member. You also have a right to report unsafe conditions and practices.
Right to Refuse
You can refuse work that you believe to be dangerous to yourself or your coworkers. When you exercise your right to refuse work, you must follow the proper procedure.
Visit www.ccohs.ca to learn more