Safety Best Practices
- Hard Hats — Company-approved hard hats shall be worn on all job sites, yards, plant sites and equipment with open roll-over protective structures. Hard hats are not required in office areas, on-road vehicles or equipment with enclosed cabs.
- Eye and Face Protection — Safety glasses, goggles, face shields or other suitable protective devices shall be worn when machines or operations present potential eye or face injury. This would include, but is not limited to, working with or working in the vicinity of pouring concrete, hot asphalt, power tools, welding or cutting, compressed air or servicing equipment.
- Hearing Protection — Hearing protection and enrollment in a hearing conservation program are required when employees are exposed to 85 dBA over an 8-hour time-weighted average. A variety of hearing protectors shall be made available to employees.
- Hand Protection — Appropriate hand protection shall be worn when there is a risk of exposure to harmful substances, punctures, severe abrasions, lacerations or cuts, chemical or thermal burns, high voltage, vibration, temperature extremes or infectious biological agents.
- High-Visibility Colored Safety Apparel — High-visibility, fluorescent-colored safety apparel shall be worn whenever employees are working on foot and exposed to mobile equipment or vehicular traffic. High-visibility colored safety apparel must contain retroreflective material when working after dark or in poor lighting conditions. All high-visibility colored safety apparel must be inspected regularly to ensure that color has not faded and that retroreflective properties have not been lost.
- Foot Protection — Sturdy work boots that come above the ankle are required at all job sites, yards and plants. Steel-toe boots shall be worn where employees are exposed to foot injury from falling objects or from crushing actions. This would include, but is not limited to, work involving pipe and concrete structures. Steel-toe boots shall be worn at all MSHA mines and plants. Where employees are required to work in abnormally wet conditions, appropriate foot protection is required. Tennis shoes, dress shoes or open-toed shoes shall not to be worn at job sites, yards or plants.
- Clothing — Appropriate clothing shall be required for the duties being performed. Long pants, shirt and work boots are the minimum requirements. Tank tops, shorts, sweatpants and tennis shoes shall not be worn on the job site, yards or plant areas.
- Seat Belts — Seat belts shall be properly worn by the operator and all passengers in company vehicles and equipment.
- Daytime Running Lights — All vehicles and equipment shall be operated with lights on, night and day.
- Cell Phones — Personal cell phone use while on the job is restricted to breaks and meal periods. The use of company-owned/issued cell phones shall be limited to the minimum required to conduct necessary business.
- Drug & Alcohol Testing — Pre-employment, random and post-accident drug testing is required of all employees. Reasonable suspicion testing is to be conducted when warranted.