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Utility Service and Safety

We work in a dangerous environment and recognize that safety is critical to our success and to the well being of our employees.
For these reasons the Utility Service safety program is top priority for senior management. 

Prior to commencing work, all employees climbing tanks while performing their duties are required both to attend a comprehensive
ten hour annual OSHA training program and to pass thorough examinations on the following topics:

  • Confined Space
  • CPR Techniques
  • Noise Protection
  • Vehicle Safety
  • First Aid
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Working over Water
  • Lead Exposure 
  • Electrical Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Radio Frequency Safety
  • Toxic Metal Health Hazards
  • Hazard Communications

In addition to this training, we deploy PureSafety, a revolutionary online training solution that delivers engaging,
interactive Health & Safety compliance-based courses via the Internet.

Our Services Stress Safety

  • Inspections, washouts, disinfections
  • Compliance with C652, NFPA 22 and 25 Standards for Industrial Tanks
  • Safety accessories and security upgrades
  • Painting and repairs, lead abatement and containment
  • Products and services to assist with water quality management
  • Emergency services
  • Tank decommissioning and removal
  • Professional engineering services for long term management and planning

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Health and Safety Policy Statement

Utility Service employees are the company’s most important asset. Utility Service will not compromise the health and safety of its employees, consultants, contractors, subcontractors or visitors at any of our facilities.

It is our objective to operate our business responsibly, to provide our employees with the proper tools, equipment and training to enable them to perform their jobs safely and efficiently, and to maintain a healthy work environment. We want our facilities to be places that encourage and support our employees to be their best. In return, we expect our employees to perform their jobs productively, conforming with all safety rules and regulations, and mindful of their obligation both to themselves and to their fellow employees to minimize the opportunities for injury or illness.

An effective health and safety program rests on the mutual reliance of the employee and employer to do those things which eliminate or minimize the risk of injury or illness. No employee, manager, consultant, subcontractor or visitor at any of our facilities has the authority to require an individual to complete a task at the expense of safe work practices.

The policies, procedures and practices in the Health and Safety Manual clearly define the company’s safety program. The Health and Safety Manual serves as a written reference document governing the health and safety aspects of Utility Service. It is incumbent on each Utility Service employee to read, understand and follow the policies and procedures set forth in the manual.

We shall take the time to know and understand each job, especially the hazards and controls, and we shall be equipped to deal with them.  We encourage everyone to work within safety rules and regulations. We shall make the workplace a safe and healthy environment.

Safety Plans, Audits and Results

A Safety Plan, developed by the Health and Safety Manager, outlines safety improvements and defines action items for success. A Safety Action Log tracks quarterly progress.

The Health and Safety Manager conducts quarterly safety inspections and detailed annual audits to inspect and check our facilities and work practices.  Safety audits conducted at the job site extend to all crews on a continuing basis with the company’s safety performance goals versus measured results reflected in compensation during performance reviews.  These goals are very aggressive, and the results measure significantly better than the industry average.  As a result, the company’s recent lost time accidents are at a standard setting low of 31% below the industry average.

Issues resulting from inspections and audits are resolved with appropriate and timely actions.  These issues, their respective corrective actions, and potential safety issues are reported to management and re-emphasized during subsequent training.  Additionally, SUEZ, our parent company conducts a yearly review of our safety management program.  Local management implements safety improvements with assistance from the Health & Safety Manager.

Utility Service and SUEZ on the Environment and Sustainable Development

In fields where its expertise allows it to act legitimately and effectively, SUEZ intends to behave as a responsible enterprise. The Group is focused on progress, by using a structured approach that covers the full scope of its activities.

Sustainable Development challenges... SUEZ contributes to a future of green and sustainable growth, showing more respect for humans and the planet.

The Group's sustainable development policy... SUEZ has made its sustainable development policy a full-fledged governance tool in its own right.

Reporting and performance... SUEZ has structured its sustainable development policy by defining environmental performance indicators.

For more information on SUEZ and Sustainable Development click here...