EA’s employees are our most important resource and protecting them is our greatest responsibility. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees and contractors. Meeting this objective requires the sustained commitment of each employee to create and maintain an injury free, environmentally safe workplace. Strict adherence to EA’s established safety and health policies and practices is essential to reach this objective.
EA is committed to providing the resources and tools necessary to ensure that employees are capable of fulfilling their safety and health responsibilities. In addition, if an employee believes an unsafe condition exists, he/she is empowered to suspend or stop work pending resolution of the condition by appropriate members of supervision and/or management.
EA considers the safety and health of our employees, clients, and visitors, and the prevention of work-related accidents and illnesses and property loss, to be of the highest priority. Proactively implemented, EA’s comprehensive and systematic safety and health program has resulted in more efficient and more effective operations by improving employee health and morale, and by reducing workers’ compensation costs, lost time, fire and liability insurance premiums, and property damage.
EA maintains an established Safety and Health Program Manual and Construction Operations Program Manual that are used in conjunction with site-specific safety and health plans for all of our projects.
Our employees are fully trained for hazardous waste operations; munitions response; confined space entry; activities requiring up to and including Level A (supplied air) personal protective equipment; asbestos, lead-based paint, and mold assessment and abatement monitoring; and a variety of construction and remediation hazards. Field team leaders are also fully trained in CPR and first aid.
At EA, safety will always be our number one priority on all job sites. This commitment to safety is illustrated by our 2019 Experience Modification Rate of 0.66–our lowest in 15 years. In the last decade, EA’s hours worked have steadily increased from approximately three-quarters of a million to over one million hours annually. As a result of our growth, we have implemented expanded requirements such as a client-driven random drug testing program; increased 30-hour OSHA Construction Safety training; and development of project-specific programs that address unique hazards including rail, unexploded ordinance,boating, and abandoned mine safety training. We take the safety of our employees and our subcontractors very seriously, and ensure that EA’s commitment to continuous improvement is carried over into our Safety Management System as we identify new client requirements and expand our service lines.
—Pete Garger, CIH, CSP, Director of Health and Safety