AIMS Safety Process & Programs
Celebration of Safety
At AIMS, safety is our number one priority. We are focused on providing a safe environment for all personnel in every aspect of the workplace. We believe all accidents can be prevented and safety is an integral part of everyone’s job. Our management, field employees, and associates are responsible for always demonstrating safety leadership, providing a safe work environment and promoting safety as a core value.
Providing a safe working environment is accomplished through continued education from a senior leadership level as well as applying knowledge gained through field experiences. Upon hire, all employees go through extensive classroom and hands-on field training before acquiring certification to work on field service teams. This training includes information specific to EPA, OSHA and MSHA standards and regulations.
Several team members receive NASSCO training and certification. All team members receive MSHA part 48 and part 46 training prior to working at a mine site. All operators receive training on the specific equipment they are authorized to operate and hold 5000-23 certificates for related equipment.
AIMS Core Safety Values
- All accidents are preventable.
- All injuries are preventable.
- Working safely is the primary component of a successful job.
- Employees are accountable for the safety of themselves and their co-workers.
- All operating exposures can be safeguarded.
- Training employees to work safely is essential.
- Injury and illness prevention has a direct impact on employee morale, productivity, company earnings, and customer satisfaction.
- Recognizing safe behaviors fosters better understanding of our policies, philosophy, and practices.
- Embrace safety as a value that is quiet, transparent, integrated, and equal.
- AIMS builds our contribution to safety improvement across our industry by sharing best practices and lessons learned throughout our divisions.
- We recognize that the journey to operational excellence never ends, even when incident free operations is achieved.
- Improvements to our safety culture must continuously evolve.
- AIMS is in full compliance with all federal and state safety regulations.
- Our safety programs and procedures are designed to meet or exceed required regulations.
Safety Process Tools and Programs
Internal safety and environmental Audits (ISEA)
AIMS uses internal safety and environmental audits to review and confirm safety compliance. We measure specific components of policies, procedures, plans, and external regulations. All levels of field supervision are responsible for auditing and recognizing areas of opportunity for improvement.
Validation and Verification (VV)
AIMS uses the validation and verification process to identify gaps in training, process knowledge, and safety policies and procedures throughout our workforce. We track all training anniversaries with a calendar-based computer software.
Motor Vehicle Safety (MVS)
AIMS has established training programs for the different types of equipment used in our industry. This allows us to provide our equipment operators with the most up-to-date defensive driving techniques and safe operation education available. We utilize the “Driver Safety-Defensive Driving” program to educate our workforce on safe driving habits and best practices.
Daily Tailgate Meetings (TGM)
AIMS teams conduct daily tailgate meetings discussing the day’s work task(s) and the safety expectations. The tailgate safety meetings are interactive and review predictive challenges of the daily task as well as review past incidents and discuss ways to mitigate the hazards and move forward safely.
Job Safety Analysis/Worksite Examination Procedure (JSA/WEP)
AIMS involves all employees in the Job Safety Analysis/Worksite Examination Procedure prior to beginning work. The JSA/WEP provides the opportunity for each employee to plan, discuss, and identify hazards associated with each work task. Hazard mitigation is then used to remove the potential hazard. All AIMS employees have “stop-work” authority. We train our employees to recognize and mitigate hazards before harm is done. AIMS employees are focused on hazard recognition from arrival at the work site through completion of the work task.
We believe in measuring our processes and procedures to ensure progress towards our goals of constantly improving the safety of our work environments. Measuring and tracking our progress is one important aspect of managing our work operations. Without measures, processes cannot be sustained and/or improved. Our safety performance has consistently improved in recent years. Our EMR is currently at 0.93 and has shown a decrease in safety incidents for each of the last five years.
Incident, Accident, or Injury Reporting
AIMS employees are trained to respond and report an incident, accident, or injury immediately to their supervisor and the safety manager. All supervisors have received training in First Aid and CPR. AIMS will immediately provide the best and most appropriate medical treatment for our employees, including arranging for transport to a medical facility.