At Quality Air we value team member safety equally with our premier productivity and quality. In 2001, Quality Air embarked on an aggressive safety program meeting the challenge to create a premier safety program that protects our employees’ well being and minimizes team member and company costs associated with safety incidents. In this effort we implemented the following.
Safety Attitude, PPE, Ladders, Ariel Lifts, Scaffolding, Fall Protection, Lift Trucks, Articulating Boom Vehicles, Leadership, Asbestos Awareness, Defensive Driving, Confined Space Entry, Excavations and Trenches, Welding and Compressed Gases, Material Handling, Hazard Communication, Bloodbourne Pathogens, Lock Out Tag Out, Electricity, Pressure Testing and more
Our Comfort Systems USA Safety Team developed in house training called High Impact Training for Safety (HITS). This program follows the standards as outlined for completing OSHA 10-Hour training and is required of all team members every three years covering most of the topics listed above. The program, when taught by an approved OSHA trainer meets all the requirements to receive the OSHA 10 Hour card. This training was also developed with and approved by NCCER.
We continue to build a safety culture as an integrated part of how we do business. Our field team has learned to expect safe work behavior from themselves and their work mates. These efforts have had a dramatic effect on our overall safety record. Our OSHA incident rate has dropped from a high of 18.6 in 2000 to a record low of 1.39 in 2011 followed by 1.68 in 2012.
Quality Air has been honored with several awards for our safety program and excellent results. Listed below are a few highlights of our recognized success.