With over 125 years of experience our safety programs are designed to address the critical risks our employees encounter and keep them safe. Our key safety programs are outlined below.
In 2011, Boart Longyear launched a world-class safety campaign aimed at increasing the safety culture with employees. The THINK safety program instills in staff to never make any task menial and to always “THINK” before they act.
THINK is an acronym for:
Take the time
Identify the risk
Necessary controls applied
Keep safety first
Every employee is asked to sign a Make it Personal pocket card and add a picture of why they stay safe. The inside of this folding card contains two sections; “Why I’m Working Safely Today” and a commitment to safety. In the commitment section the supervisor commits to providing a safe work environment, the employee commits to follow EHS programs and standards. In the “Why I’m working safely today” section employees place a picture of someone or something important to them, such as their spouse, family, significant other, a hobby, favorite activity, or prized possession. This picture should serve as a reminder of what’s most important in their life, and why they work safely.
Management interactions are an important factor in driving the importance of safety and the presentation of the card to each employee is a great opportunity for the employee and the supervisor to commit to going beyond the numbers and making safety personal.
Within the Make It Personal cards is a section on Stop Work Authority that authorizes employees to immediately stop any work that does not comply with safety standards. The Stop Work Authority program ensures that employees will not be punished or reprimanded for doing so.
The Golden Rules of Safety address critical risks that Boart Longyear employees face every day. Each Golden Rule is built with an accountability statement that each employee must commit to in every task.
One of the most significant fatal risks Boart Longyear employees encounter is as a driver or passenger in a vehicle. Boart Longyear’s Rules of the Road define driving-related behaviors which influence road safety. Employees are held accountable for compliance with these rules when on company business.
The EHS Management System centers on a risk-based evaluation of business activities directed at mitigating or eliminating risk in Drilling Services, Global Supply Chain (Manufacturing), Products Group and Corporate operations within Boart Longyear. The management system is applied through the comprehensive review of business activity risk and implementation of corporate EHS Standards in compliance with legal requirements and the Corporate EHS Policy. This document has been significantly streamlined to facilitate each business’ review of applicable risk, application of a minimized yet comprehensive set of corporate EHS standards, and implementation of local controls appropriate to the business. This EHSMS applies to all employees of Boart Longyear, as well as visitors and contractors working on Boart Longyear sites or facilities.
The ability to monitor, trend and evaluate all Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) incidents throughout Boart Longyear’s global operational footprint is a critical component of our EHS management system. Our Global EHS Information Management System (GEMS) is a web-based program that captures data relating to injuries, motor vehicle incidents, equipment damage, environmental impacts, and other safety-related incidents.
GEMS quickly disseminates key EHS information on a global scale. It does this via instant e-mail notifications for events entered into the system and distributes a variety of customized daily and monthly summary reports. GEMS has instilled a global consistency throughout Boart Longyear’s EHS programs and allows us to deliver a “One Boart Longyear” effort to our clients. We can now avoid EHS incidents in Chile based on response to incidents at other global operations, such as from trends that are happening in Russia, Canada, or Indonesia. Our GEMS system allows us to recognize, evaluate, and control hazards arising in our workforce.
In-vehicle monitoring is a control which has been implemented for high risk applications where commute distances are long and/or where risk is elevated. IVMS is a global platform which employs telematics to monitor vehicle operation and driver behaviors in real time with instant coaching, communication, and analytics. All of these contribute to improve driver performance, efficiency, and safety. Boart Longyear has incorporated IVMS technology in a substantial portion of our global fleet and is working to expand coverage.