Terracon is committed to building a positive health, safety and environment culture. We are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients, sub-contractors, visitors and all those affected by our activities. Terracon's goals and objectives work through employee and client engagement to minimize losses involving people, equipment, materials and the environment. In addition to complying with all governing legislation and regulations, we rigorously apply an HSE management system and quality management system in order to continually enhance safe and healthy working conditions and to eliminate hazards. A positive health and safety culture reduces risks to people, the environment, equipment, and production.
Terracon recognizes environmental protection as a guiding principle and key component of sound business performance. Terracon operations will meet all relevant Federal, Provincial and Municipal legislation and when feasible will strive to exceed these requirements. Environmental performance will be continuously improved through regular review of policy and procedures.
Terracon will be a leader in environmental stewardship through 1) Integration of potential environmental impacts or concerns in decision making processes, 2) Employee training in environmental awareness and management, 3) Identification and separation of waste streams to maximize recycling of materials and minimize release to landfill, 3) Conservation of resources including water, energy and fuel, 4) Purchase of materials relevant to life cycle, disposal requirements, recycling or reuse options, 5) Reporting of conditions, near misses or incidents with the potential for environmental impacts (i.e. spills), 6) Environmental incident investigation and immediate remedial actions.
All owners, managers, supervisors, workers and sub-contractors or Terracon are responsible to minimize health and safety risks through the systematic application of best loss management practices in the operation of Terracon's projects.
Lee Nichols, President
At Terracon, safety is much more than a core value, it’s a way of life. From senior management to the newest member of the Terracon team, employees live and breathe a culture of safety that has truly made them leaders in their field. Terracon has worked hard to foster a culture of safety comprised of two primary elements – attitude and habits – predicated upon a solid foundation of knowledge. “The right attitude towards safety is something you develop and carry with you all the time, at home and on the job,” says Lee Nichols, founder and president of Terracon. This attitude has become a state of mind at Terracon that starts with senior management and carries throughout the organization. In turn, this encourages and cultivates the right attitude, habits and behaviors of all employees.
The primary focus of HSE is to protect the health and safety of employees, subcontractors, clients and the environment in which they live and work. Terracon believes that “all accidents are preventable” and strives to achieve zero Lost Time Accidents (LTA) – Nobody Gets Hurt.
Terracon’s Quality Management System (QMS) provides the architecture necessary to shape the kind of attitude, habits and behaviors that are characteristic of a culture of safety, quality and professionalism. A strategic system of structures, processes and procedures, the QMS also sets out the essential safety protocols giving employees the tools they need – job descriptions, safe work procedures, and job hazard analyses – to keep them safe on the job.
“An effective QMS is not a static system”, says Lee Nichols, founder and president of Terracon. “To continue to be the best, we must work diligently on an ongoing basis to enhance its usability, productivity, relevancy and efficiency in the best interest of all of our stakeholders”.
Each and every employee must understand that he/she is ultimately responsible for their own safety. Management takes the position, “if you can’t perform the job safely, don’t do it”. In accordance with OH&S code, Terracon employees have the obligation to refuse work if they perceive it to be unsafe. All of these measures go a long way towards building a strong safety culture and ensuring that the company achieves zero LTI.