The word “safe” is way of life that all our employees live and breathe at at TMS. We are dedicated to being better than the highest standards of safety in the industry. This requires the incorporation of world-class techniques for safe work practices and innovation and commitment in our methods.
TMS managers, superintendents and craftspeople are training in the following manner:
- Weekly safety meetings
- Daily tool-box meetings
- OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour training
- NCMS/PEC Premier safety training for oil and gas industry
- Site-specific safety training for all plants
- 9-point drug and alcohol screening for new hires, for cause and company-wide random testing
- TMS also performs audits and inspections on tools, equipment and craft work practices.
TMS managers and superintendents are also trained in behavioral based safety methods (BBS), an area where we have been innovative in our approach toward safety. Standard behavioral based safety programs are based upon auditing employees’ work practices and pointing out at-risk behaviors and better methods. While this is effective, it is a passive approach. We apply the same concepts, but instead conduct BBS Training with a technique called “Job Mentoring Safety” or JMS, an active or “mentoring” approach where job supervisors work alongside the craftspeople and demonstrate the correct methods.
The added benefits of Job Mentoring Safety over standard BBS are as follows:
- The craftspeople see the approach as, “Do as I do, not just what I say.”
- JMS is not a program. JMS is a tool on the job, used on the job. Every job.
- TMS leaders on the job understand one of the largest factors in behavioral accidents … job fatigue. Learn the importance of this factor.
- Most company BBS programs require conscription. JMS is a live technique and does not require a form or other conscription methods. Conscription methods tend to “pencil-whip” the program so that a supervisor can satisfy their manager’s requirements of observation quotas.
- BBS programs typically require observation data and bar-charts to reinforce that the program is effective. Low or no injuries are the data TMS uses to prove the effectiveness of JMS.
- Safe work practices eventually become second nature to employees. As JMS has gone forward, TMS employees mentor each other without a supervisor’s input. The program has become self-perpetuating without quotas. This is the goal of any program or method and this one works.