International Certification Demonstrates Flatiron Construction’s Commitment to Safety
We all know that Flatiron Construction‘s dedication to safety is second to none, and now we have the paperwork to prove it. Following an application and audit process, Flatiron’s safety program recently received Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001:2007 certification.
OHSAS 18001:2007 is a worldwide standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The certification provides a framework for effective safety management and legislative compliance. Flatiron is one of only a handful of American contractors to receive the certification.
“Being certified means we have demonstrated that our safety and health processes are among the best, as measured against an internationally recognized standard for safety and health excellence,” said Damon Speyer, safety training manager.
Flatiron’s road to certification began with an application and proceeded through the Phase 1 audit, which reviewed the development and communication of our policies and procedures, and the Phase 2 audit, which reviewed how well we are implementing our policies and procedures at the project level.
Auditors visited the Bay Area Rapid Transit Oakland Airport Connector and Calaveras Dam Replacement projects in California. The independent auditor identified Flatiron’s hazard assessment procedure as our program’s greatest strength.
“The auditor was impressed by how our standard operating procedure, job hazard analysis and daily risk assessment process was implemented on each project,” Damon said. “He noted that the DRA was an excellent tool to share hazard information with crews and also noticed that the DRA allows management to get feedback on our hazard assessment process from everyone on site.”
As a result of our certification, Flatiron Construction will actively audit our safety and health processes on each project. In addition to performing these internal audits, we will also submit to third-party maintenance audits to keep our certification current.