With the assistance of OECS, our employees have become even more safety conscience than ever before. They give us a safety presentation each month along with assistance we may need anytime. We are a manufacturing company and in 2019, we had ZERO recordable incidents! I believe OECS has assisted us in the great achievement.
OECS has been the backbone to our company’s success for over 20 years. They are a wealth of knowledge, collecting information and experiences from various types of industries into one resource. The safety consultants are bright, dedicated, and up-to-date on all safety rules and regulations. They go the extra mile to advise and educate our company to provide a safe, working environment for all our employees. They put a new spin on repetitious annual safety trainings to inform, engage, and create awareness. There is no one else we would rather work with. These consultants are not just safety consultants; they are part of the Saunders work family. Thank you OECS for keeping our employees safe!
Satellite Shelters’ commitment to safety has endured for decades. We’re proud of this but also realized that in order to get to the next level, we needed the right partner. OECS has worked with us in honoring the culture we’ve already built while bringing a set of experience, tools and passion to help move us even further along. This partnership includes developing and implementing a safety solution that is customized to our business model and people. We’re confident that our safety results and benefits will continue to bear fruit as a result.
The Twin Ports Arrowhead Chapter of NECA partnered with OECS to provide ongoing safety consulting to our member contractors. The program allows members to receive free safety consultations. Our members have utilized these services to create safety plans, navigate OSHA complaints and to host company-wide safety training. In addition our OECS representative has pushed out up-to-date safety related information and resources to our members via email.
Our experience working with OECS, and the feedback from our member contractors, had been overwhelmingly positive.
I am writing this letter in regard to OECS and their work with DuraTech Industries and the overall safety program. OECS has been instrumental in bringing our company’s safety program to the forefront of our overall manufacturing environment. The monthly safety meetings are welcomed by our employees for their overall content and information. The company’s overall commitment to safety is better now than it was prior and I attribute that to OECS and their approach with all of our employees.
OECS Consultants has been our safety partner for several years now, and during this time, we’ve worked together to build a powerful safety culture and make our workplace safer. They’ve always had the safety expertise we’ve needed, proving to be a good investment. We continue to strive to improve safety and create buy-in from our employees. Having OCES onsite, whether on national projects, local onsite project inspections or conducting quarterly workforce meetings, has changed our EMR and solidified our successful partnership in safety!
Partnering with OECS was the best decision we ever made for our safety culture and showing our employees that safety is a priority and something we take very seriously in our workplace.
They do so much to ensure our workers are properly trained to perform their positions in a safe work environment. All employees are responsible for safety and the message comes through loud and clear in the training OECS provides on how employees can make a positive impact in the day to day operation with safe habits and thinking consciously about going home in the same manner in which they arrive.
We would highly recommend OECS and only wish we had found them sooner!
OECS has been a very reliable and professional company delivering (to us) a safety program that not only satisfies the requirements of OSHA but is useful in and outside of work functions. The ability to tailor a portion of the safety content to what we feel is important to our employees is invaluable. Past safety trainings have been repetitive and boring, but OECS has raised the bar significantly by keeping the content fresh, current, informative, and even entertaining. We would recommend OECS to any company that truly puts a value on safety.
We greatly value the engaging, in-person monthly health and safety trainings OECS provides our team as well as the on-site facility audits. Providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees is a top priority for our company. Our company didn’t have personnel who were experts in identifying workplace hazards and remediating these issues. Hiring OECS provided us with this much-needed expertise.
We value their engaging in-person monthly health and safety trainings and on-site facility audits. After each audit they give us an assessment of potential hazards we need to address to prevent accidents in the workplace. OECS works closely with our management team to ensure an OSHA compliant workplace.
Real-World Examples of Safety Success
OECS consultants have provided best-in-class workplace safety services since 1993. Below are detailed case studies that highlight how the OECS team approaches the unique workplace safety and compliance needs of our clients.
A furniture manufacturing company was cited by OSHA, resulting in 38 violations with fines excess of $186,000. The furniture manufacturing company had a dozen employees clean the production floor with solvent. The cleaning solvent vapors overwhelmed the employees. All were sent to the hospital Emergency Room. The hospital called OSHA, which sparked an onsite OSHA compliance inspection.
To compound the problem, OSHA was upset with the company due to the number of repeated violations from an earlier inspection that were not abated. The insurance company was very concerned about the First Reports of Injury regarding the illnesses to the employees that led to apprehension about the facility’s overall safety efforts in controlling loss. In order to settle the issue, OSHA required a safety person. The manufacturer requested OECS to guide the company with its efforts to resolve all the compliance issues.
OECS, Inc. successfully completed all of the required abatement periods mandated by OSHA regulations, allowing the company to stay in operation.
A Midwest company that manufactures metal products (such as shovels and trash cans) incurred both industrial hygiene and safety compliance visits by OSHA enforcement within a two month span. A multitude of difficult issues were cited including lack of written programs such as MNAWAIR, Right-to-Know, Lockout/Tagout and lack of employee safety programs. Machine guarding violations, lockout/tagout implementation, and air testing were also cited. Serious citations totaling thousands of dollars were issued with tight abatement periods.
OSHA visited this facility based on an established industry “target list” which included metal fabrication. This means that the company’s individual injury experience was not the reason for the visit; rather, the industry as a whole was targeted due to the high rate of injury across that specific industry, regardless of a particular company.
Safety programs and written documents were mostly obsolete, generic templates that needed to be replaced. Required training needed to be completed on the cited topics identified during the OSHA visit. OECS was hired to initially attend the OSHA informal conference with company’s top management. Through informal conference negotiations, OECS recommended and secured the 75/25 plan. If the company was able to reduce their injury rate by 25%, OSHA would forgo the remaining 75% of the penalty.
The challenge to OECS was developing written safety programs to meet the OSHA regulations, developing safety procedures, conducting safety training, and addressing physical safety issues within abatement time frames as agreed to with OSHA.
At the same time, the company was shopping for insurance. The insurance carriers wanted the company loss issues addressed or anticipated substantial higher premiums. Loss issues included strain/sprain injuries, hand injuries, and guarding issues.
After the company received the citation, OECS completed the OSHA citation items within the required abatement deadlines, turned around the strain/sprain injuries, and corrected all of the serious guarding issues. The positive outcome is the company received favorable quotes from the insurance carriers. Secondly, they reduced their injuries by 25%, which resulted in saving 75% of the remaining penalty assessment. Third, OECS discovered even more serious guarding and industrial hygiene issues that were missed by the OSHA Inspector. OECS abated these new discovered hazards and violations, thus preventing injuries and additional OSHA fines.