Our commitment to engineering excellence is matched only by our company-wide focus on safety. This commitment is important to every Raba Kistner employee, to our vendors and partners, and to our clients. Our Safety Program, driven by three basic processes — EMPLOYEE TRAINING, SAFETY MEASUREMENTS and CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT — is designed to meet the needs of our regular business and yet flexible to address the changing needs of the companies and organizations with which we do business.
Raba Kistner has an employee-led, continuous improvement program that we call “The Road to Excellence: Let’s Do It Together.” At the heart of the campaign are the safety efforts developed and led by our employees. This cooperative effort continues to improve the Raba Kistner Safety Program process, helping to keep our organization a safe place to work.We are members of ISNET World (isnet.com) which maintains current and accurate information about our company’s safety program.
Training is the key to keeping our entire workforce continuously focused on safety habits, procedures and goals. Whether an employee works in an office, a lab, or in the field, appropriate safety training is required. Our safety training includes a New Employee Program which can vary from 4 hours for an office employee to 16 hours for field personnel. Refresher training for existing employees in equally important. On average, employees have 4 hours of additional safety training each year, while field personnel are required to take an additional 8 hours.
Our Health and Safety Manual identifies more than 30 training programs that provide employees the necessary guidance, standards and procedures needed to perform their jobs. Examples of just some of these safety programs include:
Supervisors are required to conduct Weekly Safety Discussions within their group and Monthly Employee Safety Discussions are held by Health & Safety Officers at each of our offices. Many of our clients conduct on-site daily Safety Tool Box meetings that all employees, including Raba Kistner staff, are required to attend.
Our Behavior-Based Safety Program encourages employees to watch out for each other while seeking ways to improve our safety. All employees are expected to be proactive in their awareness of safety issues and to take measures to correct and notify Health & Safety Officers of any problem. In addition, our Short Service Employee Program recognizes that the potential of injury for new employees is greater; therefore, seasoned employees are assigned to work with them to keep them injury free while they are learning our safety procedures.