Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

ARB Health and Safety

Safety is a core value at ARB. It is more than a policy manual or list of do's and don'ts. At ARB, our health and safety management system is designed to promote a culture of caring, well-being and continual improvement.

Our Management Approach

We believe balancing the need of global development with the well-being of our employees, clients, suppliers, subcontractors, communities, and the environment is critical to the long term success of our business. We strive to successfully execute complex projects in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Stakeholder Engagement

We engage regularly with our employees, customers, and suppliers as part of our everyday health, safety and environmental operations, at our jobsites, our fabrication facilities, our equipment yards, and office locations. When specific HSE issues arise, we evaluate any hazards, specify mitigation measures and identify all of our supervisors, clients, and other affected stakeholders. Our employees are encouraged to participate in safety committees, job hazard analysis, risk assessment and mitigation.

Health and Safety

Our health and safety statistics represent real people—our employees who are responsible for our success. Managing health and safety issues to the lowest possible risk level is an essential part our strategy, a core value, and integral to the way we do business. We strive to follow best-in-class health and safety principals and processes in all of our operations. To learn more go to: http://www.arbinc.com/safety

Health and Safety Performance

ARB continued to sustain a strong safety record in 2014. We are in process of developing and implementing our Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) based on ANSI-Z10 Standards.

Environmental Performance

For the seventh consecutive year since ARB started to track environmental performance data in 2008, we have not received any Notice of Violation for environmental issues resulting in monetary or other sanctions of non-compliance. In addition, ARB had no significant spill since we start monitoring in 2008.

Our Carbon Footprint

ARB established its carbon footprint for Scope 1 and 2 in 2008 and used 2009 as the baseline for our offices, and off-road equipment used on jobsites. Due to challenges associated with data collection, we did not include our vehicle fleets GHG emissions into our calculations until 2013. The increased in carbon footprint starting in 2013 is direct result of adding vehicle fleet GHG emissions to our calculations. We have yet to include scope 3 GHG emissions in our calculations.

The number and type of projects ARB builds each year influences our total GHG emissions. As our business grows, the company's GHG emissions increases, when business degrease, the company's GHG emissions decreases. In addition to reporting our "absolute GHG emissions”, we "normalize GHG emissions” by revenue and man hours worked (See Chart "Carbon Footprint Normalized by Revenue, and by Man-hours). Once normalized the effects of our efforts in reducing GHG emission is revealed.

We follow, and use the World Resource Institute (WRI) calculators for our inventory, and measuring carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) as the quantification metric. We continue to identify appropriate ways to reduce our carbon foot print through project execution improvements, energy efficiencies, construction methods, people behavior, fuel and engine types, recycling, and conservation efforts. (See Chart "absolute GHG emission” below)






       


      

                                                  

                                               

                                                 

Employee Engagement

ARB communicate environmental policies, practices, and expectations to all its employees and suppliers. Our Health Safety and Environmental policy is consistently incorporated into project specific execution plans and employees are engaged through comprehensive training programs. The training ensures that all employees, suppliers and subcontractors understand what the expectations are and the methods of achieving them. We monitor and measure our performance and provide feedback to the project for continual improvement.

Environmental Education

Environmental education programs are available to employees, suppliers and customers. We ensure that any person performing tasks for ARB or on its behalf, are aware that there is always the potential to cause environmental impact(s) because of our activities. These impacts are identified by the appropriate organization and any involved and responsible persons are expected to become competent on the basis of education, training and experience.

We continually identify training needs associated with our environmental aspects and our environmental management system and we establish procedures and training programs to make persons working for us or on our behalf aware of:

  • Importance of conformity with the environmental policy and procedures and with the requirements of the environmental management system
  • Significant environmental aspects and related actual or potential impacts associated with their work, and the environmental benefits of improved personal performance
  • Their roles and responsibilities in achieving conformity with the requirements of the environmental management system
  • Potential consequences of departure from specified procedures.

For each job site, training is provided to project managers, field engineers, superintendents and foreman to ensure that onsite management is qualified to implement, monitor and maintain environmental protection policies. The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring that subcontractors are aware of ARB's environmental policies and procedures.

In addition: All staff is given Spill Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Training. Staff at sensitive construction sites are given additional training to recognize environmental risks, endangered or threatened species in the vicinity, and the importance of proper maintenance of appropriate procedures. Training records are kept on site at all times.



 

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