Our Safety Culture

Our employees are the most valuable asset of our company, and we are committed to protecting them from occupational injury and illness. Accidents not only cost time and money, but most of all, they cause suffering and loss of life. Our comprehensive safety manual is part of our commitment to create a safe workplace.

Everyone’s assistance is needed to ensure that our Health, Safety and Environmental program protects both themselves and those around them. It is each individual’s responsibility to work safely and to report any condition that may cause an accident to their supervisor. GFA International, Inc. personnel are required to exercise Stop Work Authority when they identify any situation they believe pose an unacceptable Safety, Health or Environmental risk.

Compliance with the Safety Manual is mandatory for all personnel. Their cooperation in making our work place safer is important and appreciated. GFA International’s Safety Policy requires that all operations be conducted in a safe manner and environmentally friendly manner.

All GFA personnel are expected to share concerns for Health, Safety and Environmental. As part of the Company’s commitment to HS&E, we have established the safety policies and procedures in our manual. “Personnel” in this manual includes employees of GFA International, Inc., contractors, and subcontractors.

The GFA International, Inc. HS&E Policy is designed to:

  • Demonstrate leadership regarding HS&E;
  • Provide a safe, clean work place; safe and proper tools and equipment; and safe work procedures;
  • Provide training in the safe performance of individual jobs thereby assuring that every employee recognizes that personal safety is one of the individual’s fundamental responsibilities;
  • Insure that an Accident Prevention Program is put into practice by all employees; and
  • Insure that unsafe conditions, which may contribute to personal injury or an environmental incident, are promptly reported, corrected and immediate action taken to prevent their recurrence, and that all accidents are analyzed so that immediate corrective action can be taken.

Our Safe Work Culture – Ideals, Principles & Philosophy

  • Every incident can be avoided.
  • No job is worth getting hurt for.
  • Every job will be done safely.
  • Accidents and incidents can be managed.
  • Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Our Basic Safety Principles

  • Working safely is a condition of employment.
  • Each team member is expected to give consideration to the prevention of injury to self and to co-workers.
  • Involvement and thinking of all people in the safety process is valued and expected.
  • Continual improvement is the goal.
  • Individuals and teams must be recognized for their adherence to and advancement of safety.

We Are Always Working Hard On Our Safety Culture

  • From the ground-up!
  • From the top-down!
  • We also support systems for both directions!

Our Safe Work Culture Components

  • Management Commitment
  • Policy Statement & Vision
  • Program Goals
  • Team Recognition
  • Team Training
  • Hazard Analysis and Correction

Benefits Of Our Safety Program

  • Nobody gets hurt
  • Improved morale and team-building
  • Increased productivity
  • No accidents or injuries
  • Any unsafe behavior stands out and is unacceptable
  • Safe work is influenced through peer pressure
  • Improved communication channels

Our Accountability

  • Safety Standards
    • We always define various, safe procedures and management practices.
  • Safety Training
    • Everyone at GFA International understands and meets safety requirements.

Stop Work Authority for Our Team

  • All members of the team have the Stop Work Authority.
  • They must acknowledge unsafe behaviors.
  • We always point out unsafe behaviors.
  • We make sure the team understands the risks.
  • We make sure the team understands the benefits of working safely.
  • They must agree that unsafe behaviors are not worth the consequences.
  • We always suggest proper safe behaviors.

Reinforcement of Our Policy

  • We always reinforce our safe work habits.
  • We encourage team members to repeat behaviors that result in safe work.
  • We reward safe behavior.
    • Verbal Acknowledgment
    • Public Praise (Newsletter)
    • Material Awards (Gift Certificates)

Our Supervisors Role in a Safe Work Culture

  • Task planning
  • Education of direct reports
  • Enforcement
  • Leadership by example
  • Clear communication

Our Team Characteristics in a Safe Work Culture

  • Participate in our Behavioral Based Safety Program
  • Stop Work Authority
  • Report unsafe conditions and actions
  • Shared vision with management

Signs of Our Culture Change

  • We have a true management commitment.
  • We have documented changes in team member attitudes to safety.
  • We have seen a heightened participation by the entire team.
  • As an organization, we have more conversations regarding safety with our team.
  • Our team is always working hard to define and communicate the need for a safe corporate culture.

GFA’s Safety Manual

Our Safety Manual is provided as a safety guide for all GFA employees. The management of GFA is committed to implementing an effective safety program throughout its operations. It is expected that all companies or individuals working for GFA will share that same commitment.

The primary purpose of our Manual is to present the safety programs and safe operating practices that will be followed at GFA International’s facilities and also the minimum requirement that will be followed on other companies facilities. A copy of this Manual will be maintained at each of GFA International’s facilities and it will be made available to all employees/contractors. The Manual also provides guidance to GFA International’s supervisors in the safe conduct of operations. The practices and procedures presented in the Manual should be reviewed by employees/contractors at safety meetings and at other times when employee/contractors prepare to perform work tasks.

The safety program described in our Manual applies to all GFA employees/contractors. Each employee/contractor must comply with the practices and must report all accidents, injuries, deficiencies and safety violations. Failure to obey these safety rules may result in serious injury and will lead to disciplinary action, including termination.

GFA and our sister company American Vibracore Services share a committent to health, safety and the environment. Our joint Safety Manual Programs include:

Level 1 – Management Commitment

  • Safety Policy

Level 2 – Introduction

  • Purpose and Applicability
  • Environmental Protection

Level 3 – General Safety Programs

  • Employee Safety Orientation Program
  • Safety Training Program
  • Behavioral Based Safety
  • Safety Meetings
  • Safety Surveys

Level 4 – General Safety Measures

  • General Housekeeping Requirements
  • Safety in the Office and Warehouse
  • Hazard ID and Risk Assessment

Level 5 – Fire Prevention

  • Fire Prevention and Control

Level 6 – Hazard Communication

  • Hazard Communication

Level 7 – Safe Work Practices

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fall Protection
  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Hot Work Program
  • Lock Out Tag Out Program
  • NORM
  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Confined Space Entry Program
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Stop Work Authority

Level 8 – Operations Procedures

  • Electrical Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Manual Lifting
  • Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Small Tool Safety
  • Stairways and Walkways
  • Forklift Operations
  • H2S Safety
  • Rigging Safety
  • Scaffold Safety

Level 9 – Offshore Safety

  • General Offshore Safety
  • Shorebase Safety
  • Helicopter Safety
  • Vessel Safety
  • Water Survival

Level 10 – HSE Supplement

  • Benzene
  • Emergency Response
  • Equipment Grounding and GFCI
  • First Aid
  • Hazwoper Safety
  • Process Safety Management
  • Fatigue Management
  • Fit for Duty

Level 11 – Environmental

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Waste Management

Level 12 – Attachments

  • Introduction to Drilling Safety
  • Governmental Regulations
  • Role of the Safety Supervisor
  • PPE Requirements
  • Drill Rig Housekeeping
  • Maintenance Safety
  • Hand Tool Safety
  • Clearing Work Areas
  • Start-Up Operations
  • Drilling Operations Safety
  • Overhead Power Lines and Buried Utilities
  • Electrical Safety During Drilling Operations
  • Rigging Safety During Drilling Operations
  • Cathead and Rope Hoists Safety
  • Auger Safety
  • Rotary and Core Drilling Safety
  • Travel Safety
  • Rig Loading and Unloading
  • Off Road Terrain Safety
  • Tires, Batteries and Fuel
  • First Aid in Drilling Operations
  • Drill Rig Utilization and Alteration
  • Navigation
  • Change of Watch
  • Working Outside the Boat
  • Locking
  • Engine Shutdown During Delays
  • Standing Radio Watch
  • Vessel Security and Carriage of Crew other than Crewmembers
  • Vessel Log and Required Logbook Entries
  • Communications
  • Confined Spaces on Boats
  • Hot Work on Boats
  • Required Documents on Board
  • Fuel Transfer Procedures
  • Equipment Maintenance Schedules
  • Lock Out Tag Out on Boats
  • Maintenance and Repair Reporting
  • Routine Vessel Repairs
  • Non Routine Vessel Repairs
  • Emergency Vessel Repairs
  • Critical Stores and Supplies

Additional Safety Programs

  • 40-Hour OSHA
  • 24-Hour OSHA
  • Rigger Training
  • Fall Protection & Rescue
  • Safe Land
  • Safe Gulf
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Job Safety Awareness
  • Contractors Safety Screening Program
  • Short Service Employee Program
  • Root Cause Analysis Training

Professional Membership

  • ISNetworld