June is recognized as National Safety Month and Monday, June 15th marked the beginning of the Colas Safety Week 2015. With that, everyone in every region of Barrett Industries embraces the Colas “GOAL ZERO” Campaign. Safety has always been one of Barrett’s and Colas’ major concerns: at work, on the road and at home.

This is a symbolic reminder of our commitment to Zero Injuries and Zero Incidents. There is no other core value or belief more important as the Goal Zero and the principle that all accidents are preventable with proper preparation, training and operational excellence. The Goal Zero safety culture centers upon every employee and your ability to STOP WORK operations if you believe there is a potentially unsafe condition that has not been addressed. We want to remind you that this is not only our policy: it is our requirement, without exception. Safety First!

Below is an excerpt from Colas’ website regarding Safety at Work:

Both the frequency and the severity of injuries is steadily diminishing, although significant improvements can and must be made upon current levels. This encouraging performance is down to the implementation of dedicated actions (safety audits, site safety briefings, accident cause trees, inter-business safety challenges, dedicated prevention courses, etc.) and the commitment of more than a thousand prevention managers.

Almost one-third of employees around the world (19,950 staff) are trained in first aid. This exceptionally high level of commitment meets three objectives:

The presence of a first aid officer at each worksite can limit the consequences of a workplace accident.

An employee trained in emergency response is better able to appropriate and spread a culture of prevention. Since there are not enough people trained in first aid in society at large, Colas is helping to improve the situation by providing an additional contingent, whether in the more hazardous environment of public highways or in their personal and family lives.

Our thinking and actions have been expanded to cover the entire spectrum of health and safety in the workplace, and thereby include issues related to working conditions in general, addictions (alcohol, tobacco, drugs), but also psychosocial risks (stress, etc.).

Have a safe and healthy week – let every day be a reminder to build and maintain the safety culture both at home and at work!