Sweetwater’s dedicated EHS department has developed its own protocols for COVID-19 exposure prevention, based on CDC, OSHA and NJ Executive Order directives, which have proven effective throughout the pandemic. Project personnel, trained in these requirements, will monitor compliance with Sweetwater, and where requested, client practices. Our superintendents and subcontractor foremen will be held to high standards for enforcing the procedures, and must lead by example.
Sweetwater has annually received top recognition awards for our documented commitment to safety through training, programs, zero-incidence rate, no OSHA citations, EMR at .696, and pledged Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace.
Sweetwater is a contractor member of ISNetworld®, prequalified for safety and A-rated by clients such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, L’Oreal, Mondelez, Teva Pharma and Sanofi. ISNet is a contractor management service that ensures construction suppliers are operating in a reliable manner with pre-screening, insurance verification and safety procedure audits.
Sweetwater is committed to the highest level of quality construction possible. This commitment extends to all aspects and phases of the construction process and to the protection of the environment, health, and safety of its employees, subcontractors, clients, and neighbors. We believe that through our actions we will have a positive impact on our environment, and the health and safety of our employees, construction team members, and the general public.
In accordance with this commitment, we will implement practices, procedures, and programs that:
– Document Environmental, Health, and Safety management systems that identify and comply with relevant environmental, health, and safety regulations and requirements;
– Require all operations be conducted in a manner that proper evaluates potential exposures to loss and minimizes that risk to loss by providing for the safeguarding of employee, team, and public health and safety, and safeguards the environment;
– Provides awareness and competency training to employees and team members in their specific responsibilities under these programs and procedures;
– Are founded in a culture of continuous improvement; Are continuously monitored and updated as necessary to reflect current regulations, requirements, and needs of Sweetwater Construction Corp.
The cornerstones of our safety program are administered as follows:
– Superintendent Training – Superintendents are all certified with OSHA 30-hour training and ongoing training with OSHA regulations. Furthermore, each superintendent undergoes yearly CPR and First Aid training.
– Risk Management Training- Sweetwater works with our insurance company’s Risk Engineering division to train field employees. They also visit jobsites to observe and discuss with superintendents and subcontractors.
– Subcontractor Qualification and Training – Sweetwater qualifies subs based on safety, financial stability and performance, and provides safety training for subcontractors and their employees, as needed.
– Meetings – Superintendents conduct weekly toolbox safety meetings with all workers on the jobsite. Examples of meeting topics include fall protection, slips-trips-falls, ladder safety, power tool safety, and eye and head protection.
– Inspections – Daily inspections are conducted by superintendents. Purpose of inspections is to ensure a safe worksite by enforcing the principles of the Sweetwater safety policy.
– Safety Incentive – Superintendents are rewarded for the safety record of their jobs as well as their administration of Safety Policy.
Contractor Disciplinary – Policies are strictly enforced and violations are documented. After the second violation, offending individuals are permanently removed from the project.