TOTAL MAINTENANCE SERVICES

PO Box 460    Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

Phone: 740-703-4017   Fax: 740-779-3110




SAFETY

Total Maintenance Services is dedicated to be better than the highest standards of safety in industry.

TMS managers, superintendents and craftspeople are training in the following manner:

  • Weekly safety meetings
  • Daily tool-box meetings
  • OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour training
  • NCMS/PEC Premier safety training for oil and gas industry
  • Site-specific safety training for all plants
  • 9-point drug and alcohol screening for new hires, for cause and company-wide random testing

TMS also performs audits and inspections on tools, equipment and craft work practices.

All TMS plant-site work is preceded by the review of a TMS safe work plan. The safe work plan incorporates the review of the job, equipment and tools required for the job, hazards that may be associated with the job and all safety equipment/procedures necessary to perform the work.

TMS presently has an EMR of 0.47.

All TMS employees are screened with the 9-Point alcohol/drug screening test. Screening is done prior to employment, annually, for cause and company-wide random tests.

Behavioral Based Safety - JMS

The above safety measures are standard type industrial directed safety techniques and are very important. TMS managers and superintendents are also trained in behavioral based safety methods. Total Maintenance Services has innovated an approach towards BBS.

TMS approaches Behavioral Based Safety Training with a technique called "Job Mentoring Safety" or JMS. Standard behavioral based safety programs have a foundation in auditing employees' work practices and pointing out at risk behaviors and then pointing out better methods. This traditional BBS system is effective; however, it is a passive approach. TMS uses the same concepts, however, incorporates these concepts into an active or "mentoring" approach.

JMS is based upon job supervisors working along-side the craftspeople and demonstrating the correct methods.

The added benefits of Job Mentoring Safety over standard BBS are as follows: 

  • The craftspeople see the approach as, "Do as I do, not just what I say"

  • JMS is not a program. JMS is a tool on the job, used on the job. Every job.

  • TMS leaders on the job understand one of the largest factors in behavioral accidents ... job fatigue. TMS has found that fatigue is an intangible behavioral variable and has been missed in standard BBS programs and may be the most important. Most companies do not allow their supervisors to work alongside the employees who are "in the heat". How can a supervisor understand how fatigue affects an employee's approach towards work if they do not do the work themselves? Most trained employees will work safely when they are fresh, but as fatigue sets in, corners can be cut and unfortunately, safe working practices are usually the first corners cut. This is when the supervisor needs awareness and can assure that employees are not getting into an over-fatigued state. An only-observing supervisor misses this because they do not understand. Many supervisors attend meetings while other employees are still working. The supervisor is rested, unlike the employees on the floor. Moreover, pressure is commonly put upon the supervisor in these meetings to push workers to hurry up and meet the daily scheduled requirements. Workers will usually respond and hurry up, many times cutting the safety corners. This action can compound the gap between the supervisor's understanding and the reality of what is happening to the employees on the factory floor. A working-supervisor understands and can mentor safe work practices for themselves and for all employees, yet, also keep productivity up.

  • Most company BBS programs require conscription. JMS is a live technique and does not require a form or other conscription methods. Conscription methods tend to "pencil-whip" the program so that a supervisor can satisfy their manager's requirements of observation quotas.

  • BBS programs typically require observation data and bar-charts to reinforce that the program is effective. Low or no injuries are the data TMS uses to prove the effectiveness of JMS.

  • Safe work practices eventually become second nature to employees. As JMS has gone forward, TMS employees mentor each other without a supervisor's input. The program has become self-perpetuating without quotas. This is the goal of any program or method and this one works.

For more information on Total Maintenance Services safety specifics or a copy of the TMS safety program, please contact the TMS Safety Manager.

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