GZA wins National Safety Council “Perfect Record Award” for 4th consecutive year

NORWOOD, Mass., April 17, 2018 – GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, is honored to announce it has been awarded the National Safety Council’s “Perfect Record Award” for the fourth year in a row.

The council’s Perfect Record Award recognizes work locations, units, or entire companies that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work. For GZA, the award reflects a 100 percent success rate in preventing lost work days among staff based at 32 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes Region, Colorado, and Tennessee.

“GZA is committed to making our company culture a safe culture and integrating safety into all our operations,’’ said Bill Hadge, CEO of GZA. “I’m deeply proud of and grateful for the efforts everyone at GZA makes every day that have led to this recognition from the National Safety Council.’’

Rick Ecord, CIH, CSP, a GZA Principal and the company’s Environmental, Health & Safety Director, said: “As we’ve conducted safety training sessions at every location where GZA staff are based, one of the most effective strategies has been role-playing exercises where people can practice how they engage in safety interventions with colleagues, partners, subcontractors, and clients. What people learn is that a lot of times, it’s being willing to speak up and knowing how best to say something that can make the difference in encouraging and persuading people to practice consistent workplace safety.’’

GZA has designed its health and safety program to conform to the international Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OSHAS) 18001 standard. Three years ago, GZA implemented a People-Based Safety approach called “SLAMS” that helps employees address issues affecting their safety. SLAMS stands for:

  • Stopping, and
  • Looking for risks,
  • Analyzing what you see,
  • Managing the risk, and
  • Sharing what you’ve learned with colleagues.

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where the council can make the most impact.