Health and Safety in the Workplace

Health and Wellness Programs

Optimation promotes a healthy lifestyle for our employees. Our company management believes in the benefit of mind and body fitness. We have onsite fitness facilities and promote fitness/exercise activities throughout the organization.  We encourage our employees to get involved in health initiatives regardless of their level of fitness. We are creative in promoting initiatives that reach specific targets for an employee with measurable outcomes.

From weekly face to face health coaching to healthy choices at company vending machines are one of the many ways we promote employee health. The goal of the health and wellness initiative at Optimation is to create an environment which supports a culture of safety and health.  The health and wellness program includes:

  • Promoting tools and resources to collect data and drive health efforts
  • Running a Health Risk Assessment Campaign
  • Coordinating an onsite Biometric Screening
  • Crafting an annual operating plan
  • Selecting and implementing appropriate interventions
  • Seeking solutions that will remove barriers to accessing health information and programs
  • Evaluating outcomes and making improvements
  • Monthly wellness topics discussed at company wide safety meetings

On August 17, 2017, Optimation surpassed 2 years without a lost time incident. 

Health and Safety Program

The personal health and safety of each employee, contractor and visitor to Optimation is of primary importance, and it is our policy to provide a safe and healthy work environment for everyone. At Optimation we use a two phased approach to health and safety, focusing on traditional compliance and a behavioral based safety process. Our Health and Safety Processes are directed toward the recognition and control of all types of hazards that may be encountered in the performance of company business in the office, at our company’s out-of-Rochester locations, our fabrication shops and while visiting or conducting construction or maintenance activities at client sites. Optimation's goal, led by our Corporate Safety Engineering Group, is to proactively support a safe and healthy workplace and create an environment where health, safety and wellness are a personal value within the Optimation community. 

Benefits of a health and safety program include:

  • Providing the best health and safety conditions possible in the workplace
  • Highest level of professionalism, proficiency, production and employee morale
  • Increased profit margins due to reductions in operational waste (injuries and illnesses)
  • Improved Experienced Modification Rate (EMR)
  • Compliance with all federal, state and local regulations
  • World class safety culture where working safely is the only option

General Company Safety Philosophy Statement

It is Optimation’s belief that our people are our most important asset and the preservation of employee Safety and Health must remain a constant consideration in every phase of our business. We will provide the resources necessary to manage, control, or eliminate all safety and health hazards. All employees at all levels trained and held accountable to recognition of hazards, respond appropriately and follow safe work practices in their respective work roles. 

It is Optimation's belief that any safety and health programs must truly be a partnership driven by management's commitment and employee involvement and therefore our safety processes must be recognized as a core value and become our employee's highest priority.

Our general company safety philosophy has been developed to reflect professionalism in all our actions and is demonstrated by our proactive safe behaviors. 

Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Development

Optimation is working to towards accreditation for the OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which promote safety and health in the work environment. VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system, and then involves site application and assessment against these criteria. OSHA’s verification will include an application review and a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. According to OSHA's website, VPP “recognize and partner with businesses and work sites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards.” An example of Optimation’s commitment to health and safety can be seen in our behavioral approach to safety. By understanding the barriers to a safe work environment and the critical behaviors that drive these barriers, Optimation is able to make the work environment a safer place through behavior modification.