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Acme’s Commitment To Safety (ACTS)

At Acme, safety is our #1 priority. During the event of an oil spill, Acme is committed to the safety of all first responders by following procedures from Acme’s Commitment to Safety (ACTS) program. While ACTS guidelines and recommendations vary from job to job, the core safety guidelines below are used to inform all personnel of general safety guidelines that need to be followed on every spill. Please see below for the 12 procedures of the ACTS program:

  • Above all else, ensure the safety and health of public and response personnel.
  • Daily safety meetings with all Acme personnel shall be completed every morning to review safety issues from the previous operational period. All personnel shall then be briefed on job specific safety issues for the current operational period.
  • Site safety plans shall be completed daily.
  • MSDS sheets, AED, First Aid kits and a site safety plan shall be located inside spill trailer at all times.
  • Always watch footing for slips, trips and falls.
  • Proper PPE shall be worn at all times within the hotzone. All personnel shall enter through and exit through the designated decon stations located outside of the hotzone.
  • Always respond in teams using the “Buddy System” – under no circumstance should an Acme team member work alone during oil spill response.
  • Always inform supervisor of your intended destination and estimated time of return. Acme supervisor to document location and times.
  • Never rely on senses to detect a hazardous situation. Proper detection meters shall be used on site in accordance with the site safety plan. At a minimum, a 5 gas meter shall be used twice daily to inspect the site for harmful gases.
  • Use proper communication systems while on site. Hand/body signals, personal radios and cell phones are all ways in which personnel can communicate on site.
  • Hand signals shall be used when it is too loud to communicate. The following hand signals shall be implemented in the case of an emergency:
    • Hand clutching throat conveys that the person is out of air.
    • Hands on top of head conveys that the person needs assistance
    • Thumbs up conveys that the person is okay.
    • Thumbs down conveys that the person is not okay.
    • Grip on partner’s wrist conveys that the personnel need to leave the area immediately.
  • Alarm signals will vary pending on the location of the site as well as the time of year. General alarm signals are:
    • 3 long truck blasts indicate a Tornado warning and all personnel are to decontaminate and head to the designated tornado shelter.
    • 1 long truck blast indicates severe weather or an incident and all personnel are to decontaminate and meet at the Command Center.

ACTS has been followed by Acme personnel since its inception and has kept personnel safe during spills for over 40 years. Acme believes that safety comes first and that a job done in a safe manner is a job done right.

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