Health & Safety Policy
TechLink Services is committed to preventing accidents, and providing a safe workplace for our employees, contractors, and customers while working at its customers’ facilities. This commitment extends to all TechLink employees and contractors working on the behalf of TechLink and its clients.
In fulfilling this commitment to protect both people and property, TechLink will provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment, in accordance with industry standards and in compliance with local, state, and federal safety regulations, and will strive to eliminate any foreseeable hazards which may result in property damage, accidents, or personal injury/illness.
We recognize that the responsibility for health and safety is shared. All employees and contractors will be equally responsible for minimizing accidents within TechLink’s facilities and on our customer’s work sites. Safety is the direct responsibility of all managers, supervisors, employees, and contractors.
When a TechLink Contractor or Employee accepts a work order they agree that they will follow the safety guidelines in this document and applicable OSHA Standards. It is the responsibility of the technician to understand these safety requirements to educate their employees on these requirements and to ensure compliance for the safest work environment. When visiting a customer site with their own safety requirements, those requirements will be adhered to as well as the Safety Practices set forth by TechLink Services. TechLink’s management and coordinator will provide any safety requirements for a given customer site in advance of a site visit or project.
When a TechLink Contractor or Employee accepts a work order they agree that they will follow the safety guidelines in this TechLink contractors must provide a certificate of General Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation Insurance to TechLink Services as outlined in the Field Technician Agreement.
Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment
- Sleeveless shirts, such as tank tops, are not permitted a technician’s shoulders must be covered.
- Long pants are required.
- Technician should wear safety footwear when the type of work being performed could risk injury to the feet and when required by the customer job site safety requirements
- Jewelry that could pose a safety hazard is not permitted
Technicians must adhere to Minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements when the customer site requires PPE to be worn and/or when performing installations when the type of job requires where there is overhead work, lifting, or drilling.
- Hard hat
- Safety glasses
- Steel toed boots or shoes
- Additional PPE may be required by the customer such as, hearing protection, high visibility vests, or fire resistant clothing.
Tools and Equipment
- TechLink’s technicians will provide their own tools and equipment needed to complete any work at a customer site.
- It is the Technicians responsibility to keep their power and hand tools in good, safe, working condition.
- No customer tools or equipment is to be used without permission from TechLink. Use of man lifts or other power tools may require special qualifications. The TechLink technician must be qualified to operate this equipment.
- Tools need to be used properly for the purpose of the tool.
- Extension cords must not be cracked, frayed, or damaged and be properly grounded
- Ladders should be in good working condition and inspected frequently for damage.
- Ladders should be properly set on firm ground and tied off
- The ladder must be climbed carefully keeping 3 hands or feet in contact with the ladder as climbing
- Tools should be carried in a pouch or tool belt when climbing a ladder, not in the hands.
- Fall protection should be worn when working over heights of 6’.
- Ladders sWork areas should be kept in a clean and organized manner.
- Tools, parts, and packaging materials should be kept picked up when not in use and positioned safely when in use, so that they don’t create a tripping or other safety hazard.
- Smoking is not permitted on any customer site unless in the customer sites designated smoking area.
- Some customer sites may require a Hot Work Permit be required for any open flames or soldering and should be secured from TechLink’s customer.
- If welding is required to complete work at a customer site, the work will be done by a qualified person after all appropriate certificates have been issued.
Use good judgment when dealing with weather conditions that may pose a safety issue. If work has to be stopped due to weather conditions notify TechLink Services.
Drugs and Alcohol
While performing work for TechLink Service or its clients the sale, use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol is prohibited. The possession, sale, consumption, or being under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. Violation of this policy will be grounds for the termination of the Field Technician Agreement.
A first aid kit should be carried by the Technician while working on a customer site. Any accidents should be reported immediately to TechLink Services.