Safety & Certification

Safety is our #1 priority at Glahe & Associates, Inc. Surveying work is done in many different settings. Due to the nature of our work, our surveyors are often working in areas where the probability of an injury or accident is heightened. Construction sites, roads, highways, transmission lines, and mountainous areas can all present an unexpected injury. To help lower those chances, we provide the team with the necessary training needed to keep healthy and unharmed. Below are some of our safety and certifications provided to our employees. Our field crew chiefs are trained in the latest CPR rescue techniques and each field vehicle is required to keep a complete first aid kit readily available.

HAZWOPER MSHA-Mine Safety and Health Administration Railroad Contractor Certification
Some federal contracts require certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) in order for our surveyors to safely perform their work. HAZWOPER is a set of guidelines produced and maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) which regulates hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the United States and its territories.

With these guidelines, the U.S. government regulates hazardous wastes and dangerous goods from inception to disposal.
Performing surveying services on an active mine location, whether it be above or below ground, requires that each individual be properly educated and trained by a certified MSHA instructor. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) works to prevent death, illness, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners. MSHA carries out the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) as amended by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006.

The Agency develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction. MSHA also provides technical, educational and other types of assistance to mine operators. We work cooperatively with industry, labor, and other Federal and state agencies to improve safety and health conditions for all miners in the United States.
Glahe field crews are e-RAILSAFE certified for all work near or on active railroads.

e-RAILSAFE is the premier Workforce Safety and Security Management program for Class 1 Railroads and the businesses that serve them.

The purpose of the program is to improve the security of railroad employees, operations and facilities. As part of these efforts, designated railroad contractors, vendors and suppliers are required to comply with the program which includes:

Personal Screening
Contractor/Vendor Personnel are required to submit to background investigations.

Compliance Awareness & Testing
Contractor/Vendor Personnel must complete required safety and security awareness tests.

Workplace Credentialing
Contractor/Vendor Personnel are required to wear e-RAILSAFE ID Badges when on railroad property. Badges are issued upon successful completion of background investigation and compliance testing.

From the American Association of Railroads website:

A major concern for freight railroads is pedestrian and driver behavior at rail crossings. With 129,582 public rail crossings in the U.S., railroads work every day with state, local and federal officials and the public to help prevent accidents and injuries on the tracks. The federal “Section 130” program in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) provides federal funds to states — more than $220 million each year — to install lights and gates at grade crossings, while railroads spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to maintain and improve grade crossings and many millions more on programs and initiatives related to grade crossing safety. With a nearly 140,000 mile network that runs through towns and cities of all sizes, railroads also work closely with local communities to curb pedestrian trespassing on the tracks.