Otak Group Safety Approach

Our Safety Approach
OTAK has put in place extensive policies, procedures, and incentives all designed to provide zero inci-dents, a safe and healthy work environment for all of our employees, subcontractors, and customers. Our goal on every job is to ensure that all work is completed safely with appropriate tools, equipment, and me-thods and is implemented in complete compliance with the Safety and Health Requirements.

OTAK is committed to providing its employees, subcontractors, and owner's personnel a safe and healthful working environment. OTAK also extends this commitment to provide protection to the general public as well, should they be exposed to any hazards. OTAK will develop site-specific safety procedures prior to the commencement of work and will aggressively monitor and enforce the established safety procedures to meet the goals of an accident free work site. Additionally, all of OTAK's Superintendents, Project Managers, Quality Control and Safety personnel are EM-385, OSHA and USACE CQM Certified. To accomplish an accident free work site, OTAK has established the following loss control measures:
• Employee Training
• Substance Abuse Program
• Jobsite Inspection Programs
• Accident Investigation/Reporting
• Medical and First Aid

OTAK understands that all work under this agreement is subject to the Safety and Health Regulations for construction as set forth in Part 1926 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, pursuant to the authority in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 recognized standards. OTAK has a proven Safety Program that will be used to prepare a contract specific Safety & Health Plan. The firm has outstanding safety record and will comply with all applicable regulations pertaining to the health and safety of personnel during performance under this contract.

Corporate Safety Initiative Programs: Our safety program is pro-active and action-oriented; everyone from management to trades people is involved in making a zero-incident work place a reality. We use daily pre-task planning sessions, ongoing safety inspections, weekly safety meetings, safety seminars, special equipment training, safety manual reviews, and email updates to assist in attaining our goal of zero incidents.

Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) or ISO Certification or Similar Program: It is the goal of OTAK to eliminate and/or prevent hazardous conditions that may cause harm to anyone working on our construction sites, in our offices, or in any other facility under the Company's control. To help the Company attain this goal, we have committed to completing OSHA's VPP Challenge Program and to becoming an OSHA VPP contractor/employer.

Company Training Programs & Integration by Management & Employees of Safety into the Workplace: All on-site personnel receive training in the OSHA 30-hour, EM-385, Construction Out-Reach Programs, as well as taking classes in Fall Protection, Excavation and Trenching, First Aid, CPR and Con-fined Space Entry Procedures, Substance Abuse Awareness and Recognition. New employees are required to complete our New Hire Safety Orientation Program. Our substance abuse program includes Pre-hire, Post Accident, Fitness for Duty, For Cause and Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. All employees, including management, are subject to random testing equal to 25% of our annual workforce. The Company conducts weekly Safety / Tool Box Talk meetings. Attendance is mandatory.

Subcontractor & In-House Safety Management: The Site Safety & Health Officer (SSHO) is responsible for certifying that all subcontractors and in-house workers are aware of proper safety procedures. During the preparatory phase of each definable feature of work, the SSHO will conduct a safety meeting going over the Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) with all subcontractors and OTAK employees. All personnel are required to sign the form certifying they will follow all safety precautions required by the AHA. He will conduct weekly safety training sessions to ensure that everyone understands the particular dangers and hazards of the work in progress and that all site workers are familiar with safe operation and handling of equipment and materials. We require that subcontractors maintain the same level of education with all employees on all jobs. Health and safety inspections are held regularly while a project is in progress. We publish and maintain a Safety Plan for all of our employees and subcontractors and maintain a copy of the site specific Accident Prevention Plan (APP) on site at all times. The goals of the Safety Plan are to minimize risk of injury on the job, reduce property damage, and enforce compliance with all laws, codes, and guidelines. Our Safety Plan includes education in specific job-related tasks as well as general, continuing safety training. The plan outlines methods to detect, correct, and prevent unsafe practices and hazardous conditions. The plan also provides information in supplying and properly using protective equipment, safety mechanisms, and establishes a regular schedule for tool and equipment maintenance. All subcontractors are also shown the location of all emergency equipment and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), telephones, and evacuation routes. Standards in the areas of housekeeping, protective safety equipment, weekly safety meetings, fire protection equipment, and treating, reporting, and investigating injuries is also outlined in OTAK's Safety Plan. OTAK's Safety Plan is included as a compliance document with our Employee Handbook and as a referenced specification in all subcontracts.

Any task that the Safety Manager, or his designee, observes being performed in an unsafe manner, or without appropriate safety precautions, will be stopped until proper safety procedures can be instituted. Potential hazards are identified and systematically reduced or eliminated as much as possible. Environmental hazards are given extra consideration to verify that all dangerous procedures and materials are handled in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and EM-385. Every effort is made to substitute safe alternatives for potentially hazardous materials and methods.

• How OTAK Promotes Construction Safety: In an effort to promote Safety on all of our project job-sites and keep our customers as involved as possible in our safety activities, OTAK has developed the following procedures for use with all of our Government and private customers. We are currently using these programs on all OTAK projects:

• Monthly Corporate "On-Site" Safety and Quality Control Checks: The OTAK corporate safety and quality control director physically conducts an "on site" safety and quality control checkups monthly at all construction sites. The checkup consists of a safety and quality control standard inspection of all sites, performed under a checklist of critical items of safety and quality control & is conducted by a competently trained and responsible professional.

• Project Site Visitors: All persons visiting the project site shall; sign in at the project site office, be accompanied by an authorized escort while on-site, wear proper protective equipment (PPE), comply with all project safety rules, and sign out upon leaving the project facility. This policy has eliminated any injuries to visitors.

• Safety Rules and Personal Protective Equipment: The training of every employee on general safety rules and procedures, and personal protective equipment requirements has reduced accidents dramatically over the past years.

• Mandatory PPE: When on the project site, all workers and site personnel are required to wear the following Mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); hard hats, long pants, ¼ sleeve shirt and leather safety toe shoes. Each worker must also have safety glasses and hearing protection in their possession. This policy has reduced personnel injuries for employees.