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Foundation Building Materials takes an industry-leading approach in developing and promoting safety. The company’s employees share the responsibility of working in a manner that safeguards them, their coworkers and the communities they serve.

As FBM has grown to be the third largest company in its segment, it is poised to become an industry leader in safety in every market it serves. The FBM Safety Champions are the drivers of the harmonization of safety activities across the country. Chosen from the best talent of each market/region/acquisition, the Safety Champions draw from their expertise and experiences to craft safety policies and procedures that apply best practices to FBM’s unique workplace exposures. This dedication to safety as a key value is a recognized differentiator for the company among its customers and is backed up by FBM’s “Safety Absolutes,” key rules that all employees are to follow.

FBM works diligently with its employees and continually advocates adherence to the highest safety standards. The effort begins immediately with new employees through a comprehensive orientation that focuses on safety awareness, risk identification, hazard communication and other essential safety protocols. Training is delivered through a variety of media, including online modules and classroom settings, so that managers can employ the method that bests fits the employees’ needs. Written programs and materials are also provided in Spanish.

IMG_1739FBM uses a variety of methods to improve awareness of risks at all branches. FBM’s Safety Champions and stocking supervisors conduct regular onsite inspections of jobsites, warehouses and yards to identify hazards and recommend corrective measures. FBM’s Safety Champions review the loss control reports and discuss lessons learned to develop programs, which are shared across the organization. Safety Champions also conduct regular inspections to make sure that emerging hazards and risks are identified and mitigation plans are implemented.

Attention to safety considerations is built into the warehousing, delivery and stocking processes. For example, a site hazard assessment is done for all deliveries and a detailed load or stocking plan identifies the safest way to deliver and stock product. Daily reviews of deliveries ensure work was conducted safely and efficiently. When better techniques are identified, these are communicated back to operations.

Foundation is committed to drug-free workplaces and employs comprehensive drug and alcohol screening programs, ranging from pre-hire screening, post-accident screening, DOT random screening, for-cause screening and other screening to comply with the drug-free workplace regulations of various sites. These programs reinforce the company’s focus on workplace safety, creating a safer work environment and improve the welfare of its employees and operating efficiency of it business.

FBM’s commitment to safety extends to its operating fleet of highway and off-highway vehicles. A key member of the Safety Champions is the Fleet and DOT Compliance Manager, whose role it is to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations governing fleet operations as well as the application of best practices throughout the company.

The company is also committed to the safe use of cellphones and other electronic communication devices. FBM is committed to preventing distracted driving, and has comprehensive program cellphone use. Every employee in the company has signed a distracted driving pledge acknowledging they will not use handhold cellphones while driving for company business.

Fleet Management and Maintenance
Effective fleet maintenance is critical to ensure safety, compliance, operational reliability and cost efficiency. Compliance with DOT and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for vehicle inspections is monitored by an independent consultant to ensure 100% of commercial vehicles are inspected daily. The Fleet and DOT Compliance Manager works closely with the Chief Operating Officer, regional vice presidents and branch managers to coordinate and leverage strategic relationships for unit purchases and leases, replacements and transfers of equipment among branches.