According to the National Safety Council, workplace drug use costs employees not only their health and safety, it also levies a significant financial burden on employers. Meridian’s K9 Division does more than narcotic and explosives detection, it helps ensure a safe workplace for our clients.
Any personnel involved in the cleanup and restoration of contaminated sites, including managers, must have the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training (HAZWOPER 40) certification.
In general terms, HAZWOPER training is needed if workers are to be:
- Exposed to high concentrations of poisonous substances
- Exposed to chemical conditions that pose a fire or explosion hazard
- Entering sites with atmospheres at or above IDLH levels
- Exposed to oxygen deficient atmospheres (less than 19.5% oxygen)
- Leading evacuations due to chemical atmospheres or oxygen deficient conditions
- Performing confined space entry
- Supervising workers exposed to any of the above dangers
Examples of professionals who need HAZWOPER training are:
- Environmental clean up
- Marine spill response
- Truck Drivers with Haz Endorsement
- Emergency Response
- Civil Service
- Plant workers
Meridian is pleased to offer a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course across the Southeast United States.
To learn more about whether or not you and your organization need HAZWOPER 40 training, contact Meridian at (251) 345-6776 or by sending an email to email@example.com
As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business, employing veterans and enabling them to continue to serve is a central tenet of our company.
More than 87% of our employees are veterans, and almost all of those who aren’t have served in Law Enforcement.
Not only are we proud of this fact, we want to put it on even greater display the extraordinary members of Meridian’s team. So it is our pleasure to announce the Meridian Veteran Spotlight, where every month we will introduce one of the veterans from across the country who serve our clients with the Meridian Standard.
Antoinette Biddle is a 34-year-old Air Force Veteran from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Biddle has worked for Meridian for more than a year, where she started as a guard before being promoted to shift supervisor for night shift.
Biddle has more than 10 years of successful leadership experience with a reputation for the meeting and exceeding the most demanding information and physical security goals and objectives. She was a Security Forces Member in the USAF, providing security for 20 Special Air Mission aircraft and Air Force One. Biddle also conducted overseas physical security, entry control, was responsible for continuous vigilance on all assigned resources, and provided immediate armed response to all alarms involving Air Force Protection Level 1, 2 and 3 resources.
“At the end of the day goals are simple: safety and security,” Biddle said when we asked her about her priorities with Meridian.
The United States is in the middle of a fossil fuels renaissance right now, and Meridian is setting the standard for accountability and excellence in protecting our critical energy infrastructure.
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and more traditional fuel sources such as oil are leading the way.
Over the next year the U.S. is projected to become the world’s largest producer of oil, seizing the mantle for the first time in more than 40 years.
Technological innovations such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and the discovery of vast LNG deposits have contributed to this boom. In addition to the inherent national security advantages, it also means exceptional opportunities for American companies and consumers.
With this rapid expansion, however, there is also an expansion in threats being faced by LNG and Oil companies.
From site security to risk management, asset protection to intelligent security software, oil and gas refineries, pipelines, and drilling centers are critical infrastructure that have and will continue to be threatened. Whether those threats are in the form of cyber attacks, protests that get out of hand, or simply thieves looking for an easy target, Meridian has the personnel, expertise, and insight to keep American energy producers protected.
Oil and gas executives are often targets, and their safety and security should be taken seriously. Meridian conducts intelligence operations, compiles risk assessment and vulnerability reports, and develops business continuity plans.
Supply chains rule the world. Energy is what makes them keep humming along. From material tracking and asset management, to subcontractor vetting and loss prevention, Meridian has the tools and personnel in place to ensure the ride from Point A to Point B is a smooth one, no matter the product.
The Meridian Difference
At the end of the day, people and processes make the difference. With Meridian we believe these factors above any other are what makes us more reliable, efficient, and effective than any other security company in America.
In addition to being a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business, more than 85% of Meridian employees and operators are veterans. Almost all those who aren’t veterans are former Law Enforcement Officers. Meridian’s veterans use the standards and processes they learned in the military to develop commercial applicability, providing a safer and more secure environment for our clients.
Meridian is Service-Disabled veteran-owned, veteran run, and veteran operated and holds several accreditations such as BS EN ISO 9001:2015, BS ISO 28000:2007, with ISO 28007-1:2015. We have been vetted by numerous clients and international standards auditors. However, Meridian’s proprietary processes are what make it excel. Our processes are what make our team want to work for Meridian.
Another example of the Meridian Difference is tracking data at all levels. Meridian’s proprietary technology produces a large amount of data, enabling Meridian’s management to continually analyze and determine where there are opportunities for improvement. Meridian is constantly identifying areas to improve. When the data reflects that Meridian is operating at 97% correct Risk Assessments, Meridian’s management is pushing the personnel to ask them why it is not 100%. Meridian believes in developing metrics that allow for continual monitoring and improvement. Meridian believes in a hybrid of the brilliance in the basics and former New York City Mayor Rudolf Giuliani’s broken window theory—if you let even the smallest thing slide, you are setting yourself up for failure down the road.
For More Information on the Meridian Difference
Contact Vice President Jason Wilbur at Phone: (337) 515-5833
MERIDIAN.US RECEIVES VETERAN INSTITUTE FOR PROCUREMENT GROW CERTIFICATION
By Jonathan McConnell, Meridian.us President
I was honored to attend CERA Week from March 5-9th as a Future Energy Leader. It has led to some incredibly unique experiences and great dialogue with leaders from BP, Halliburton, Emerson, and numerous others.
CERA Week by IHS Markit’s annual symposium has become the world’s premier energy event where industry leaders gather to learn “critical knowledge and independent analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, technology and strategy.”
I can’t sum up all the content in one post and to even attempt it would do no justice to the immense amount of incredible information I’ve gathered this week in Houston. But here are a few key takeaways:
Don’t view globalization as a threat, but as an opportunity.
2. Find ways to succeed in adverse conditions
The Oil & Gas industry used a downturn in the market to become more efficient and to persevere despite tough economic conditions, finding ways to make oil sustainable at $50 a barrel as opposed to $100 a barrel.
Poor market conditions create opportunity to create efficiency.
3. Workforce Development
If the U.S. wants to continue to grow, we must continue to develop our workforce. Not everyone needs to go to college. Skilled labor is a must and encouraging trade schools and appropriate immigration balance is key.
Lastly, a company is going to follow the personality of its leadership. Invest in people. Put family and health first. Never be afraid to change your mind. Be humble and never stop learning. Putting people at the center of your operation will lead to better outcomes, both for your employees and your clients.
Meridian is already a leader in providing customized, scalable security services to energy companies around the world. As the global energy market changes and evolves, so will we. We specialize in transoceanic energy transportation security and LNG physical site security, as well as cyber security and natural disaster response.
- Conduct audits of a TSMS, and the vessels to which the TSMS applies, to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of Subchapter M;
- Issue TSMS certificates to the owner or managing operator who complies with 46 CFR Part 138;
- Conduct surveys of towing vessels to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M; and
- Issue survey reports detailing the results of surveys, carried out in compliance with 46 CFR Part 137.
Towing Vessel Safety Management System
January 3, 2018 – On June 20, 2016, the Coast Guard published Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subchapter M – Towing Vessels. In complying with the new regulations, owners and managing operators have two options: (1) Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option, and (2) Coast Guard Option.
Regardless of which option an owner or operator chooses, Meridian is ready to assist with readiness assessment and compliance preparation. We can support the following activities:
- TSMS Development and Implementation
- Internal Audits
- Vessel Survey
- Incident Investigation
- Management Review Support
- Designated Person
To order, please contact (808) 282-4981 or firstname.lastname@example.org