Environmental Health & Safety
SEFA’s twin commitments – positive environmental impact and the safety and health of the communities we serve—drive everything that we do. We recognize that in order to be a leader in the service industry, safety has to be our highest value. We maximize the participation of our most valuable assets, our people, in developing and implementing our Safety Policies and Procedures to ensure a safe working environment. At our STAR® Facilities, modern emissions monitoring and control equipment meet stringent state and federal environmental regulations to protect air quality. Our employees and customers can know with certainty that SEFA will never rest in its efforts to achieve the safest working conditions in all areas of our business.
At our truck terminals and in our fleet, we have implemented technologies that enhance our commitment to safety to our employees and the motoring public. All of our drivers are Smith System trained and certified and are required to renew their safety training every two years. Our trucks are equipped with Electronic Logging Devices, and our drivers are dispatched electronically. Because safety is engrained in all that we do, our service to our customers is superior and efficient.
STAR® Plant Safety
STAR® Technology has been safely used for nine years. Recognizing the need for additional innovation to meet market needs for quality fly ash, SEFA developed and built the first STAR® Plant in 2008, using its patented thermal beneficiation process. The next generation STAR® Processing Facility opened in 2012. In 2015, The SEFA Group began commercial operations at the latest generation STAR® Plant, reclaiming and recycling coal ash from surface impoundments, or ponds. A leader in developing elite processes and practices in the life cycle of fly ash beneficiation, STAR® Units are designed with the latest control technologies to ensure environmental, worker, and public safety.
The SEFA Group ensures safe work practices at all SEFA facilities and outside operations. SEFA’s Health and Safety Program involves a mixture of training programs (multimedia software, formal instruction, and weekly or bi-weekly safety meetings to ensure that all employees receive specific training regarding the hazards that are unique to individual job assignments and OSHA required training. All Managers and Supervisors receive OSHA 30-hour training. We also use a written safety program for Manufacturing and for Field Operations, with a program for Zero Injury Techniques. Our expert team prioritizes the health and safety of our customers and our employees, as well as the environment in communities where we work.
At SEFA, we leverage technology in every aspect of our business to provide exceptional solutions to partners and customers, now and in the future. Like many of our innovations, new technologies were developed to solve complex issues in our industry. With increasing demand for high-quality fly ash, SEFA develops forecast models to evaluate the estimated future demand for the material.
The foundation of our Company is the willingness to serve. For over 40 years, SEFA has focused on providing a reliable supply of quality fly ash for the ready mix concrete industry. Throughout our history, we have also customized and added services that our utility or construction customers needed at the time. SEFA continues its strong heritage of integrity, excellence, safety, and unsurpassed service to its customers.
SEFA processes and markets environmentally sustainable products derived from fly ash for the concrete industry, recycling over 20 million tons of fly ash in the last 30 years. We are an integral part of some of the country’s most successful coal ash recycling programs. SEFA is making a positive impact for the future by cleaning up coal ash from ponds and removing it from the environment permanently.
Our Highest Priority
At SEFA we know that a safe working environment doesn’t happen overnight. To sustain our unwavering commitment to the safest working conditions in our field, we utilize a number of tools to ensure that team members are all communicating effectively and working together to achieve our goals. Our Safety Training Program ensures that all our employees can perform their job functions in a safe and efficient manner. The SEFA Safety Committee, comprised of hourly and management personnel, review leading indicators such as any unsafe conditions, unsafe acts and near misses, making it possible for us to identify areas of concern and take corrective action through engineering controls, administrative procedures, and personal protective equipment.
Transportation Safety Awards
While we hold ourselves to the highest standards, others have noticed and recognized our commitment to safety, like SEFA Transportation’s numerous awards and honors received from the South Carolina Trucking Association, where we are based. We were honored last year with first place for 5+ million miles.