Earlier today we were pleased to announce IWCO Direct has been recognized by two leading organizations for our commitment to workplace safety. Next week IWCO Direct will receive a Governor’s Safety Award for Meritorious Achievement from the Minnesota Safety Council. We were also recognized with a 2015 Industry Safety Leader Award and a Most Improved Safety Performance Award by the Envelope Manufacturers Association during the organization’s Spring Meeting earlier this month.
While we may not highlight our safety efforts often, safety is a focus in everything we do. In light of this recent recognition, we wanted to note a few of the important enhancements we’ve made to our safety culture over the past year that helped us achieve these safety awards:
- We established Safety Committees at the beginning of 2015 with employees known to have a passion for safety and improvement at all of our facilities. These teams underwent training on safety inspections, how to detect workplace hazards and how to properly investigate incidents to prevent them from happening again.
- We implemented Tool Box Talks, which are short discussions focused on a specific safety issue.
- We hired additional safety personnel.
New Ideas and New Ways of Looking at Safety
Along with a focus on our operations and procedures, we also began to infuse behavior-based safety into our culture. With the majority of all workplace injuries attributable, at least in part, to at-risk behaviors, we wanted all employees to obtain a better understanding of why unsafe behavior may occur, so their behaviors can be changed.
We’ve also made safety an important part of our Positive Culture on the production floor, with open communication on all subjects, including safety. Safety discussions are a regular part of department meetings and on the production floor, especially during production supervisors’ Continuous Improvement (CI) walks. This has increased employee involvement in bringing forward safety ideas. Immediate action and response is now required by supervisors on all safety related CI ideas.
Finally, our focus on safety has extended beyond traditional job functions to include the well-being of our employees. Through our employee communications, we regularly provide wellness tips that range from how to prevent illnesses, to practicing safe driving habits, to preventing trips and falls. When it comes to our employees’ safety and well-being, nothing is off limits.
Maintaining consistent operations without downtime due to injuries and creating safer, happier employees are just two of the benefits of our commitment to safety. I’d like to thank everyone for working so diligently to help us achieve these safety awards, and who start every day intent on reaching our goal of zero injuries.
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