Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Opening the Door for Employee Participation in Safety

Employee involvement can enhance a safety program ...

"This Montgomery, Pa., company encourages employees to serve on safety committees and act as "safety points."

Dell Pratt, safety coordinator at Springs Window Fashions, believes there's no magic in being one of America's Safest Companies. "It's hard work," he says, of a safety process that has earned the company Voluntary Protection Program Star honors from OSHA and recognition from the governor of Pennsylvania. "There's no magic involved."

Of the company's 783 associates, approximately 103 serve on a safety committee, and all supervisors and managers participate on one of the company's safety committees. The plant manager, Doreen Decker, serves as the co-chairperson (along with Pratt) of the Central Safety and Health Committee at Springs Window Fashions.

"I've seen some great written safety programs that sit in a book on a shelf, collecting dust. Ours is a process, and we not only encourage employees to get involved on safety committees and to monitor the safety behaviors of their coworkers, we empower them to correct any unsafe condition. Associates are given the time and training to do all of the departmental safety audits each month," says Pratt."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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