I received a phone call this past week from a very nice lady in South Carolina. She is the HR Administrator from a large fabrication company. They are in the process of improving their Safety Program. She found a video of Ebsco’s First Responder drills on-line and wanted to know more about our Safety Program.
First off I want to thank Erin, our Marketing Manager. She worked hard to put together and post these videos and then worked to get them out there on the web. Your hard work paid off Erin, they found us.
I was very proud when I received that call. Our Safety Program is very good and continually improving. The reason it is so great is due to the people who put it together, make it work and keep it improving. That would be Ebsco’s Safety Team. They are not paid extra for these duties and they all volunteered to serve on the team. They really take safety seriously, and because of them so does everyone else at Ebsco.
They have put together a program that is based on ISO 18001, Occupation Health and Safety Management System. Creating a true management system for safety ensures we consistently cover all the bases and are always reviewing our program for improvement. But most importantly they have brought safety to the forefront at Ebsco. Safety has evolved to not something we do but a part of everything we do. They have created a culture of safety that involves everyone. The Ebsco Team takes safety very seriously.
Our Safety Team drills the entire staff. Evacuation drills, Tornado drills, First Responder drills, Hazardous Spill Drills. Every drill is analyzed and our system improved. Our first responders (volunteer firefighters) do blood pressure screenings for the staff every week. It’s a great benefit for the employees and it keeps them sharp on a skill they might need in an emergency.
Our Safety Team Leader, Kelly walks the entire facility everyday looking for safety issues. The Safety Team Members divide up the facility and weekly do detailed audits of safety in every department. When issues are found supervisors, our maintenance staff and department members stop and make those issue a priority. The Safety Team keeps safety in front of everyone, everyday.
The Safety Team does JHA’s, Job Hazard Analysis. This is an in-depth analysis of individual processes and machines looking for safety issues and then, as a group finds solutions. They work closely with management developing training programs that emphasize safety and stay up to date with new risks they uncover.
The Team has broken down individual safety topics for in-depth monthly reviews. Each topic is presented to the entire Ebsco Team at a monthly safety meeting. In depth audits are done on each topic including inspections. The written Ebsco policy on that topic is reviewed and updated every year.
If you can’t tell, I am VERY PROUD of our Safety Team. If you could only get one thing right, I think this is a great place to start. A safe working environment saves Ebsco money but MOST important it keeps our team safe. The emphasis is on each individual taking responsibility for their own personal safety. This doesn’t happen without leadership creating a culture and constantly reinforcing it. Our Safety Team are those leaders.
Accidents by definition aren’t planned and can’t be planned for. That’s why safety is so difficult. A good safety plan attempts to identify and anticipate every possible situation and then reduce the possibility that it will occur. A tough job. Ebsco does it well with the leadership of the Safety Team and the involvement of every single Team Member. I hate to think of what would have happened the past few years without everyone’s efforts.
I was really proud when someone outside of Ebsco recognized us for our safety program.
To sum it all up;
THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE EBSCO TEAM FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE ON SAFETY,
AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE EBSCO SAFETY TEAM FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to start planning for our September Safety topic.