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Serious about safety: Employers on top of continuing education

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July 11, 2011
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A survey of the companies with the broadest readership of ISHN finds some striking commonalities, despite the differences in industry types and corporate structure and size.

Companies that value safety articulate their philosophies in policy statements that increasingly encompass sustainability and environmental stewardship as part of their EHS package.

ISHN’s “Top 100” list of companies with the most subscribers to the magazine represents diverse technologies, products and services, from energy to aerospace, food and plastics to paint and paper, transportation to the government sector. Many of their safety statements reference regulatory compliance as a part — but not the entirety — of their programs. Some, like DuPont, cite specific goals: “zero injuries and zero incidents.” Others use the opportunity to take pride in their achievements, such as Georgia Pacific’s having been named safest industry for seven years in a row. Workplace health and safety is not a static field. Its continuous evolution necessitates continuous education. Companies truly committed to safety make the effort to stay on top of the news, research, trends, products and best practises and use emerging information to shape, adjust and fine-tune their corporate safety programs.

The top ten companies with the most ISHN subscriptions are: International Paper, Tyson Foods, DuPont, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, Georgia Pacific, Sherwin Williams, XPEDX, U.S. Postal Service and 3M.

1. International Paper
International Paper

 

“An essential part of our business strategy is to make products in a safe and healthful workplace, to manage natural resources wisely, and to continually improve our environmental performance. We are committed to removing the conditions and behaviors injury or environmental impact.” — John Faraci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

International Paper also offers employees a HealthyLife program that provides cash incentives for making long-term lifestyle changes — a strategy that helps the company control health care costs.

2. Tyson Foods 
Tyson Foods

“Team Members within Tyson Foods are entitled to a safe workplace. Tyson Foods is committed to work with all appropriate governmental agencies to accomplish this goal. Team Members must be committed to accomplish this goal as well and must perform work tasks by following all safety procedures for which training has been provided.”

Tyson’s Team Member Bill of Rights protects the rights of employees to file safety complaints without fear of reprisal and provides for safety committees that meet regularly to examine and implement safety practices.

3. DuPont
DuPont

 

“At DuPont, we believe that all injuries are preventable. Our goal is zero: zero injuries and zero incidents. Only when safety is integrated into an organization as a core business and personal value can this goal be accomplished. Thousands of DuPont workers have gone many decades without a lost-time injury, and continue to benefit from our strong safety culture…. DuPont also believes that safety is an important part of a company’s future success. A safe workplace is more productive, and helps in the recruitment of new talent. It enhances how the business is perceived by both internal and external audiences. Bottom line: A safe workplace is good business.”

4. Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman

“Northrop Grumman Corporation has long recognized that people are our most valuable resource. For this reason, we are committed to provide a safe and healthful workplace and to conduct our business activities in an environmentally responsible manner that will preserve natural resources and minimize adverse impacts or health/safety risks to our employees, customers and the community. It is our policy to conduct our operations in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and to strive for continual improvement in our environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance.”

5. Honeywell
Honeywell

“It is Honeywell’s policy to establish and manage a safe and healthy work environment and to manage its business in ways that are sensitive to the environment. The Company will comply with all regulatory requirements regarding health, safety and protection of the environment. To help safeguard ourselves and others and our facilities, the Company will conduct and support research on the effects of materials and products it handles or sells; share promptly any information it may obtain relative to any found hazard; conduct preventive safety and loss prevention and occupational health programs, and require that equipment and operating practices meet all applicable regulatory requirements.” — from the company’s Code of Business Conduct

6. Georgia Pacific
Georgia Pacific

“We take great pride in our ranking as the safest company in the forest products industry. We are so serious about safety that we have been named the safest forest products company in the industry seven years in a row. Anything less is unacceptable.” From the company’s Environment, Health and Safety Policy: “Georgia-Pacific, worldwide, will manage operations and develop, produce, distribute and market products in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors and the communities in which we operate, while fully complying with applicable laws and regulations. The company will continuously improve Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) performance toward a goal of zero incidents.”

7. Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams

“The Sherwin-Williams EHS policy, issued by Chairman and CEO Chris Connor, outlines our commitment to protecting the environment and the safety and health of our employees, customers and the public.

This policy details the Sherwin-Williams commitment to

• Provide our employees with a safe and healthful workplace

• Conserve resources and prevent pollution

• Comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws and supplement that compliance with our own environmental, health and safety guidelines

• Continually improve in our environmental, safety and health performance 

Corporate and Division leadership, from top management to front line supervisors, are responsible and accountable for EHS compliance and for managing EHS risks within their organizations. Their active participation includes integrating sound EHS management practices into their routine business practices. Every employee is expected to understand this policy and accept the responsibility to comply with all the supporting procedures and programs intended to protect themselves, coworkers, their community and the environment.”


8. XPEDX
XPEDX

“An essential part of our sustainable business strategy is to run our operations in a safe and healthy workplace and to continually improve our environmental performance. We are committed to:

• Working with employees to create and maintain an accident-free workplace

• Emphasizing prevention of emissions and elimination of excursions

We enthusiastically embrace the challenges we all face to safeguard our world. We are committed to stretching our imaginations, engaging the creativity of our employees and working with our customers and partners to discover new approaches and innovative solutions. We recognize that we must continuously improve. That’s why we are always open to fresh thinking and gauging our progress. The core of our sustainability philosophy is that we must work together to drive business success while Sustaining a Better World for Generations.”

9. U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Postal Service


The USPS attributes the 2.35 percent improvement in its annual safety record to risk analysis, training and employee awareness efforts. The USPS has 164 worksites in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and uses the Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process (ERRP) to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders, “build labor/management teams with ergonomic skills and cultivate partnerships to identify and control ergonomic risk.”

Additionally, the USPS uses an Employee Health and Safety (EHS) management system for reporting and managing accidents, injuries and illnesses, allowing for more efficient caseload management.

10.3M

3M

 “3M is committed to meeting our environmental, health and safety (EHS) goals for 3M products and processes, and to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It is 3M policy to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all, and to minimize the impact of our production processes and products on the environment.

Employees and others acting on 3M’s behalf are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable EHS laws and regulations, as well as with 3M’s related policies, standards and guidelines. 3M management also is responsible for ensuring that employees and others acting on 3M’s behalf are properly trained in these laws and policies. Professionals in all areas of EHS relating to products, operations and workplace safety are available to assist in these matters.”

11. BAE Systems

12. Cargill Inc.

13. Lockheed Martin

14. PPG Industries Inc.

15. ConocoPhillips

16. Praxair Inc.

17. BASF Corporation

18. Fastenal Co.

19. Parker Hannafin Corp.

20. Airgas

21. Kinder Morgan

22. Sherwin Williams Co.

23. Caterpillar Inc.

24. Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

25. General Motors

26. Perdue Farms Inc.

27. INVISTA

28. RR Donnelley

29. BASF Corporation

30. OSHA

31. PPG Industries

32. Tyson Foods

33. BASF Corporation

34. Xcel Energy

35. Alcoa

36. American Electric Power

37. Boeing

38. BP

39. Chevron

40. Georgia Pacific

41. Kraft Foods

42. Eaton Corp.

43. Grainger

44. Georgia Pacific

45. Halliburton

46. Packaging Corp. of America

47. USPS

48. Verso paper

49. Arkema

50. General Electric

51. ExxonMobil

52. Gerdau Ameristeel

53. Sunoco Products Co.

54. BASF Corporation

55. Alcoa

56. Cintas

57. Domtar

58. Parker Hannafin

59. Eastman Chemical Company

60. General Dynamics

61. Nucor Steel

62. Pilgrims Pride

63. Temple Inland

64. Trane

65. Air Products Chemicals

66. Arcelormittal

67. Gichner Shelter Systems

68. Sun Chemical Corp.

69. Berry Plastics

70. Caterpillar

71. Cummins Inc.

72. General Mills

73. Johns Manville

74. Johnson Controls Inc.

75. Sugar Creek Packing Co.

76. The Boeing Company

77. Unimin Corporation

78. U.S. Army

79. U.S. Department of Labor OSH

80. Westar Energy

81. Arkema Inc.

82. Conagra Foods

83. Dart Container Corp.

84. GE

85. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

86. Graphite Products Inc.

87. Lubrizol

88. Monsanto

89. Nestlé USA

90. Norandex Distribution Inc.

91. Pepsi Bottling Group

92. Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.

93. Sealed Air Corp.

94. URS Corporation

95. Valspar

96. Vulcan Materials Co.

97. 3M Company

98. AmeriGas Inc.

99. Brown Wilbert Inc.

100. Cargill

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