Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today released a new white paper titled “How We Should Talk about Safety Culture: Rewriting the Conversation,” in conjunction with National Safety Month in June.

Published on  The Safety Record SM by Grainger, the white paper introduces a new model that defines safety culture as an outcome of what management says about safety and what workers see, rather than a starting point that regulates safety practices. With the outcome model as a guide, safety leaders can be more proactive – recognizing safety improvements as an economic and competitive opportunity – as opposed to viewing safety as a cost or threat and taking a day- to-day reactive approach.

“National Safety Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance for businesses to continuously look at and improve their safety practices,” said Travis Kruse, Grainger Senior Director of Safety Services and Solutions. “Through this white paper, we want to help safety leaders reframe the conversation with their stakeholders around building a strong safety culture and how it can influence the overall effectiveness of their operations while preventing workplace accidents.”

Launched in October, The Safety Record by Grainger is an online resource center for customers to stay current on trends in worker and facility safety. The free-of-charge website provides workplace safety managers with information needed to help keep their employees and facilities safe and minimize the opportunities for injuries or fines from violations.

Grainger is a leader in safety services and solutions, offering high-quality products, technical support and training to help customers keep their people safe and maintain compliance. In 2016, safety and security products represented nearly 20 percent of Grainger sales.

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About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2016 sales of $10.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of  maintenance, repair and operating product (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.