Designed to create a zero-harm culture in the workplace, Zero October and Have A Safe Day programs reduce workplace injuries by 13 percent
GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ - As part of its commitment to improving workplace safety and reducing injuries, Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, launched Zero October last month, a month-long initiative dedicated to facilitating a zero-harm culture at all Sodexo work sites. The initiative was supported by Sodexo’s ongoing Have A Safe Day program, which encourages employees at all levels to have conversations about safety.
We all know the sayings: “Safety first”, “better safe than sorry”, “safety begins with you.” These phrases are everywhere, on posters, in emails—so ubiquitous, in fact, that we start to tune them out. We know that safety is important, but it’s easy to take it for granted.
Taking safety for granted, however, is the last thing we want to do. There’s nothing more important than our wellbeing, of course. But did you know that companies that invest in safety actually save money?
In his first column for the newly launched CodeWatcher magazine, Green Builder Media founder Ron Jones talks about builders’ reactions to regulation.
If one were to listen only to the endless railings of the building industry voices against every form of regulation–but most especially any proposed increases in energy performance requirements and the attendant adoption of codes and standards that are developed to implement and enforce those enhancements–it might be easy to assume that the loud and stubborn opposition on the part of industry practitioners is universal. My experience tells me that nothing could be further from the truth.
As owner of some 6,000 trucks, SUVs, and cars used in field operations across a sprawling 22-state system, Norfolk Southern ranks as a Top 100 commercial fleet. In 2015, the company piloted a test using telematics technology to enhance driver safety. NS saw improvements across a range of driving performance metrics, including benefits beyond safety – such as better fuel economy.
As demographic shifts accelerate the changing global workforce, leaders who leverage the diversity of their employee populations and create an inclusive culture, could see higher levels of safety and engagement within their organization. While there is not necessarily a causal relationship between inclusion, safety, and engagement, some studies reflect a correlation between these indicators and positive business outcomes.
Despite a more than 20% increase in company revenue, CBRE continued to improve its safety record in 2015, including a top-tier 0.72 total recordable injury rate for the year. This success points to our ability to attract and retain more than 240 of the highest quality Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) professionals.
Designing the optimal environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability organization is a complicated equation, but according to a new report by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), about a third of responding companies combine these functions at the corporate level.
Based on a survey of 193 companies from across industry sectors, NAEM’s 2016 Staffing, Structure and Budgets report reveals that 59 percent of companies are managing EHS as a combined function at the corporate level; 32 percent now have a function that combines EHS with sustainability.
EHS managers of lower-risk facilities understand that, while compliance is a must, their highest priority is ensuring employees work in a safe, comfortable and protected environment. But as companies focus their attention on expanding locally and globally, some EHS risks can be unknown or overlooked.
As cars become digitized and connected to enable a better driving experience, enhance safety and relieve congestion, the threat of a cyber event is ever present. But General Motors goes to great lengths to protect both customer lives and their personal information.