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The Mission to Make Every Worker Safe

Julie Copeland

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Each week I use this space to share thoughts on safety. Sometimes I focus on newJulie Copeland with John Conway, Chairman and CEO of Crown Holdings, Inc., who presented Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. regulations. Other times I’ll specifically write about protecting hands or feet or eyes… and the importance of protecting our workers.

As the leader of a growing company, I am very involved with our team at Arbill and with our customers. I travel quite a bit. Yesterday I was with John Conway, Chairman and CEO of Crown Holdings, Inc., who presented Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence recognizing his support of policies critical to the success of manufacturing in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

Today I’m headed to Baltimore to participate in a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) event -- Summit & Salute – where I will participate in various events including Matchmaker, panel discussions and a special dinner where I have the opportunity to recognize outstanding women leaders and the companies that they represent.

On Friday, I will be in Philadelphia with a speaking opportunity at the Mayor’s Press Conference where the theme is Past, Present, Future of Economic Inclusion Strategy. More specifically, I’ll present to Mayor Nutter and others along with Michael Pearson, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair of Diversity and President Union Packaging, LLC.

I share this with you because my role for my company and the safety industry gives me opportunities to work with many different types of people and impact so many lives. Everything that I do from participating on a safety panel to guiding woman business owners to working with government leaders all comes down to one thing – making the workplace safe.

I received a call last week from a publication called Real Leaders Magazine and was informed that I was named one of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders (inspiring better leaders for a better world),  and that I was being featured in the upcoming issue of their publication. As nice as it was to learn of this recognition, it was not the most important thing that happened to me personally last week. The most important thing that happened last week was receiving a thank you note from a customer. The note was hand written from a Safety Director at a manufacturing plant in the southwest. It was simple and sincere and it touched me because we had made a difference in his life and the lives of his team. His message was one of appreciation for reducing injuries at his workplace and for teaching his team the importance of having a culture of safety.

As much as I travel and meet with high level professionals, the reward for me and my team at Arbill is helping each and every worker have the ability to work in a safe environment and return home safely at the end of each day to his or her family. That’s what it is all about. It’s not about selling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It’s not about all the safety training sessions that we offer. It is and will always be about the end result -- being safe.

The recognition in Leaders Magazine echoes that belief where they describe my “vision” as having an accident-free workplace. They quote me in the piece saying, “It’s not simply about the impact an accident has on an individual, but on families too.”


Whatever your role for your organization, we want you to be safe. We want you to be as productive as you can be without worry that you could get cut or burned or suffer a fall or something that would send you to a doctor and keep you from doing the things you love to do. If you’ve never worked with Arbill, consider that we have some of the best safety advisors in the country ready to meet your unique safety needs… and train you and your team in a way that will not only make them more safe, but will inspire them to embrace safety in the workplace. The note I received last week is one of dozens that I have received for helping organizations be safe and reach their full potential. And those notes never fail to move me and remind me that we still have much work to do.

For more information about Arbill, visit www.Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367. 

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, culture of safety, Worker safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Summit & Salute

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