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Worker Safety -- A Family Legacy

Julie Copeland

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When you dedicate yourself to protecting workers and saving lives, you are rewarded eachArbill is a family-owned business dedicated to protecting workers. day with knowing that the people you protect get to go home at the end of the day to be with their family. We envision a future in which every worker makes it home safely, every day. Working together, we WILL reduce injuries in the workplace. This is our Mission. This is what we believe.

What started as a hand protection business by my grandfather back in 1945 initially serving the needs of Philadelphia area workers has grown in the past 70 years to being the only manufacturer and distributor of industrial safety products and environmental health and safety consulting, and training services that build a culture of safety.

Though this blog is typically dedicated to safety news and advice on protecting workers, today I’d like to focus on safety achievement. It’s no secret that our passion is all around reducing injuries in the workplace and ensuring every employee goes home safely every day. That passion drives everything we do from designing customer services to searching out workplace safety needs and developing innovative solutions. We are a third-generation safety manufacturing company with a national footprint, an innovative product engineering group with the desire to improve workplace safety by developing products that are designed to provide solutions to meet general safety requirements and specific safety threats.

Last week, at a special event in New York City, Arbill was named by DiversityBusiness.com as the #1 Woman-Owned Business in the State of Pennsylvania. We were also recognized as the #76 Woman-Owned Business in the United States. We are humbled to earn this achievement. We are also excited that our Executive Vice President Robyn Zlotkin (my sister) and I will be accepting the 2015 Philadelphia SmartCEO Family Business Award on Wednesday, May 6th. Here’s a recent video featuring Robyn: Arbill video.

We share these recognitions with not only the dedicated people that bring the passion at Arbill every day, but the workers who inspire us to keep improving.

I learned a long time ago that if you put your heart and soul into your work… if you surround yourself with people who believe what you believe and are dedicated and passionate, good things will happen. And good things have happened in the past 70 years. We’ve helped many organizations grow because we helped them become safer and more productive. As a distributor and a manufacturer, we’ve had the ability to distribute quality personal protective equipment (PPE) from brands like 3M, Honeywell and DuPont, and also manufacture a line of products called Truline.

Arbill is a member of the National Safety Council which provides access to OSHA data as well as interpretation of the data. Statistics indicate that there are more than 3 million injuries in the U.S. each year so there are plenty of opportunities to improve this situation. A good example is when data indicated there was a problem with safety glasses sliding down due to sweat, allowing residue to get into the eyes. Arbill developed new wraparound glasses with a new nose piece and introduced the product to the marketplace to remedy both issues.

Our research and development efforts have led us to create formulations and concepts so we can bring new products to the market. We developed a new polarized eye glass lens because traditional lenses were fogging. We developed different materials for gloves to create new grips. We developed a new glove that blends Lycra with steel and glass to create a cut-level five (rating system) glove with great comfort. The market had not asked for the product, but we knew the market would appreciate it once the benefits were understood. When the utility marketplace was experiencing a shortage of gloves that could meet voltage requirements, we worked with a customer and a new manufacturer to produce a product with new features that could be manufactured from that point forward in adequate supply to meet demand.

We are also confident enough to make a bold offer. We’re so sure of our ability to help our customers that we offer an Arbill Promise that they will experience a 10 percent reduction in workplace incidences. No other company does that.

Giving back to the community is also important to us. I believe everyone should be protected and not just those we have as clients. Arbill helps during disasters by partnering with groups like Convoy of Hope to ensure safety products are delivered to rescue workers on-site in a timely manner. We have the Arbill Give Back Program also in which Arbill makes a donation of safety equipment to an organization in need on behalf of a new customer.

Earning the 2015 Family Business Award from SmartCEO is especially meaningful. We are a family business. And as a mother of three I have a true compassion for ensuring every worker gets home to their families each day. I understand the impact that has on the family. When a family member does not come home the same way he or she left, that affects a son or daughter for the rest of their life. What we do is less about a transaction and more about carrying out a mission to make a difference.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your safety needs and keep your workers safe.

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

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, protect workers on the job, Worker safety, OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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