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Importance of Making a Safety Difference

Julie Copeland

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Do your workers feel they are safe on the job? Do they work without fear of getting hurt and the impact it would have on their family? Do they trust their employer to do everything possible to train and protect them so they can go home safely at the end of the day?

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I’m often asked to speak at conferences and industry functions on the topic of safety and keeping workers safe. It’s a topic that my family has embraced with a passion for three generations, starting with my grandfather in 1945 when he saw the need to protect local workers with proper hand protection.

My grandfather’s vision grew to protect more workers with different forms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and eventually training and education. Today, my sister, Robyn Zlotkin, and I own and operate a business that protects more than 360,000 workers a day. We project that number to grow rapidly in the next few years as we invest in product development and service offerings that meet the changing needs of our customers.

The safety industry continues to evolve as new products, training capabilities and technologies emerge. One thing is certain – workers will continue to need protection. They will need the proper training, support and encouragement to build a culture of safety. They will also need safety products to protect them from the dangers they face.

Just as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has continued to play a key role in identifying areas of health and safety improvement, so has Arbill. And just as OSHA has had a huge positive impact on protecting workers, as demonstrated by the statistics below, so has Arbill.

  • In four decades, OSHA and our state partners, coupled with the efforts of employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates, have had a dramatic effect on workplace safety.
  • Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have been reduced by more than 66 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
  • Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Worker injuries and illnesses are down–from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.2 per 100 in 2014.

As I share with the many organizations that we serve, it is up to each of us to make a safety difference in the lives we touch. Safety is an investment with big returns. An investment in safety can dramatically impact your bottom line in a positive way with fewer injuries, less down time, reduced medical claims, higher levels of production, improved employee morale, etc.

A safe and healthy workforce is typically a much happier workforce than one challenged with safety issues. It’s also much more successful.

By making a safety difference, you are choosing to protect your workers and your business. By building a culture of safety, you are changing the mindset from general safety awareness to a structured safety focus. That translates into workers watching out for each other and going above and beyond to put safety first. I can tell you first hand, for organizations that have embraced a safety culture, their reward has far exceeded their expectations.

Contact an Arbill Safety Expert today, to assess your own safety situation and see how can improve your results and keep your workplace safe. 

Have a safe day!

Topics: culture of safety, safety culture

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