We are proud to serve such a remarkable company! I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend Schneider Electric’s safety council meeting in Chicago this April, where the National Safety Council’s 2011 Green Cross for safety medal was presented. Schneider Electric is the first company to receive both the Green Cross for Safety Medal and the Robert W. Campbell Award for Workplace Safety.
Schneider walks the walk
Ergonomics Plus has been providing services to Schneider Electric facilities since 1995, and I can tell you that this recognition is very well deserved. Safety is at the heart of Schneider Electric operations. They not only talk the talk each and every day, but they walk the walk as well.
Chris Curtis on Safety Culture
When you hear Chris Curtis speak about the leadership committment to building a safety culture within Schneider Electric’s operations, it’s easy to understand why they were selected to receive the Green Cross for Safety Medal. Here are some highlights from the Q&A with Mr. Curtis:
“Safety leadership means we’re doing everything possible to ensure our people come to work and leave work without injury. It’s a leadership imperative, in my opinion – to continually show our people, in our words and actions, that their safety is our No. 1 priority. It means putting safety first in everything we do. Our people know if we cannot complete the job safely, then we will not do the job. We are very clear that we will never conduct business in a manner that would put our employees at risk.”
“I am proud to say our safety culture is stronger than ever, and safety is part of our DNA. From an unwavering focus on accident prevention to extending our message of safety beyond the workplace, keeping our employees and their families safe and healthy at work and home has become definitive of our culture. It really comes down to a responsibility and obligation to our people.”
“Creating a safety culture requires continual communication and reinforcement at every level of the organization. Every communication we do, from all-employee meetings to our daily production supervisor meetings on the factory floor, starts with a message on safety – how we’re doing, how important it is, and everyone’s role in creating and maintaining a safer workplace.”
“Our improved safety performance has generated more than $10 million a year in direct savings to our company. We call this our safety dividend. We use it to reinvest in our people through programs like free health assessments, personal fitness subsidies, onsite fitness centers, “green” teams and other programs that encourage our people to be safe, healthy and community-minded.”
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