Do you know what makes someone an “Everyday Safety Hero”? Here are some qualifications to look for:
- Safety and Health Leadership – Leadership in advocacy of worker safety and health initiatives which are above and beyond the traditional scope of one’s position
- Innovation in Safety and Health – Development of innovative practices and procedures that reduce occupational hazards or risk
- Promotion of Teamwork – Encouragement of team safety awareness, communications, and advocacy of safe and healthy workplace
- Hazard Identification and Correction – Encouragement of improved safety self-audits, incident reporting, and other practices which lead to hazard reduction
If you recognize these traits in someone you know, nominate them for the Everyday Safety Hero award! The awards will be announced during the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon at the annual Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo on March 14, 2018.
Nominees aren’t required to be safety or health professionals to be eligible; the award is designed to recognize those who are contributing to health and safety excellence in the workplace. Fill out a nomination form here.
Nominations are also open for the 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards (GWSA). This award recognizes Hoosier workplaces that instill a culture of employee safety and health. All Indiana workplaces are eligible for the awards. To qualify, nominees must be deemed free of compliance disputes concerning all applicable local, state and federal statutes and regulations. Find the application form here.
All submissions are due by January 19, 2018. Download application forms at www.insafetyconf.com/awards.
Two sets of workplace safety numbers to consider:
- In 2012, there were just over 500,000 nonfatal injuries and illnesses among a U.S. manufacturing workforce of 11.2 million. In that year, 314 manufacturing employees were killed in work-related accidents.
- Twenty years ago (in 1994), the totals were: 2.2 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses (the manufacturing workforce was 18.3 million) and 789 deaths from occupational injuries.
Are the 314 deaths too many? Undoubtedly. But in 18 years, the manufacturing injury rate was cut by nearly two-thirds and the fatality rate was more than 50% lower.
Kudos to the companies and employees putting a greater emphasis than ever on safety (more than 75% in a recent survey indicated their companies to beyond the safety requirements of government laws and regulations). And keep it up as all of us want to continue to see smaller numbers in these categories.
By the way, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2015 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo — simply the largest and best event of its kind.
The Indiana Chamber is no stranger to the conference and seminar business, averaging nearly one event a week throughout the year. Pair the Chamber with several strong allies, however, and what you have is a signature event in the 2009 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo.
The partners include the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Indiana Section and INSafe (a division of the Indiana Department of Labor). The event is February 23-25.
We’re not going to cover all the details here except to say myriad safety and health topics are on the agenda. National keynote speaker Michael Melnik and the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon are among the special features.
Check it out and register online. Hundreds of your colleagues — and competitors — will be there.