Magazine article Occupational Hazards

World-Class Safety

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

World-Class Safety

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by William Atkinson and Michael A. Verespej

What is world-class safety? Ask 10 people and you could receive 10 different answers, and probably all of them would be right on target.

The 2003 American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference offered an interesting and timely round-table discussion on this very topic. While the participants' answers to the question varied, they agreed upon several companies that in their estimation, defined world-class safety.

Three of those companies mentioned--Bechtel Group Inc., DuPont and Johnson & Johnson--were chosen as America s Safest Companies by Occupational Hazards this year. Some of the people quoted in the following articles--and who work at some of America's Safest Companies--attended that session, perhaps to see if their safety process measured up to the 'big boys" of safety, or perhaps to discover ways to improve already stellar safety programs.

From tiny Quincy Compressor of Bay Minette, Ala., with its 141 employees, to mighty Johnson & Johnson, with 108,000 employees in 54 countries, what do America's Safest Companies 2003 have in common? They all treat safety as a business value. Not a priority. Not a process. Not a program. A value.

"When you prioritize something, that means it's not always going to be at the top of your list. A core value is woven in everything you do, every business decision you make," says Kevin S. Berg, principal vice president and manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Services at Bechtel. …

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