Safety Summit Secures Team Approach

Jensen Precast recently staged a three day conference with safety leaders from across company’s manufacturing facilities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon. Hosted by Jensen Precast’s Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Department, the primary aim of the 2019 Safety Summit was to standardize methods for greater safety outcomes.

“Our number one goal for every facility is safety,” says Adam Cleghorn, Director of EHS at Jensen Precast. “Every month we address in detail better ways to ensure our employees are as safe as possible. In addition to our companywide activities, each of our facilities has ongoing safety activities. The Safety Summit pulls together all of our collective learning from the various activities to reaffirm everyone is on the same page when it comes to methods, tactics, reports, goals, and outcomes.

“We focused a lot on standardizing our approaches and learning materials. We want to ensure our employees gain the same education when it comes to safety at Jensen Precast.”

Among the topics covered over the three day session, which took place in Sparks, Nevada, were Adult Learning Theory, New Hire Orientation, Accident Investigation, Corridor of Care/Claims, Environmental Planner, Transportation Discussion, Plant Safety Audit Review, and Jensen Precast Safety Program. Attendees also made field trips to company facilities in Sparks, including the first manufacturing plant purchased in 1972 and the MetalTech shop that opened in 2010.

During the final day of the Safety Summit, EHS introduced a new initiative designed to support Jensen Precast facilities in preparing for application to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), considered the pinnacle of achievement for effective safety and health management systems. Named the President’s Safety Program Challenge, the comprehensive program features three phases and seven focus areas in each phase.

“We developed the President’s Safety Program Challenge to strengthen our safety culture companywide,” says Cleghorn. “We adapted it from the OSHA VPP Challenge. In essence the program is a tool that will help guide our health and safety efforts on the road to becoming world class.”

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