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With Workers’ Memorial Day this week, now is the perfect time to talk about the meaning of workplace safety, and how we can all create a safer place to work.
In my role as CEO of The Chemours Company, nothing is more important to me than the safety of each and every one of our company’s 7,000 employees. I consistently promote my firm conviction that one injury is one too many.
I do this even in the face of some daunting numbers: According to Injury Facts, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This translates into 12,300 every day and 4.5 million each year.
Along with many other companies, Chemours’ success requires some employees to work in potentially hazardous environments. So, we all need to do everything we can to make sure that our work areas, even potentially hazardous ones, are safe.
That’s where a Safety 360 degree mindset comes in. Nowhere is this mindset more important than in the workplace. Safety 360 means thinking about safety from all angles and all sides – making it not just a priority, but an obsession. It’s a mindset that ought to be front and center for all professionals charged with the responsibility of protecting their employees from harm.
Applying this mindset in the workplace can vary based on the setting. But here are some general principles:
That’s what Safety 360 is all about. And by going all in with this mindset, together we can reduce workplace deaths and injuries to zero.
Click on the image above for a message from NSC Chairman Mark Vergnano, CEO of The Chemours Company.
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