Green Cross Safety Excellence Award

Nationwide Earns Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award

Nationwide established the Substance Use Response Plan, which educates leaders and associates, helps keep the Nationwide workplace safer and substance-free, and helps moderate the benefit expense for the company and associates. The Substance Use Response Plan features monthly training to enable leaders to recognize impairment in the workplace and innovative activities for associates, such as providing drug destruction bags. Associates found to be impaired at work are given the option for treatment rather than terminated. Program results have been outstanding. Since 2015, 100% of associates who have successfully completed the two-year follow-up program have maintained sobriety. These methods, Nationwide’s policies, creative materials and response plan have been shared widely at no cost to other employers in the area through the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance.

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Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Lockheed Martin’s Archbald Operations applied an innovative approach to address musculoskeletal disorders utilizing employee involvement, a cost-effective visual aid, and education to manage risks for a moderate-sized manufacturing facility. Ergonomic-related injuries were reduced 75% through the use of the ERGO stick – a quick, user-friendly method of evaluating ergonomic conditions – along with in-person training. Utilizing the Close Call system to report results of the workplace ergonomic assessments, this integrated program has converted the discussion of ergonomic risks from lagging indicators to leading indicators, as employees now actively seek out and report ergonomic risks before injury occurs.

Each year in New Jersey, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are injured and more than 150 are killed in motor vehicle crashes. Street Smart NJ, implemented locally by TransOptions, is a statewide initiative aimed at combatting the high rate of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Since 2013, TransOptions has coordinated with local police departments and local businesses, churches, schools and elected officials to creatively bring safety messages to the public. Results are promising. For example, in the Town of Newton, observations showed a 34% decrease in mid-block crossing and a 21% decrease in cars not stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk.


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