Journey to a culture of Zero Accidents
We want the journey to a Zero Accident Culture to be a good way to integrate Safety at all levels throughout our company to make AstenJohnson a safer and better place to work than even today.
Using best practices of world-class organizations as well as independent research, AstenJohnson associates have indentified three values to help realize a Zero Accident Culture:
We all must be accountable for our actions through consistency, coaching, and fairness. Even if that means speaking up when a teammate is not safe. It can save lives so we must do it.
We need all Associates dedicated to a sustainable process of leadership, recognition, and ongoing learning with a passion for Zero accidents.
A caring and respectful team culture with openness to observation that is helpful to all associates' health and safety
We want everyone to elevate these values through new training, communication, and organization initiatives. With these values and your support, we seek to achieve a Zero Accident Culture.
Behavior Based Safety takes a systematic approach to increase safe behaviors. It is an ongoing effort that involves all associates from line operators and office workers, safety leaders and supervision, Field Sales/Service associates, to senior management.
We work to understand the causes of incidents and near misses, and identify if unsafe behaviors are at fault. Furthermore, we dig deeper to discover if there are underlying issues driving the unsafe behaviors. In this way, safety becomes a value, rather than a task, and becomes ingrained in every associate’s day.
We build on this culture with consistency and positive reinforcement. Consistency ensures that we all follow safety protocol when it is required, as well as in other situations. Recognizing our team members when they make an observation or change that improves safety, improves our workplace and helps build consistency.
“You see that you have impacted people when, outside of work, their mindset has changed.”
“I took my car to the garage for work to be done. It was a nice, brand new ‘state of the art’ garage all lit up and clean with professional looking employees. I was invited to walk into the work area to pick up my replacement car. On the door was a big warning sign stating that you should wear eye protection. Two thoughts instantly came to me:
Then, as I walked in, I quickly noticed that none of the employees and mechanics were wearing safety glasses despite the sign! I told myself that this would never be tolerated at AstenJohnson. This situation made me appreciate how Safety conscious AstenJohnson has become since we started our ZAC™ program. You see that you have impacted people when, outside of work, their mindset has changed.""
-Charles-André Sirois, Advanced Fabrics, NA