Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, OR)
October 16, 2013
A coordinated approach to workplace safety across Cardno's operations is keeping employees and clients safer via integration into the company culture.
As a senior principal in Portland, I can see safety culture and performance advancing through execution of our program. Safety is a core value of Cardno, and we are continuing to drive expansion of a behavior-based program through Zero Harm.
Zero Harm is for every job, every day. The global safety program is a fundamental part of the everyday work environment for Cardno employees around the world. Through leadership, education and communication, the program is making a significant contribution in further raising the standards of work health and safety across the company.
"Zero Harm is not just a commitment to the safety of our employees; it's also an assurance for anyone who may be affected by our work, including our clients and the communities in which we work," Managing Director Andrew Buckley said. "Our safety program goes beyond compliance, to the point where safety is now a core value of our business. It's part of our DNA. "
According to Buckley, having more than 250 office locations and a wide range of job roles across the business is no barrier to the program's success.
"Some of us work on environmental or emerging markets project sites," he said. "Others are working on bridges, buildings, rivers or roads. And many work in our laboratories, technical facilities and offices. Zero Harm captures the belief that regardless of job type or location, safety is a critical part of our business and we can operate anywhere without incidents. "
Group Operations Manager Ross Thompson said the diversity of Cardno's services gives the business a wealth of knowledge on how to work safely.
"Our clients can benefit from this," Thompson said. "Our U.S. environmental business Cardno ATC provides safety training to external clients and we're constantly sharing information across the company. If an incident happens, no matter how minor, we'll immediately share the lessons learned across our global operations. "
According to Thompson, the number one attribute any company needs for a successful safety program is grassroots action. He says that robust policies and effective materials are fundamental, but must be accompanied with practical action.
"What actually happens on the ground is critical," he said. "Stopping to have a safety moment, conducting risk assessments, holding toolbox talks before starting work and embracing a strong reporting culture—all of this is essential."
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