CELEBRATING AMERICA'S SAFEST COMPANIES

Wanted: A few good companies. Must have safety as a corporate value. Must engage employees in the safety process. Must be able to quantify safety results. Must have injury and illness rates below industry average. Must promote innovative solutions to safety challenges. Must offer comprehensive, safety-related educational programs for employees. Must show evidence that prevention of fatalities, injuries and illnesses is the cornerstone of the safety process. Must have good communication with workers about the value of safety. Must be willing to commit resources to safety. Must be willing to mentor other companies in safety. Must be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…

Ok, I added that last one as a joke, but you get the idea. America's Safest Companies is no joking matter. We take the business — the mission — of safety seriously here at Occupational Hazards, and we know you do too. Want the world to know how seriously you take safety? Fill out an America's Safest Companies application, which you can find on our Web site at http://www.occupationalhazards.com/AmericasSafestCompanies. You also will find the names of more than 80 companies honored as some of America's Safest, as well as photos from our awards party in Chicago last year.

Who Are America's Safest Companies?

America's Safest Companies honorees range in size from fewer than 60 employees to more than 100,000. They operate one facility or hundreds of facilities in dozens of countries. They are in manufacturing, oil and gas production, distribution, transportation, public utilities, construction, remediation … you name it and an America's Safest Company probably does it.

While they might not have much in common on the surface, all of America's Safest Companies share a passion for safe work that goes far beyond compliance with federal regulations or a written safety program. All believe that zero injuries are possible and that striving for anything else is doing a disservice to their employees and their business.

If you believe your company meets the criteria I listed — and especially if you can leap tall buildings in a single bound — please fill out the application on our Web site and return it to me by July 15. I'll be waiting to hear from you.

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