Create an Uncompromising, Sustainable Safety System: An Executive Discussion

Create an Uncompromising, Sustainable Safety System: An Executive Discussion
How the Milliken Safety Way can lead you to zero incidents

An online training course produced by EHS Today, in partnership with Milliken Performance Solutions

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Duration: 4 hours total (3 hrs training, 1 hr lunch break). See schedule below
$199 flat rate -- good for a single attendee or your entire group. See details below

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As one of the safest companies in North America, Milliken & Company, a 145 year old chemical and textile company based in South Carolina, has been internationally recognized for its achievements in safety and operational excellence. Safety is the # 1 core value at Milliken & Company and the company has the privilege of operating 38 OSHA-certified Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR manufacturing sites.

As several recent high-profile incidents have demonstrated, it is imperative that corporations embrace safety as the uncompromising goal of the organization. Anything less than 100% participation of all employees could lead to a risk exposure that might be financially impactful.

The Milliken Safety Way is a proven and transferable system that engages all employees within the organization. With zero incidents as the driving goal, this proprietary system has been developed through a decade of benchmarking practices and processes and has helped Milliken & Company become a one of the safest privately held companies. The Milliken Safety Way leads to breakthroughs in employee safety, motivation, morale, and cost reduction. For the past three years Milliken’s global Total Injury and Incident Rate (TIIR) has been an impressive 0.50 compared to the U.S. industry average of 5.0.

Milliken's unique approach to safety can help any organization create a unique state of safety configuration. Each company must have its own culture and systems to ensure employee safety. This requires a level of leadership within the organization that must exist throughout different levels -- from the executive offices to the place where work is performed. This cultural transformation goes beyond the level of safety education. Everyone within the organization must be able to understand the vision and take an active role in driving the process as well as the safety message.

The Milliken Safety Way is an employee-centric approach to improving safety that is designed to build an organic, internal capability that is permanently infused into the organization. Milliken has been recognized repeatedly by organization such as EHS Today magazine as one of the safest companies in the U.S. Milliken is the only American company that has won the top manufacturing award in both the United States and Japan – the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the U.S. and the TPM Excellence Award sponsored by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. In addition, Milliken has been named on of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine for 4 years in a row.

What others are saying:

"Milliken’s promotion of a sound ethical environment shines within its industry and shows a clear understanding that operating under the highest standards for business behavior goes beyond goodwill and "lip-service" and is intimately linked to performance and profitability."
-- Alex Brigham, Executive Director, Ethisphere Institute

"I was impressed with the overall engagement of the workforce at the Milliken plants and the consistency in approach taken at each of the plants. We used the [Milliken Safety Way] because it was portable and could be used at any manufacturing operation regardless of type of manufacturing."
-- Milliken customer

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What you'll learn

Through numerous real-world Milliken situations, you will be able to understand the fundamental beliefs and strategies behind a successful world-class safety operation. Using the Milliken Safety Way as a benchmark, you will learn:

  • About the role and responsibilities of leadership in the safety process and some ways to obtain that commitment
  • How to create a team charter and the importance of reviewing that with on-site management
  • How to create, train, and educate sub-committees based on your particular environment and needs
  • What is meant by a safety “system” and employee involvement: the behavior, the training, the synergy and consensus that is needed
  • The importance of safety in the decision making process
  • Some of the steps to sustain this system and how to keep driving continuous improvement

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Who should attend
  • CEOs, COOs, VPs
  • Site Management
  • Corporate Safety Directors
  • Manufacturing companies looking to improve their safety performance
  • Non-manufacturing organizations struggling with safety issues
Bonus: Invitation to benchmark at Milliken plant

In addition to the in-depth review of the Milliken Safety Way provided during this online training session, select attendees will be invited to participate in a complementary follow-up plant tour and meeting with Milliken executives to benchmark Milliken's safety practices in person. Additional details about in-person site visits to Milliken's Spartanburg, South Carolina facilities will be discussed during the online training.

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Duration and timing

This online course will provide 3 hours of instruction. The first part of the instruction will last 1.5 hours, followed by a 1 hour break, followed by another 1.5 hour block of training. The course will begin at 11am EST/10am CST/9am MST/8am PST.

Time schedule:

Session times

Part one (2 hrs) Break (1 hr) Part two (2 hrs)
Eastern Standard Time 11:00am-12:30pm 12:30pm-1:30pm 1:30pm-3:00pm
Central Standard Time 10:00am-11:30am 11:30am-12:30pm 12:30pm-2:00pm
Mountain Standard Time 9:00am-10:30am 10:30am-11:30am 11:30am-1:00pm
Pacific Standard Time 8:00am-9:30am 9:30am-10:30am 10:30am-12:00pm

Viewers in other time zones: Click here to convert to your time zone

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Cost and benefits

Included with all registrations:

  • Live training course
  • Downloadable slides for note-taking
  • 1 year access to an on-demand version of the course


  • $199 flat rate for a single attendee or your entire group
    • As a benefit of your registration, you may invite as many people in your facility as you'd like to view this online training for no additional charge.
    • All participants must be viewing the training session on a single screen at a single location.
    • If you want to train people in multiple locations, or if each person requires their own screen to view, they must register separately.


A CD-ROM of the training session can be added to any registration for an additional $99

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Craig Long
Vice President, Milliken Performance Solutions
Milliken & Company

Phil McIntyre
Director of Business Development, Milliken Performance Solutions
Milliken & Company

Chris Glover
Director and Practitioner, Milliken Performance Solutions
Milliken & Company

Wayne Punch
Director, Milliken Safety Way
Milliken & Company

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Instructions for attending

This training session will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format. You will also have the ability to ask the instructor questions, and you can participate in polls the instructor pushes to the audience during the session.

After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the training course, as well as your unique password. On the day of the training, use the instructions in this email to log in. (You'll also receive reminder emails a few days before the training starts, with instructions and your password.)

A few days after the live training session is over, you'll receive an email informing you that the on-demand version is available.

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Questions? Contact [email protected]. You will receive a prompt response to your question.

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