Sounds like a great idea. How does it work?
Jesse: Teams of employees are rewarded for consistent periods of safe working with no recordable incidents. The definition of a recordable incident is based in Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) guidelines and in very simple terms it is defined as an injury that requires treatment beyond first aid or requires prescription medication. There are five levels of achievement: Bronze (500 hours with no recordable incidents), Silver (1,000 hours), Gold (2,000 hours), Platinum (4,000 hours) and Diamond (10,000 hours).
Lee: When a team achieves Platinum status, it's a big deal for the whole site. We congratulate the team in front of all the other employees and present them with a banner for their work area which shows everyone that they have achieved Platinum status. They also get a cake and each team member receives a fleece jacket embroidered with the Safety Banner Platinum Award emblem.
Jesse: The first production team to achieve Platinum status was the Transmission Channel team, which is made up of machinists and assemblers who work across three shifts. They manufacture the largest hydraulic pump in the Hydraulics range – a pump which weighs 150 lbs (68 kg)!
Lee: We are very proud of them, absolutely. But I think the best thing that has come out of the Safety Banner Programme is the safety mind-set that all of our teams have adopted, regardless of which level of recognition they've achieved. Safe working practices are just a natural outcome of our employees being proactive about taking care of themselves and watching out for one another.