August 16, 2018: Lead battery manufacturers, recyclers and industry suppliers have partnered the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to celebrate Safe+Sound Week, August 13-19. This is OSHA’s second annual event that emphasizes the importance of workplace safety and health programs.
Kevin Moran (pictured), executive vice president of Battery Council International says his industry is happy to join OSHA’s efforts and further highlight the importance of safety within the lead battery industry every day.
“The lead battery industry has more than 20,000 employees across North America. We want to ensure that everyone leaves the work day safe and healthy,” Moran said. “At BCI, we’ve seen an enthusiastic response to Safe and Sound Week among our member companies who are creating engaging employee activities that emphasize safety.”
Among the companies that will participate in Safe + Sound Week are Exide Technologies, The Doe Run Company and East Penn Manufacturing.
Dan Nicholls, director of environmental, health & safety for Georgia-based Exide Technologies. says that close to 3,000 employees across the company’s 24 North America locations, including corporate headquarters, will use the week to get employees involved and identify potential hazards.
“This year we’re concentrating on internal participation and communication for Safe + Sound Week. But we’re looking forward to future opportunities to host a community event or partner with other manufacturers in the area.”
Anthony Staley, general manager at Doe Run’s Buick Resource Recycling facility in Missouri. will host a “Lunch with the GM” with employees to discuss the safety committee’s efforts and achievements. The committee will also roll out a safety competition titled, “Safe & Sound September SLAM,” (Stop, Look, Analyze and Manage) to encourage employees to spot potential hazards, determine the best way to address them, and manage potential hazards to eliminate or minimize them.
At East Penn Manufacturing in Pennsylvania. facilities will recognize employees who exhibit safe work practices and suggest ways to enhance processes and promote daily safe work practices. Those employees selected by each of the company’s safety committees will have their photos displayed on the video boards in each lunchroom, along with the recognized practice.