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millwise | SAFETY
Making Workers Heroes
The Finishing Department at UPM Raflatac thinks outside the box
to implement a Superhero Safety Program-now in its fourth year
How do you encourage employees to think and act safely?
In the Finishing Department at UPM Raflatac in Dixon, Illinois, we
slip on a cape.
At UPM, we like to think outside the box, and our "Superhero
Safety Program," which we started in 2012, is typical. We didn't
expect employees to leap tall buildings in a single bound or outrun
jets, but we did feel that, given the right environment, everyone could
become a superhero when it came to safety. Recognition motivates
people to get involved, especially if their ideas help improve the areas
in which they spend so much time every day.
The process begins when an employee from the Finishing Department
(the "sidekick," also known as the Safety Hero Spotter) observes
another employee (the "hero") engaged in a safe act, such as developing
a safety improvement or helping a fellow employee with any kind of
safety situation. The sidekick then completes a nomination form
describing the act and the individual who performed it.
Every month we collect the nominations, and the management
team picks a winner using a secret ballot and a five-point system.
At a monthly awards ceremony, we view a PowerPoint presentation
on safety that mentions all the ideas we got from the nominations
that month, and we announce the winner, recognizing the hero, the
sidekick, and of course the great idea itself.
The hero gets a certificate, and we display a duplicate certificate
on our Hall of Heroes wall for a year. The hero and sidekick also win
prizes such as a flashlight, a smoke alarm, a small fire extinguisher or
jumper cables. Sometimes we set it up so they can accept their prizes
or trade them for the "mystery box." To add a little fun, we sometimes
give away Milkbones as a "dud" gift-that always gets a good laugh.
At year-end we hold a "Hero of the Year" ceremony, and employees
(no management) pick an overall winner out of the year's monthly
heroes, by secret ballot. That person receives a custom trophy with
his/her portrait on it. The sidekick gets to choose from the boxes.
What's really great about this form of recognition is that is often
leads to improvements in the way we do things. The best thing is
when the Super Safety Hero collaborates with department engineers
to implement the improvement.
While admittedly a little quirky, our program has been effective.
Finishing Manager Eric Fiessinger reports that after experiencing
Marc Tintori, standing in front of the Hall of Heroes wall,
shows off the three superhero game boxes.
Sample safety nominations.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2014
Over the Wire
Pulp and Paper Innovations
Strategic Importance of Water
Making Workers Heroes
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TAPPI Journal Summaries
Measuring Color Online
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