Training & Safety
Safety: A Quest for Excellence
A successful safety culture is by choice not by chance. Since 2008, Kansas State University Division of Facilities has embarked on a journey to develop a strong safety culture using a comprehensive health and safety management plan. OSHA emphasizes that a safety culture of excellence exists when, “everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis; employees go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors, and intervene to correct them”. Facilities establishment of a culture of this magnitude has been the direct result of tremendous hard work and commitment within all levels. The programs have yielded the desired results driving down injury rates, worker’s compensation costs, increasing productivity, and overall employee morale.
Though many successes have been experienced over the years, Facilities shares the sentiments of Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health when he said, “When it comes to workplace fatalities and injuries, the only acceptable number is zero.” At K-State we are a family united on the forefront to ensure safety is top priority in our daily operation. Our culture is driven by the shared belief with Dr. Michaels that “nobody should die for a paycheck”.
Facilities safety culture is by CHOICE.
-Sandra Hoffman, Director of Resources