The Safety Product Search website recenty visited the Scott Safety factory in Skelmersdale, Lancashire to see for itself how they have revolutionised their factory. Scott Safety’s Factory of the Future is a concept in the pursuit of operational excellence whilst ensuring zero harm to its workforce and environmental credentials with zero waste.
The Scott Safety facility in Skelmersdale has attained certification for 100 per cent of all factory waste being diverted from landfill, following an employee-led campaign to target Zero Harm. This significant milestone was marked alongside a celebration for racking up one million hours without a lost time injury at its factory in Skelmersdale. Both operational achievements were recognised at an award presentation at the facility last week.
A world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of respiratory and personal protective equipment, Scott Safety helps to keep thousands of workers safe from environmental hazards in the workplace every day. Committed to ensuring the highest standards at its Skelmersdale facility, Scott Safety encouraged employees to share ideas and develop initiatives to help the company continue reducing its carbon footprint and become more environmentally sustainable. Employee-led grassroots teams were formed to drive progress towards a Zero Harm strategy for safety, environment and employee well-being.
In recognition of employees’ achievements Skelmersdale Plant Manager, Peter Osborne presented the grassroots teams with an award on behalf of Tyco International, the global parent company of Scott Safety. Peter congratulated employees for becoming the first facility within Tyco International to achieve 100 per cent waste diversion from landfill and for setting the standard across the company by initiating safety and waste reduction programmes which can be emulated by the business on a global level. Members of the grassroots team at the Skelmersdale factory include Martin McAleese, Jan Haughton, Adam Brown, Andi Callen, Cassie Bond, Joe Rigby, Toni Read, Dan Leyland, Lorna Hanmore, Lol Karle, Phil Brown, Lewis Hughes, Adam Brown, Ann Illingworth, Paul Jones and Mark Walters.
Peter Osborne said: “We started a journey to change the safety culture of the business three years ago, as part of our strategy to create a factory of the future at our facility in Skelmersdale. We couldn’t have achieved these major operational milestones without the enthusiasm and dedication of our employees, who have been instrumental in helping change both attitudes and behaviours across the business. Scott Safety can now count itself among the leading manufacturers in the UK for its commitment to worker safety and environmental responsibility and the standards that we set to target Zero Harm.”
Joe Rigby, grassroots team member commented: “I’ve been with Scott Safety for over 25 years and it is a real privilege to work with a company that is committed to the safety and well-being of its staff and looking to raise the bar on environmental standards. Working together with my colleagues ‘at the coal face’, we have been able to truly understand the issues and implement changes that have transformed our working culture. I am delighted to be part of the team that has driven this change and cannot wait to see how Scott Safety will move forward in future”.
Scott Safety is committed to being a responsible business and has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard and British Safety Council Award 2014 (with Merit). These awards recognise Scott Safety’s dedication to achieving a Zero Harm culture through investment in programmes to change attitudes and behaviours towards safety in the workplace. Scott Safety has also invested in a leading hazard and near miss reporting system at its Skelmersdale facility which has helped to reduce accident rates across the board.
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