100 Days of Summer Safety begins
From June 23 to September 30, focus is on accountability
HOUSTON This summer, Waste Management will host its fourth annual “100 Days of Summer Safety” campaign. The theme of this year’s event is accountability, specifically, three types:
- Personal – every individual must be willing to hold themselves accountable to a standard of excellence
- Team – employees must accept nothing less than safety excellence from coworkers
- Management – managers must support employee safety through training, process compliance and coaching
The 100 Days of Summer Safety challenges Areas to be their safest during the hottest months of the year when drivers and operators must be on the alert for:
- More children playing and riding in the streets
- Excessive heat that can lead to dehydration or other health risks
- Substitute route drivers covering for vacations
- Vacationing motorists who are less familiar with roads and traffic controls
- Volume increases in curbside yard waste
New to sites in 2014 will be an “I COMMIT to SAFETY” decal. The decals were sent to all Areas to be distributed to employees and their families. As well, large banners were shipped to all operational locations. “Again with this year’s campaign, we’re tapping into the fun and competitive spirit among our managers, sites and Areas. I have no doubt everyone will rise to the challenge,” said Jeff Martin, vice president of WM Safety Services.
PHOTO: “I COMMIT to SAFETY” encourages employees and their families to always remember to be safe, especially during the busy summer season.
2013 100 Days of Summer Safety winners
Each year, Areas compete against each other to win prizes and bragging rights for the safest sites. In 2013, the winners were:
TRIR – Western Canada – 0.97
DART – Western Canada – 0.97
VARR – Florida – 23,371
TRIR – Western Canada – 79 percent
DART – Western Canada – 69 percent
VARR – Ark., Tenn., Ala. & Ky. – 94 percent
Best Overall – Northern Tier (Tie)
Mich., Ohio & Ind.
West. Penn., Md., W. VA. & Va.
Best Overall – Southern Tier