Thank you to Eric Wiseman, Safety and Security Director and Matthew Warholy, Safety and Security Manager, for agreeing to be interviewed for this 30th Safety Report.
Our Safety Series was created by Ken Wiseman. Knowing that AMS is an industry leader with regard to our record, Ken wanted to offer an example of how we accomplish it, and make recommendations for others to benefit from.
AMS Fulfillment puts a very high value on employee safety! As you will see, Eric and Matt have it down to a science and it shows in the fact that lost-time injuries are a rarity at AMS.
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Since you became Director of Safety and Security in January 2022, what improvements has the company seen as it relates to Safety?
Since January, Matthew and I have brainstormed every morning, first thing, so we can continue to lead with one of the best safety records in the industry. We also added a Spanish version of our Safety Walk to include our employees who do not speak English or have limited English speaking capabilities. In turn, we have added a whole new set of Safety Advocates to our company with the help of our translator, Tanya Crespo.
Matthew and I have brainstormed and have come up with a Safety Dashboard. This lets us track injury trends by different metrics such as time, age, warehouse activity and most common injuries. This way, we know what injuries to try and prevent, before they happen.
What is the purpose and goal of the OSHA Safety Walks?
When we start our OSHA walks, the first thing that we say is, “If you see something, say something.” The common goal of the OSHA Safety Walks is to make AMS Fulfillment the safest company to work for. As a matter of fact, we already are in the top-tier. We empower employees to speak up when they see something dangerous or harmful. We also encourage them to speak up when they see a theft occurring. Like we say, “At AMS, Our Safety Record is No Accident.”
How do Monthly safety meetings with the warehouse managers improve their teams’ performance?
The reason behind the monthly safety meetings is to make the managers aware of the latest safety and injury trends so they can convey the message to their employee teams. This way, they get the message clearly and so do the employees. The employees then are asked to sign off, stating that they received the message. This way we all understand the safety topic, as a team.
Thank you Eric and Matt for your leadership! As a B Corporation, AMS is committed to the well-being of our employees.