Health and Safety
A proactive approach to health and safety is an important aspect of the 4imprint workplace.
Desk-based ergonomics and best practice protocols in the office environment along with the operation of machinery and material handling at our distribution centre are key areas of emphasis in promoting a safety culture. Incidents or near misses are closely tracked, and a Safety Committee meets on a regular basis to consider future improvements based on experience and analysis of the data, or to ensure that we are fully compliant with changing regulatory requirements. In addition, we benefit from a fresh, external perspective through working closely with risk managers and loss control specialists from our property and casualty insurance carriers.
Workplace safety received particular emphasis in 2018 at our Oshkosh distribution centre. It is now the first topic at daily morning management meetings, ensuring that issues or incidents are addressed immediately. Periodic business update meetings for all team members also place safety front of mind by beginning with updates, injury and near miss statistics and related discussion. All employees attend training at least annually covering plant evacuation procedures, severe weather shelter, blood-borne pathogens, fire extinguisher use and Material Safety Data Sheets. No safety detail is considered too small - for example, older table-top tape dispensers were replaced in 2018 with safer, better-guarded dispensers as a result of reviewing minor laceration injuries and near misses.
We have an extensive employee wellness program, including an on-site medical clinic at both sites in the US operation. As well as increasing productivity and being cost-effective for the company, the clinic offers great convenience and has proved very popular with employees: basic medical services such as flu shots, blood draws or consultation with a nurse or nurse practitioner on minor conditions can take 15 minutes compared to hours spent travelling to and attending an external medical facility. Other extensively used on-site offerings include physical therapy, nutritional/dietary advice and smoking cessation support.