Inteplast Group held its inaugural Safety Summit this past September 19–20 in Lolita, TX, hosted by Corporate Safety, a newly formed sec on in Administration. Jim Richter, previously with the safety team in IBS, was transferred into the new sec on in July to coordinate safety and 5S activities for Lolita and all affiliates as Corporate Safety Coordinator. The summit was attended by safety coordinators from all 22 of the Group’s affiliate plants, as well as the eight plant safety coordinators in Lolita.
Richter organized the summit to make sure every plant was on the same page for safety policies and procedures. “When I traveled to affiliate plants, I found that each one had its own system,” he said. “There were 20 different forms here, and 20 different policies there. We wanted to streamline the process and reduce any confusion on what’s required of our plant safety coordinators.”
Top (L-R) Michael Tran, Michael Zhao, Russell Seguin, Jim Richter, Curt Hailey, Robert Handfield, David Lupien-Parrish, Robert Helms, Joe Allen, Leroy Porter, Lupe Aviles, Maynard Stratton, Mike Henry, and Don Isaacs. Bottom (L-R) Karen Plant, Larry Hammer, Frances Garcia, John Heckman, Jason Tumlinson, and David Nava
The meetings were held in the BOPP II building conference room of the administration area, where the team brainstormed on ideas to enhance the Group’s safety policies. Using Inteplast’s “synergy” concept, the team covered each plant and found what worked and what needed improving, explained Richter. He also emphasized the importance of safety recording, such as injury reports and recordable incidence rates, to allow safety coordinators to better identify areas to improve upon and place goals on which to perform toward.
“We want to develop the best workplace practices possible for our company,” Richter said. “This summit was a great opportunity to let everyone understand the safety information required and where they stood. We’re here to assist, not to take over safety policies that are working just fine.”
Richter plans to make the summit a yearly event, as he has already observed enhanced communication and cooperation between the safety coordinators in each plant. Next year he aims to have more peer-to-peer training and to keep inviting opportunities to brainstorm.
Richter concluded, “My goal is to see our safety program evolve to a point that collectively we are the role model in the industry and other businesses are looking at our program as a model.”