By Katie Missimer
Manager, Environmental Policy
When it comes to worker safety, AF&PA and our members have a goal of zero injuries in the workplace and are devoted to that vision. The National Safety Council recognizes National Safety Month
each June which provides a perfect opportunity to underscore our industry’s commitment to that top priority.
Company worker training programs, increased automation, adoption of a host of injury-prevention measures and safeguards and development of new equipment to keep workers safe demonstrate a commitment to keeping accidents down. The focus on safety goes beyond improving incidence rates with many of our members offering their workers’ health and wellness programs such as health fairs, fitness facilities and health screenings.
To bolster those efforts, AF&PA conducts a biannual safety benchmarking survey that allows member companies to compare their metrics with those of their peers. AF&PA also presents annual sustainability awards
. The Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety is presented to member companies that demonstrate outstanding achievements in this category.
And to measure progress, AF&PA adopted a goal to improve our recordable incidence rate by 25 percent from 2006 to 2020 as part of our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020
sustainability program. As of 2014, the incidence rate for member companies declined by 40.8 percent to 1.56, and our members have already surpassed our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020
goal. The 2014 incidence rate for manufacturing at large was 4.0, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, more than double the rate of AF&PA members. (The incident rate measures the number of recordable cases for 100 people working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks.)