For OSI Group, terms like environmental management, sustainability and workplace safety are more than just popular buzzwords designed make a company look good. OSI facilities around the world engage in regular and rigorous training programs to bolster these basic principles.
A recent example is the OSI Group plant in Enns, Austria. The entire facility shut down for a day in October to conduct a workplace safety and environmental awareness day. Work teams are formed to undergo intensive training seminars and work through specific modules that bolster sound environmental practices while also focusing on safety factors.
Some of the activities include fire extinguisher training and role playing fire brigade protocols. A general lecture is given on fire prevention. Information is provided about what to do if any kind of fire breaks out, including taking action to control a blaze or how to efficiently evacuate. Visit linkedin.com
Adopting highly specific workplace safety protocols not only makes accidents less likely, but less severe if they do happen. A safe work environment is also a happy work environment. Employees are more comfortable at work if they are confident in their operating space.
OSI Group owns two other facilities in Austria in addition to its plant in Enns, a small city in northern Austria with just over 11,000 residents. The OSI Group world headquarters is located in Aurora, Illinois. The company originated in the greater Chicago area more than 100 years ago. Today, OSI spans the globe with 65 robust operations functioning in 17 nations. The company employs some 20,000 people worldwide.
A hallmark of OSI is its commitment to stringent environmental management practices designed to leave behind the smallest carbon footprint possible. To that end, the company is moving aggressively to adopt solar and wind power. It also innovates by capturing rainfall, recycling gray water, using low-flow faucets and extensive use of superior insulation — to name just a few practices.
Environmental management and safety go hand in hand. Food processing is a naturally energy intensive process and also involves the use of a lot of machinery, and frankly , sharp objects. Good training is the key to keeping accidents to a minimum.