Our associates are our highest priority, and they trust us to provide a safe, positive work environment where they can thrive. Our operating companies follow many best practices to ensure our associates come to work feeling secure, confident and empowered to do their jobs.
OUR SAFETY CULTURE
RPM fosters a proactive safety culture by setting high expectations and operational standards. We achieve this through the following six Core EH&S Fundamentals:
RPM EH&S leadership and professionals collaborate on a monthly and quarterly basis to share best practices, lessons learned and serve as valuable resources to each other and our operating companies, with functional expertise in workplace health and safety, environmental compliance and product stewardship. Leveraging our global, in-house knowledge base and expertise cultivates a community of EH&S professionals dedicated to driving success and a culture of continuous improvement in our operations.
In 2015, RPM began engaging a third-party consulting group to visit our sites and report on our overall regulatory compliance. As the program progressed, it has morphed from that initial focus to addressing workplace safety programs and their integration into the sites’ business practices.
These visits involve a three-tiered approach to understanding each site's workplace safety program and evaluating its maturity:
1) Review of safety compliance for the locations’ programs, policies and procedures which are documented and scored;
2) Address areas of safety best practices: risk assessment, training, management of change, safety committees, safety audits and inspections, and management reviews, also providing a score; and
3) Conduct a safety walkthrough of the facility to test the incorporation of workplace safety compliance into the operational processes.
During the visits our consultants coach associates on overall safety practices which include methods to expand a culture of workplace safety, housekeeping and mechanical integrity.
Our consultant provides a risk ranking and makes recommendations related to potential areas of improvement. Those recommendations are documented and tracked in an online database. The databased assists RPM in tracking our progress and focusing on both our short and long-term goals.
As we continue in our efforts to Build a Better World, each of us have a responsibility to conduct business in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of employees, contractors, suppliers, distributors, customers, consumers, communities and the public. We at RPM do not take this responsibility lightly and will remain dedicated to ensuring safe and ethical practices are the foundation of our operations.
RPM’s EMR shows that we historically have a lower than average injury experience compared to like businesses.
Our commitment to our associates is apparent by actions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some examples:
Sixty percent of our manufacturing locations reported that their associates operated without any incident during calendar year 2020, well above industry standards.
With many associates and manufacturing facilities worldwide, RPM actively looks for new opportunities where we can enhance safety training and improve worker safety.