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Monday, September 15, 2014

EHS Today Names Draper Laboratory to List of America’s Safest Companies

CAMBRIDGE, MA – EHS Today named Draper Laboratory to its 2014 list of “America’s Safest Companies,” which the publication released on Sept. 15.

The award recognizes Draper’s efforts to drive not only the number of workplace injuries to zero, but to reduce the risk of such injuries to zero as well, according to Robert Najjar, Ph.D., Draper’s director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

“The EHS policy at every company is just words unless management is committed to implementing the policy and workers participate in the program, and the policy is useless unless the safety program continually demonstrates improvement to earn trust from the workers,” Najjar said. “Being named to the list of ‘America’s Safest Companies’ is a point of pride for our workers, while also serving as an incentive to stay engaged in maintaining the highest standards in safety practices.”

EHS Today covers trends, management strategies, regulatory news and new products in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors related to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Draper earned the America’s Safest Companies honor through actions including designing and implementing a proactive safety program using metrics and leading indicators to drive continuous improvement, developing comprehensive and effective training and audit programs, controlling and managing the risks associated with purchasing new hazardous materials and equipment, and investigating all accidents, injuries, illnesses, spills, and near-miss events. Draper’s EHS office also conducts open communication through safety committee meetings and publication of newsletters that discuss the value and issues of safety at work and home.

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