Safety 2024: Taking the Next Steps for Safety

Michelle MachenMauser News, Safety

The beginning of a new year marks a time when many of us make resolutions and commitments for the coming year. As we embark on a new year for our company, it is a good time for us to remember and renew our commitment to safety in the workplace. At Mauser Packaging Solutions, it is a shared responsibility of ours to ensure that each employee goes home safe, every day.
In 2023, we introduced the “Step up for Safety” theme to reinforce the right and responsibility of every employee to hold themselves, and each other, accountable for safety. Each one of us shares the responsibility of making sure everyone goes home safe to their families. 2023 Safety Scorecards for all business units focused on Leading Indicators and the company experienced a positive increase in most leading indicator factors including Near Misses Reported, First Sid Cases Reported and CAPA’s (Corrective Actions/Preventative Actions). These proactive measures along with some favorable adjustments in labor hours contributed to an overall reduction of 6.05% for Total Recordable incident Rate (TRIR) and 16.02% for Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) compared to 2022.
Beyond the Numbers...

Reductions in lagging indicators are more than just numerical goals. Mauser’s reduction of 16.02% in LTIR means 19 fewer employees in 2023 experienced an incident resulting in time away from work compared to 2022.

Shout out to the NAIP PCR division on ZERO recordable incidents in 2023!


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This year, we will continue to promote the “Step Up for Safety” theme as we focus on taking the next steps in our safety journey. Every facility has diverse needs and benchmarks for improving safety but regardless of what that next step looks like, we should all be committed to making Mauser a safer place for employees, visitors, and our community. This year, NAIP will continue a process of adopting the auditing tool used in NASP enabling audit requirements to better meet the need of each facility creating better alignment with the NASP business unit for improved consistency across North America facilities. “This change will make our audits more impactful by targeting specific areas for improvement at each facility,” commented Rick Capps, NAIP Director of Environmental Health and Safety. “Instead of conducting audits just to complete a task, audits will focus on specific areas where data shows behavioral change is needed.” Additionally, audits will more closely align with monthly training topics and the number of required audits will be adjusted for each facility based on number of labor hours.

As a company, we are committed to providing the infrastructure, training, and resources to ensure employees are provided with a safe work environment and the knowledge required to perform job tasks without harm. The International business unit will continue implementation of the “Fullmark Safety Program” to boost training, understanding and emphasis on safety programs. In North America, the “12 Step Safety Building Block Audit” program will continue to create a uniform approach to how plants manage safety while the “Life Saving Rules” remain the foundational principles for our safety behavior. The “Life Saving Rules” are more than a set of rules used to enforce specific behaviors. They are key principles that protect against serious injury or death and apply to all employees regardless of location or job role. While strict compliance to the “Life Saving Rules” is still required for all employees, increased emphasis will be placed on the lifesaving benefits of these principles.

Our commitment to safety must be renewed every day, every hour, every minute. Safety should be an integral part of every decision we make. The safety of employees is our greatest interest - above production, quality, costs, and service. No project, no matter how critical, is worth a lost finger, a blinded eye, or tragic loss of life.