O-I: medal of excellence for injury and ill health prevention

  Worker safety

As part of the British Glass Health and Safety Forward scheme, O-I UK gave examples of near miss scenarios and hazards the office staff might encounter, and showed how everyone could contribute to creating a safer working environment across the business.

O-I UK won them a medal of excellence as part of the British Glass Health and Safety Forward scheme
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to health and safety. O-I UK has been making this a central principle of its culture – going beyond the obvious production plant context to include every employee – and their families. This work has won them a medal of excellence as part of the British Glass Health and Safety Forward scheme.
The company has been emphasising the importance of reporting near misses (incidents which could have or almost lead to injury) with training at head office. All head office staff took part in a programme – delivered by O-I UK’s Environment, Health and Safety Leader Alistair Lowe – who gave examples of near miss scenarios and hazards the office staff might encounter, and showed how everyone could contribute to creating a safer working environment across the business.
Alistair explained: “Even the most innocuous things can cause an accident. Creating a safe working environment is about being alert to any potential hazard. Making sure office-based staff understand this just as thoroughly as the people who work with molten glass and machinery helps to create strong shared values around safety.”
Of course, looking after employees goes deeper than protecting them from accidents. As part of its commitment to its workforce, O-I UK provides Lifeworks – a toolkit of personal and professional resources that can be accessed by phone, on-line or through a mobile app. It offers confidential, practical information and advice to everyone in t...


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