Workplace safety is extremely important and should be a priority to all employers. That is why industries across the world have health and safety procedures in place. All employees desire to work in a safe and protected environment every single day which becomes the responsibility of not only the company’s but also the workers, too. We interviewed Yazoo’s HR/Safety Coordinator, Trisha May, to get her take on workplace safety and how Yazoo continues to implement safe practices throughout our locations.
How are you involved with safety?
As safety coordinator, I conduct safety orientation for new employees. We review safety policies and make sure that employees know where all emergency exits and first aid kits are located and where to report in case of an emergency evacuation. I coordinate safety training for all employees, such as Lockout/tagout, First Aid/CPR/AED, Fire Extinguisher training, SDS training, etc. and make sure our records are up-to-date. I am also the secretary of the safety committee, so I take notes during each meeting and make sure each member receives a copy of them. I also assist in the investigation of any workplace accidents.
How long has safety measures been in place at Yazoo?
Safety has always been a priority for Yazoo so some have definitely been in place for a long time! It’s important to review them periodically and keep them up to date. We do have some safety measure that have been recently put into place, such as new mandrel carrying procedures and forklift attachments.
Since you have taken over, what kind of safety measures have you implemented/changed at Yazoo?
This was definitely a team effort, but we developed a comprehensive safety manual so that all safety policies and guidelines would be in one place and accessible to all.
How often does the safety committee get together? What all is discussed in your meetings?
The safety committee meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. The committee has a supervisor and representative from each department in the plant, and we have a new group of members each year. We go around the room and each committee member shares any safety concerns, successes, or ideas on behalf of their department. We also review any injuries and/or near misses that have occurred since the last meeting, and upcoming training.
Are there any new safety measures that are going to be implemented in the future?
Safety is always evolving and we are always looking for ways to improve so there will definitely be more measures put into place in the future. We welcome feedback and suggestions from our employees anytime and during the safety committee meetings. We also complete a quarterly safety observations checklist. In this process, an employee is selected to do a thorough walk-through of the plant and provide a rating on a list of about 30 safety observations.
As we continue to expand, there comes a need to add to our list of highly-skilled, professional employees. Our sustained growth has opened up a new position within Yazoo and we are happy o welcome Trisha Schedel, our new Human Resources/Safety Coordinator, to the team!
Trisha is a York College alum with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she soon learned that teaching wasn’t for her and got a jump start into the recruiting world, which began her career path to Human Resources. Before coming to Yazoo, she worked at a local staffing agency. Her background includes recruiting and on-boarding new staff for various industries.
When asked what she likes most about working at Yazoo she said, “I like working at Yazoo for many reasons. My coworkers have been very welcoming and helpful to me over the past month. Employees’ voices are heard and ideas are always welcomed.” She continues to say, “From an HR standpoint, Yazoo’s great reputation attracts many high-quality candidates, which makes recruiting easier!”
In her spare time, you can find Trisha running for miles on end, learning new yoga poses, or crafting up some DIY projects. She is also preparing [and smiling ear-to-ear] for her upcoming wedding in April to her fiancé, Joel.
We are glad to have Trisha onboard and look forward to watching her grow with the company.