Continuous improvements and efficiency evaluations are certainly a focus for the Nicolet Plastics team, however; the company’s long-term success depends on a commitment to the safety of workers, visitors to the facility, and the public. The company’s leadership team believes that a safe and healthy workplace is a business imperative and fundamental right for every person. Workplace health and safety policies require that team members take responsibility for maintaining a productive work environment in every part of the company by doing what they can to minimize the risk of accident, injury and exposure to health hazards for all associates and visitors.
Nicolet Plastics places a strong emphasis on mitigating behaviors and hazardous conditions that contribute to workplace injuries. In 2016, the company began new efforts to improve the culture of safety, and has since taken action to address areas of risk. As a result, in 2017, Nicolet Plastics has seen a decline in month-over-month safety incidents and has decreased lost time accidents from one incident in 2016 to zero incidents in 2017.
Recent Workplace Safety Initiatives and Improvements Include:
- A dynamic and collaborative safety committee was established, with rewards and prizes for individuals that identified potential safety issues in the workplace. Prize drawings are done at each quarterly company meeting
- First Responder/CPR training for 6 employees conducted by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Training Within Industry (TWI), a 3-day dynamic hands-on learning and practice that teaches essential skills for supervisors, team leaders and anyone who directs the work of others – conducted by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Hazard communication training facilitated for all employees
- Active Shooter Response Training (ALICE Training) for all Nicolet Plastics employees (first business in Oconto County to have ALICE training)
- Forklift train the trainer session conducted for 4 employees by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Safety recognition program created to recognize Nicolet Plastics employees exemplifying safety excellence
- Evacuation personnel training for 14 employees
- Fire extinguisher training for 16 employees (representing various departments) conducted by Complete Fire Solutions
- Overhead crane training for 9 employees (representing various departments) conducted by Fox Cities Crane & Fab
- A WisCon (Onsite Safety & Health Consultation in Wisconsin) air quality and noise monitoring evaluation – Nicolet Plastics voluntarily invited WisCon into its facility to assist with identifying any hazards and baseline the hearing and air quality levels at the company, as well as identify areas for improvement