Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Company – Forklift awareness strategy

Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Company – Forklift awareness strategy


– We’re always trying to
continually improve safety as part of our culture
here at Arcadian Organic, so we really wanted to
make sure that people were safe in their environment. To do that, we needed people to respect the forklift exclusion zones and the best way to do that, we believed, was to implement the Halo
System around the forklift. So, the Halo System is a red
light beam, which is emitted from the forklift in every
direction around the fork to ensure that nobody comes
within that exclusion zone. Ever since implementing the new
systems, I’ve noticed people were a lot more observant
of their environment, so the signage played a big role in that as well as the Halo System. I personally feel safer
in the workplace knowing that I have a visual representation of what’s going on around me, not just a audio cue from
when a forklift’s reversing. The first step in implementing
a workplace health and safety initiative is
to collect and track data. So you want to know how many
medically treated injuries and lost time injuries you
have, first-aid administered, and then after you’ve
implemented the new system, you track and monitor
the lost time injuries and medically treated injuries to make sure that they’ve gone down. What I’ve learned
throughout the process is that there’s always need for improvement when it comes to safety. You can always continually improve, no matter what the small things
are that you can improve, there’s always processes you can implement to make things better and safer. Anyone can be a Safety Champion. It’s up to you to take that first step.

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