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Why SHP established a safety lead

Why SHP established a safety lead

By Shefali Mehta on Thursday, 11 April, 2019 Safety is my top priority. I borrow from the operations and manufacturing mantra - our goal is to get you home safely to your families and loved ones. I have taken that mantra seriously throughout my life, especially while at McKinsey and working with the Maintenance and Reliability service line. Safety has to be the top priority for any maintenance or operations program. Providing a safe work environment will allow employees to focus on the job at hand and not be distracted with potential hazards. This mindset elevates operational excellence. It is not a surprise that the organizations that elevate employee safety also create a strong work culture for them and their customers.

When I started with SHP, I saw that our mission is delivered by our field team - a group that is on the road constantly to meet farmers and is virtual, stretching across multiple states and working throughout all four seasons. It was extremely important that this exceptional team is safe.

“It is important that we have someone who wakes up every day and part of their day is to think about how we can improve our safety culture and make sure our team gets home in the same shape they left home,” said Field Director Jack Cornell.

To ensure safety is a focus for SHP, Jack and I established a Safety Lead. And we were lucky to have an individual with training and background in this area already on the team.

Tricia Verville, former Wisconsin Field Manager, was recently promoted to Research and Development Manager. She also serves as our Safety Lead.

“Safety guidelines give our team a chance to bring back to light the many little things we don’t always focus on while going about daily business,” shared Tricia. “Through discussions, collaborations, training, and resources we encourage proactive actions to avoid issues from the beginning.”

Tricia will work to make sure our team identifies potential risks in the field and throughout their travels to avoid incidents and be prepared to assist others in a crisis.

She has helped the team consider a holistic approach to safety.

“Unanimously, the team agrees it’s not just about us,” said Tricia. “We want to provide the best for those we come into contact with at events, like field days, or on the road.”

We will share our best practices and guidelines through this blog and our website. As a non-profit, we see our function to share what we know with whoever may be concerned.