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Vol. 10, No. 1
E.l. Du Pont De Nemours & Company, Inc., Brevard, N. C.
Message from Golden
By John Golden
News coverage through television, radio and newspapers
keeps us well informed about human misfortunes occur
ring around us. We tend to accept bad news when it
involves those we do not know. However, when tragedy
strikes in our own plant, it is a different matter. A plant
rhanager has many responsibilities one of which is
the safety of plant employees. It has been a bitter disap
pointment to me that safety effort at the Brevard Plant
is unsatisfactory. Achieving and maintaining a good
safety performance has been one of our most elusive
and constant problems.
As we begin 1977, I am asking that every employee join
with me in making the Brevard Plant a safer place to work.
No doubt there are many reasons why our safety perform
ance at Brevard is worse than many Du Pont plants. A
few of the contributing factors include continued expansion
of plant facilities and population, emphasis on production
requirements, employee relations problems and the failure
to establish acceptable safety standards. But whatever
the reason, the fact remains that, as a group of employees,
we have been unable to establish and.maintain good safety
Our safety performance must improve during 1977.
Space will not permit listing of all of the safety emphasis
for this year, but the following items require action
from every employee.
1. Safety Priority
Safety must be given a high priority. The need to
achieve our production goals is very important,
but under no circumstances should safety be com
promised. Every employee must understand that
safety is a vital part of every job and cannot be
separated from the urgency of getting the job done.
Performing a job satisfactorily means doing it safely.
2. Adherence to Safety Standards
Every employee must follow plant safety rules.
Performing our work safely is a condition of em
ployment. Poor work practices and unsafe acts
lead to serious injuries. Violations of established
safety rules and the committing of any unsafe act
are unacceptable AT ANY LEVEL IN THE
ORGANIZATION. It is essential that every em
ployee, including the Plant Manager, adhere to
acceptable safety standards.
3. Review of Hazards
Each of us must examine the way we work to
determine what serious hazards exist. All employees
must share ideas on potential hazards, annoying
mechanical malfunctions, serious incidents and sug
gestions for ways to improve our safety performance.
I am insisting that every one accept their responsibilities
for safety, and I expect each employee to give this matter
their immediate attention. I have every confidence we will
succeed in our safety effort if we tackle the job at hand
and work together as a team for improvement.