2015 ITW CSR Report

Working Together

Safety as a team effort

When it comes to safety and health, ITW businesses rely on a team effort to ensure preparedness and identify areas for improvement.

At Permatex, a manufacturer of premium chemical products, the Solon, Ohio, facility employs a cross-functional safety committee to work together to make positive changes and address potential issues and concerns. Safety committee members share best practices and solutions from their respective departments to create a safer work environment.

In 2015, the committee implemented safety initiatives such as creating a pedestrian safety path throughout the distribution building with accident/collision sentry devices at two key intersections. Blue lights that shine backwards were also installed on all lift trucks, allowing pedestrians to see a lift truck around a corner and avoid a possible collision. Fifty line risk assessments were completed, which resulted in improvements to caution signage, the eye wash station and air circulation in the epoxy filling area. As a result of these initiatives and more, in early 2016 the facility celebrated nearly a year of being injury-free.

  • The Permatex team works together to improve safety

  • A pedestrian path helps prevent accidents