T E S T I N G NEW ZEALAND’S SAFEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SOUGHT FOR AWARDS Organisers of an international safe manufacturing award are seeking nominations from New Zealand food and beverage manufacturers who believe they make safety a core business value. The Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards, run by American-based Rockwell Automation, targets manufacturers, machine-builders and system integrators that demonstrate a true commitment to safety across three key pillars of a comprehensive safety programme: • A strong safety culture • Well-executed compliance procedures • Effective use of current machine-safety technology. Last year’s winners – Clorox, Goodyear, Kimberly-Clark and Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) – were selected because they embrace safety 40 JULY 2016 as a means to achieve business goals, Rockwell’s safety market development manager Mark Eitzman says. “They go beyond compliance and make safety an integral part of the company culture and machine design processes – improving plant productivity and company profitability,” he says. Winning in 2015 highlighted the team’s commitment to improving machine safety for customers, PCMC senior electrical project engineer Jason Stover says. “As an OEM, we differentiate ourselves from competitors by guiding our customers through the safety process and educating them on the opportunities safety presents. Some might not recognise safety as a fundamental part of equipment, but by the time we’re done, they see the value.” The awards also recognise companies that have successfully collaborated between their engineering and environ- mental health and safety departments. This helps dramatically reduce injury rates while also improving production efficiency. “We achieve success with everyone in the organisation working and learning together, including engineering, EHS and operations,” Kimberly-Clark global director of safety and hygiene Dennis G. Averill says. “This collaboration is not only done conceptually, but also during the actual execution of risk assessments, safety standards development and more.” The 2016 winners will join a distinguished list of past winners including Bevcorp, Corning Environmental Technologies, General Motors, Procter & Gamble and the PepsiCo divisions of Walkers Crisps and Pepsi Flavors. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2016. PATHOGEN TESTING SEAL6645FT2 TRIED, TESTED AND TRUSTED FOR MORE INFO FREEPHONE 0508 HILL LAB (44 555 22) www.hill-laboratories.com RAPID RESULTS NEW PATHOGEN PCR TESTING We’re proud to offer innovative new PCR testing services for Salmonella and Listeria in food and environmental samples. Developed and validated at our Molecular Facility in Hamilton, our test gives next day results (or an additional day to confirm a positive sample). Our PCR test is accredited for export, with the added benefit of a reduced number of false positive screens. To find out more, talk to one of our Client Service Managers today.
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