Our industry is getting safer. But many people still believe that injuries – or even fatalities - are an unavoidable part of what we do. Bison does not accept this view. That’s why in 2010 we launched ‘Mission Zero’.
Mission Zero is our campaign to eliminate all accidents from our business by 2020. And when we say all accidents we mean all accidents – from serious injuries to minor incidents.
We know this is a tough target. Achieving it won’t be easy. But, to us, there’s no more worthwhile goal than keeping all our people safe and well. To help us get there, we have launched a number of new initiatives, while improving existing ones.
Cultural change through communication
We believe communication is critical to creating the conditions for Mission Zero. It’s important that everyone understands our approach to health and safety - and feels empowered to play their part.
We all have a part to play in keeping our workplaces safe. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by being aware of the risks around us and taking action to address these. That’s why, over the past two years, we’ve increased our focus on the importance of reporting hazards and near-misses.
A key priority of our Mission Zero agenda is the prevention of work-related illness. While there is clear evidence that employment can have a positive effect on personal wellbeing, poor health in the workplace can present significant safety risks. So, in addition to our more ‘routine’ occupational health provision, we’ve begun rolling out a range of wellbeing events across the business. These include education campaigns aimed at tackling lifestyle-related issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.