Whether you work in an office or operate heavy machinery, every city employee encounters workplace hazards. You know your work surroundings better than anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook or become complacent about the hazards we see every day.
That’s why the Human Resources Safety division is partnering with departments to establish safety committees.
This month, the Safety Star is the Houston Health Department Safety Committee. HHD is among the many departments who have a safety committee, and is modeling the standard for other departments to follow. Committee members meet quarterly to discuss safety concerns and corrective actions and recommendations to reduce or eliminate injury exposure.
“This committee is instrumental in identifying workplace hazards before injuries occur,” said Bobby Hawkins, HR safety supervisor and liaison to the Health Department. “The department’s safety culture is changing to one that is proactive versus reactive. As a safety professional, I know the importance of employee engagement in safety and this team is totally engaged in the department’s safety efforts. I am confident that the department’s safety progress will continue due to the commitment of this committee.”
Committee members include Bobby Hawkins, Delisa Shaw, Office of Surveillance and Public Health Preparedness; Nancy Vela, Neighborhood Services; Cheryl Sheppard, Neighborhood Services; Wei-Yeong Wang, Environmental Health Services; Jennie Bland, Administrative Services; Marty Blaise, Information Services; Alice Moore-Bains, Harris County Area Agency on Aging, Shad Omwenyeke, Disease and Prevention Control; David McCoy, Environmental Health Services; Kaila Fagerstrom, Disease Prevention and Control; Manuel Perez, Disease Prevention and Control; Remonda Robinson, Environmental Health Services; Juana Melendez, Operations Support and Cyndie Boule, OSPHP.