Keller Announces "2002 KOL Safety Professional of the Year"
Neenah, WI - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recently honored Anita Orozco, of Tucson, Ariz., as the first KellerOnline® (KOL) Safety Professional of the Year. The award is sponsored by KOL, the interactive online safety tool that helps safety professionals manage their safety process.
Orozco was chosen out of 150 finalists to receive the award. She is a Safety Manager for the Air System Components division of Tomkins, working with 500 employees at one of 33 company plants. Her winning program, "Caught in the Act," netted her $2,500, a plaque, and a certificate from Keller. She also received a free one-year subscription to KellerOnline.
"I was thrilled when they told me I won," Orozco said. "Being recognized by an outside company for the way you do your job is quite an honor."
According to Orozco, her "Caught in the Act" program was easy and affordable to implement and had a positive effect on employees. When an employee is observed working safely or unsafely, they are "caught in the act." Orozco photographs them, then presents the photos in training sessions to give employees visual examples of safe and unsafe work practices. She also posts photos of employees working safely to build safety awareness as well as morale and pride among employees.
"Anita is exemplary," said Robert L. Keller, President and CEO of Keller. "She has done an outstanding job. She is in the business of preventing accidents and making sure each employee goes home to their family accident-free. When a customer like Anita chooses Keller for their products, it speaks well for our organization, and we can take pride in our accomplishments."
Applications for the 2003 KOL Safety Professional of the Year are currently being accepted. To participate, entrants must be registered users of KellerOnline. No purchase is necessary to become a registered user. Non-subscribers can become registered users by signing up for a 30-day "no obligation" free trial of the service. Once registered, users can submit their entry at the site (www.kelleronline.com) by answering the five questions posted, which relate to safety objectives and initiatives for 2002 and how KellerOnline will help in the endeavor.
KellerOnline (KOL) is the Internet's only interactive safety management tool. It's designed to help safety professionals get results from their safety efforts. KOL facilitates this by integrating a safety management process with reference materials, tools, and applications in order to help users prevent accidents, decrease injuries, and lower workers' compensation costs.
To learn more about KellerOnline®, visit www.kelleronline.com.
About J. J. Keller
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. of Neenah, WI, is a leading specialized publisher and services provider. Founded in 1953, the company offers a wide spectrum of ready-made and custom safety and regulatory-compliance products to customers throughout North America. Keller helps customers in industries such as transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, utility and construction comply with OSHA, DOT and EPA requirements. The company's diverse product line includes technical publications, computer software, video-based, CD-ROM and on-line training programs, specialized forms and supplies.
Keller also provides safety consulting, on-site training and a variety of transportation services, including licensing, permitting, fuel tax reporting and driver log auditing.
SPOTY 2002 Highlights
KOL Starts Tradition of Recognizing Safety Professionals
“The Safety Professional of the Year award, which will be presented annually, is expected to be a sought-after prize in the safety industry.”
Ed Berg, Marketplace News
2002 Safety Winner Announced
“Anita Orozco, safety manager in Tucson, Arizona for Air Systems Components, is the 2002 Safety Professional of the Year winner. Orozco was selected over 150 other finalists for having the most innovative process in place for increasing safety awareness at her workplace.”
Jerry Laws, Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
National Honor for Tucsonan
“Anita Orozco was singled out for developing a comprehensive safety program that integrates the company’s safety committee, managers, and workers. Orozco, who has worked for Air Systems Components for two years, will receive a $2,500 award along with a plaque.”
Jonathan J. Higuera, Arizona Daily Star
“Caught in the act” Captures Safety Award
“Orozco’s strategy is to inspire people to care and motivate them to take personal responsibility for their own safety. “
Dave Johnson, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
Safety Manager Gets Her Message Across
“Being caught in the act using safe work practices earns an employee a photo on the bulletin board, highlighting safe ways of working. It’s proactive reverse psychology instead of focusing on negative practices.”
Joe Palenik, Inside Tucson Business
Safety Manager Honored for Her Approach
“She uses a four-stage process to identify risks, develop programs, communicate them to people, and measure the results.”
Mike Jones, Plant Safety and Maintenance