Win a Chance at 100 Locopops – Safely

Duke competition invites schools, departments and units to show how they put safety first for National Safety Month

Duke competition invites schools, departments and units to show how they put safety first for National Safety Month.
Staff and faculty are invited to send photographs, video clips, or program materials describing activities or initiatives to Chip Kyles, director of Workers Compensation, by July 20.

Duke’s Occupational & Environmental Safety Office and Workers’ Compensation Office are challenging schools, departments and units to share their safety program or activity this June during National Safety Month. 

Staff and faculty are invited to send photographs, video clips, or program materials describing activities or initiatives to Chip Kyles, director of Workers Compensation, by July 20. The aim of the challenge is to help identify risks to prevent injuries in the work environment such as slips, trips and falls. The winner will receive Locopops for up to 100 people.   

“The National Safety Month Challenge is an opportunity to advance the Duke safety culture,” Kyles said. “Every employee should be engaged in identifying and mitigating the risks in their own workplaces.” 

As examples of pictures to submit for the challenge, participants can send photos of safety posters, meetings, speakers or a risk that was removed such as a box on a floor in a pathway. In addition to slips, trips and falls, material handling is also among common injury risk factors.

Kyles and Nicole Greeson, director of Occupational Hygiene and Safety for Occupational & Environmental Safety Office, will determine the winning team based on creativity and how well each office’s program is tailored to workplace risks. 

Mike Snyder, safety manager for Duke’s Facilities Management Department, will participate in the challenge by submitting his office’s plan for bringing in John Drebinger, a safety motivation speaker, to address nearly 600 employees in Facilities.  

Drebinger will deliver two identical talks to employees on June 18 at the Washington Duke Inn. Employees will receive breakfast or lunch and a LED flashlight. 

“We have employees working in trades ranging from housekeeping to electricity to landscaping,” Snyder said. “Safety is first and foremost the most important thing when it comes to any one of those jobs.”

For spotting potential workplace hazards, Kyles recommends switching spaces with a colleague to uncover risks. The human resources team at Duke’s Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is taking that advice for its National Safety Month plan. 

The team is creating a quiz to send to its 1,600 staff members to see if they can spot risks across the office, like drink spills and misplaced cords, and how to alleviate them. 

“We want to make it as fun as possible for the employees,” said Ashley Becker, human resources generalist for PRMO. “It will hopefully prompt employees to be more cognizant of any hazards in our space.” 

Staff and faculty are invited to send photographs, video clips, or program materials describing activities or initiatives to Chip Kyles, director of Workers Compensation, by July 20. Send to chip.kyles@duke.edu.