[r55] COLUMN: Why safety always comes first (9/2/2014)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Start Date: 9/2/2014 Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 9/2/2014 End Time: 9:30 AM
Why safety always comes first

As a small business owner, I understand that security and employee satisfaction play an important role in creating a successful work environment. When employees feel safe and secure, it shows in their attitude and benefits the workplace as a whole. This is why I was pleased to attend a ceremony and learn that a local company, River Metals Recycling, was to become an Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) location. 

The INSHARP certification acknowledges, rewards and supports small businesses that operate with exemplary safety and health management systems. Having a program that rewards Hoosier businesses that maintain a high safety standard showcases just how important safety is to the state. Additionally, I know firsthand that when employees feel that safety is a top priority to their employer, they feel more comfortable in the workplace.

It makes me proud to know that another business in our community has set their standards high and is devoted to the safety of their employees. Like River Metals Recycling, as a representative, I am constantly looking for new ways to better protect Hoosiers as well as our workforce.

During session and throughout the interim, the safety and health of Indiana’s citizens is often an underlying topic we discuss. Each year, lawmakers author legislation to better protect Hoosiers, and whether the legislative proposal discusses the safety of our children, caring for the elderly or the protection of families, we are constantly advocating for Hoosiers across the state. This is especially true when it comes to our state’s workforce. 

Since I am not only your representative, but also a business owner, I am able to use my experience to better understand the needs of Hoosier workers. Whether you work in a restaurant or for a scrap metal recycling company, we must constantly be working to create the best environment for Hoosier workers.
I was grateful for the opportunity to be there when River Metal Recycling received their certification. I hope other area businesses follow their example and consider participating in INSHARP. To become a participating location, please visit http://www.in.gov/dol/2405.htm. 

I applaud River Metal Recycling for making employee safety priority one, and through their efforts, as well as other INSHARP businesses, our community and state continues to be one of the best places to work in the nation.


Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.