Commitment to Safe Logistics

Here’s how the world’s logistics and supply chain organizations are showing their commitment to safe logistics —both onsite and on the road.

Whether they’re delivering products via the world’s oceans, driving them from town to town, or storing them in a warehouse for last-mile deliveries, today’s logistics and transportation companies are focusing on their commitment to safe logistics and the factors behind their supply chain operations.  

“A lot of organizations are tightening their operations to improve safety, both for workers and for the environment that they’re operating in,” says Glenn Riggs, Odyssey Logistics & Technology (Odyssey) SVP of Corporate Operations and Strategy. “We’re seeing some overall positive impacts of these developments.”

Through its Goal Zero initiative, for example, Shell is focusing on the three potentially hazardous areas that present the highest risks for the producer’s activities: personal, process, and transport safety. “Our Goal Zero ambition is to achieve no harm and no leaks across all of our operations,” the company states on its website. “Everyone working for Shell strives to achieve this goal each day.”

As part of that mission, Shell wants to “improve safety performance throughout the energy industry and work in partnership with industry trade associations and professional bodies to share its safety experience, standards, and knowledge with other operators and contractors.” Those outside organizations include the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

“Goal Zero is the vision statement and foundation of Shell’s HSSE programs,” Shell’s Jerry Crooks told Maritime Logistics Professional. “It provides a clear statement about the culture we aim to build and a simple phrase that provides a common language for use with our partners in safety.”

Crooks says that the initiative also serves as a “non-negotiable anchor point for powerful safety conversations and a standard against which we can measure performance and recognize and reward individuals and teams.” The oil producer measures Goal Zero by the number of “zero” days and maintains two Goal Zero counters: one for “no harm” and the other for “no leaks.” “It is critical that our employees, contractors and partners in safety embrace and believe that Goal Zero is possible,” Crooks adds. “Anything less is unacceptable.”

Odyssey Logistics has embraced these Goal Zero principles and has been recognized in the past for it superior service. In 2017, Odyssey chemical bulk trucking business unit, Linden Bulk Transportation, was awarded the Goal Zero Performance Award for providing an exemplary level of safe and reliable service in the chemical industry. Michael Salz, president of Odyssey’s bulk tank truck business, Linden Bulk Transportation, commented on the award saying, “we are acutely aware of the heightened concerns regarding the security and safety of chemical transportation. This award is a testament to the processes in place to monitor and ensure all service objectives are met.”

Within the Four Walls

A vital part of the supply chain, warehouses present unique challenges for companies that are focused on safety. With more than 145,000 people working in over 7,000 warehouses nationwide, these facilities typically return higher fatal injury rates than the national average for all industries, according to OHSA. The potential hazards for workers in warehousing include unsafe forklift use, improper stacking of products, failure to use personal protective equipment, and failure to follow proper lockout/tagout procedures.

To eliminate and/or keep these occurrences to a minimum, OSHA recommends driving forklifts slowly on docks and dock plates; keeping clear of dock edges and never back up forklifts to the dock’s edge; and providing visual warnings near dock edges. Forklift operators should be trained, evaluated, and certified, it continues, and no one under the age of 18 should be allowed to operate these vehicles.

Safety as a Strategic Asset  

Thanks to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD), and other increases in truck and driver oversight, more companies are paying attention to what happens after their trucks leave the loading dock and hit the road. According to FreightWaves, fleet owners are showing more interest in maintaining a company-wide safety culture which, in turn, helps positively reinforce their relationship with drivers and customers and improves the bottom line.

“Safety has always been a priority, but the change is in how it is being integrated or thought about in terms of the overall operations,” SmartDrive’s Melissa Purcell told FreightWaves. “Technology has certainly facilitated a tighter coupling and more integrated approach to safety.”

In 2018, Odyssey implemented SmartDrive systems in its fleet of bulk tank trucks.

The fully-managed SmartDrive® solution provides commercial trucking fleets with driver performance insights and analysis that help improve driving skills, lower operating costs and improve safety.

“This represents our continued commitment to safety,” said Michael Salz. “Video is transforming the way fleets protect drivers and their businesses, and make the roads safer. Ultimately, the SmartDrive platform helps us identify specific driving skills that may require improvement so we can effectively mitigate risks.”

A Corporate Commitment to Safe Logistics

Odyssey is committed at all levels of our company to working towards continued improvement in safety, health, the environment, and security performance.

Odyssey embodies best practices in safe, disciplined work processes, operating practices and procedures from secure access at our facilities, to rigorous, ongoing screenings of our logistic service providers.

As a statement of our commitment, Odyssey has adopted the Corporate Policy and successfully implemented the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System® to enhance our safety, health, the environment, and security efforts.

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