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Johnson Controls earns first Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Employees worked more than 1.1 million hours without a lost-time injury or illness

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — Johnson Controls in Georgetown was presented today with the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. This was the first such award for Johnson Controls, whose employees went more than 1.1 million hours without a lost-time incident.

johnson“Let’s hope this is the first of many Governor’s Safety and Health Awards for Johnson Controls in Georgetown,” said Kentucky Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts. “This award represents hard work from hundreds of people all working together to make safety a top priority.”

Johnson Controls has approximately 800 employees in Georgetown and more than 130,000 employees worldwide serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company produces lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, seating components and systems for automobiles, and provides services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies for buildings.

“Johnson Controls is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, and the environment in which they work and live,” said Jim Conklin, vice president of operations. “Our mission is to prevent injuries and illnesses, provide world class environmental performance, and ensure the total health and well-being of our employees and their families.”

From 2014 to 2015, the company reduced recordable injuries by 94 percent. One key to their success involved incorporating more than 300 monthly safety audits. The audits included peer-to–peer reviews that focused on team member behaviors as well as observation audits that checked for any hazards or violations.

Johnson Controls has multiple measures in place to prevent injuries. The company works on strengthening and preparing new employees, encouraging workers to report their first signs of discomfort, and stressing that every employee is part of a safety team. All workers are encouraged to report hazards and correct them.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees. The requirement for the Johnson Controls was 1 million hours.

Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible for the award, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.