The retail giant Amazon is setting a precedent in another area–by committing to investing $800M in worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. From purchasing testing equipment to hygiene-related cleaning supplies to developing new roles and practices, Amazon’s efforts to strengthen its safety culture closely align with the insights and recommendations provided to companies by the National Safety Council (NSC).
If there’s an organization that has been making news in the last few years, Amazon tops the list. From its highly popular Amazon Prime program to their use of AI in elevating logistics- and transportation-related processes, they are also an early adopter of technology and a champion of the customer experience.
Now they about to make a mark in the worker safety area.
Amazon’s Plan to Transform their Worker Safety Practices and Programs
With the end-goal of creating a strong worker safety program and culture, executives have committed to investing $800M during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, what this entails is:
- The development of their own testing lab, which is slated to begin operation in the very near future.
- Purchasing 100 million face masks, 34 million gloves, 48 million ounces of hand sanitizer and 93 million sanitizing spray bottles and wipes in its warehouses.
- Ramping up their investment in hand-washing or sanitizing stations.
- Purchasing a high volume of COVID-19 testing supplies.
- Assigning and hiring “safety and social distancing ambassadors,” whose primary function is to perform safety-promoting tasks and monitor the activity of employees.
How Amazon’s Increased Focus on Safety Measures Aligns with the Recommendations Provided by the National Safety Council (NSC)
Amazon is not the only organization which is putting a strong focus on worker safety. A recent survey conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) provided some key insights around how participating organizations tackled safety-related issues and promoted a safety culture. These include:
- 56% of organizations spend between $0-$100K on safety measures, while 30% spend between $100-$1M.
- 14% of spend was to cover all costs associated with allowing non-essential workers to work remotely.
- 75% of organizations made wearing PPE mandatory.
- 80% provided hand sanitizer to workers.
- 27% of companies boosted the pay of frontline workers.
If nothing else, these findings are proof that many organizations are putting their employees first–simply by putting a serious focus on managing COVID-related health issues.
NSC’s Upcoming State of COVID-19 Response and Future World of Work Summit
Designed to help organizations plan an effective COVID-19 response strategy, NSC’s upcoming State of COVID-19 Response and Future World of Work Summit will be filled with insightful keynote speeches to share guidance, tools and solutions. It will also include panels such as the Employer Response Discussion Panel and the Future World of Work Discussion Panel. On top of that, the topics covered will include: the effectiveness of the “shelter-in-place orders” of various states and how experts envision workplace practices and dynamics once the pandemic is within reasonable control.
With all these great insights in store, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Click here to register for this exciting event to be held on December 9!