SAFETY POLICY MISSION STATEMENT


The City of South Portland is extremely conscious of the safety of our employees and citizens, and the importance of our physical assets.  As an employer, we recognize the obligation to ensure the safest possible work place for our employees.  As a governmental entity, we recognize our responsibility to protect the City of South Portland’s physical assets from damage or loss and to provide a safe environment for the public we serve.  Our ultimate goal is to achieve an accident free, loss free environment for our employees and public.

To help meet these goals, the City of South Portland has allocated resources to administer an aggressive safety and loss control program. Some of the program components include an Executive Safety Board, Safety Coordinator, department safety committees, written safety policies and procedures, employee training, safety inspections and additional administrative controls.


The overall program is the responsibility of the City Manager.  Administrative responsibility is assigned to the Human Resources Department and Safety Coordinator.  The Human Resources Department and Safety Coordinator, however, are not responsible for departmental safety, which is the responsibility of department heads and supervisors.  It is expected that department heads will complement the efforts of the Human Resources Department, Safety Coordinator and Safety Committees to reduce losses and provide for the safety of employees and the public.  These safety and loss control responsibilities are continuous and equal in importance with all other operational considerations.


It is the responsibility of each employee to follow all safety work rules and procedures, and to cooperate with and support safety and loss control program activities and objectives.  Each employee is expected to report any unsafe conditions and to ask for instruction from a supervisor to monitor and assist employees in the safe performance of their duties.  Safe work practices and attitudes are an expected and essential part of every employee’s job duties and performance.
Safety and loss control is every employee’s responsibility.  This mission statement will be reviewed annually to allow the City of South Portland to meet the mutually beneficial goal of maintaining a safe, loss free environment for both our employees and the citizens we serve.

 

Scott Morelli, City Manager