Deb SBS wanted to recognize and show appreciation for its employees’ good safety record at its Stanley, N.C., soap manufacturing plant, so it enlisted the help of its suppliers, the local American Red Cross Chapter, and Gaston Eye Associates for its first annual “Safety Day.”

Plant Manager John Campbell and Production Manager Don Collins both had experience with “Safety Days” at previous places of employment and decided it would be a good thing to do at Deb SBS. Because June is designated National Safety Month, they decided it was appropriate to schedule the day during June.

“We closed the plant from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for all the 1st shift employees and invited everyone on the second shift to come in for “Safety Day” and enjoy a lunch of grilled chicken and hot dogs. This is the South, so you need to feed them. Human Resources Manager Ann Weaver and our Activities Committee did a great job organizing the food” Campbell said. He said the employees provided the slaw, baked beans, etc., and the company provided the chicken, hot dogs and drinks.

He started the day’s activities with a talk praising the employees for their safety record and urging them to continue their emphasis on safety.  

Collins said, “The Gaston Chapter of the American Red Cross did blood pressure screenings and Gaston Eye Associates did vision checks.”

Not everything was in a serious vein. There was a “football throw” and putt-putt for prizes and there was a wheel to spin for more prizes. At the end of the celebration there were drawings for more prizes ranging from hats and tape measures to $50 gift certificates.

The day’s giveaways were provided by various suppliers, including A.C. Logistics, Ashland Chemical Company, and Packaging Unlimited.

Personnel from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a large customer, also came to participate in Safety Day.

The company provided the employees with tee shirts emblazoned with Deb SBS Safety Day 08. “This means we are committed to do it next year,” Collins said.