ZIP stands for “Zero is Possible”, a standards-based safety campaign with the primary goal of driving the City’s occupational safety awareness and mindset toward zero accidents, zero injuries and zero safety compromises.
Hydration is an essential part of surviving the summer heat
Outdoor activities are a great way to stay physically active, spend time with family and friends and reduce stress. While these activities provide numerous benefits, we must take care to reduce the risk of dehydration and the effects from over exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Here are a few simple tips to help you stay hydrated and safe in the sun.
Gun safety is critical
Whether at home, out on the range, or further afield hunting wild game, safety is the linchpin to using and storing any gun. One of the core tenets of gun safety is to always treat any firearm like it is loaded. With gun ownership widespread — and especially as we move into popular fall hunting seasons — your ZIP safety team wanted to review some important gun safety tips.
Hurricane Season: Be ready for it at work and at home
We are on the doorstep of another hurricane season. The Atlantic starts June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates that above-average ocean temperatures may produce a busy hurricane season.
District Chief Marino takes the lead in new safety role for HFD
When the Houston Fire Department needed a new leader for safety within the department, top administrators knew just who to appoint: Michael Marino. The 20-year HFD veteran had climbed the ranks to district chief. Now Marino is the inaugural health and safety chief.
ZIP is based on the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Z-10 standard for Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OSHMS). It is a premier standard for OHSMSs as shown in the article below.
"Though our collaborative efforts and no compromise approach to occupational safety, we can achieve the goal of no accidents and no injuries in our workplace."
"We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all individuals who may work for, visit, or enter our facilities."
"I fully support the ZIP safety initiative. All employees have the right to work safely and return home safely."
"At the Houston Public Library (HPL), we strongly believe in maintaining a safe work environment for all employees. As an organization, we encourage staff to take an active role in following safe work practices and protocols."
"OBO's policy is to manage operations in a manner that offers maximum protection to those we serve, employ and with whom we partner."
"It is our position that production and accident prevention shall co-exist to foster an atmosphere of efficiency, productivity and safety."
"PD is committed to promoting a culture of workplace safety, and to educating our employees about safety precautions and procedures, so as a department we will support and champion the ideals and goals of the Zero is Possible (ZIP) Safety Initiative."
"HPW is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where employees are empowered to identify and report any safety concerns."
"I fully support the ZIP initiative and expect every employee to be an active participant in improving our safety culture."
"Through our collaborative efforts, we shall work in unison to reduce and subsequently eliminate hazards with our workplace. Thus, achieving our goal of no accidents and no injuries – ZERO IS POSSIBLE!"
"As the Houston Health Department Director, I expect that all HHD employees maintain situational awareness and communicate any safety concerns. With safety as a core value, our Houston Health Department will continue to provide world-class, high-reliability public health services for years to come."
"Department of Neighborhoods will establish and maintain avenues to report, address and resolve safety concerns, disseminate safety information, and solicit employee feedback to assist in our mission of eliminating safety risks."
"The Finance Department will take the time to recognize and commend employees who proactively report safety hazards and those who serve on safety committees. As Director, I fully support the ZIP safety initiative."