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Developing a better safety culture doesn’t happen on its own. It takes engagement and participation from the team. But it doesn’t necessarily take a long time. Some activities that can be done in about 10 minutes per week per team member, can work wonders and get results.

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The ZIP program is authorized through Administrative Policy 2-21 “Employee Safety and Health.” AP 2-21 acknowledges the city’s intent to establish and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for City of Houston employees in accordance with Texas statutes and to conduct business in accordance with established state policy on safety standards.

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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.

ZIP was created with an ANSI-Z10 foundation.

According to ANSI-Z10: Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OSHMS) help organizations to continuously identify and eliminate safety and health risks, reduce incident potential, comply with regulations and implement risk-reducing interventions.


Director’s Message

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Jane Cheeks

Human Resources Director

“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.”

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Tina Paez

Administration and Regulatory Affairs Director

“We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all individuals who may work for, visit, or enter our facilities.”

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C.J. Messiah, Jr.

General Services Director

“I fully support the ZIP safety initiative. All employees have the right to work safely and return home safely.”

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Rhea Brown Lawson

Houston Public Library Director

“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.”

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Marsha Murray

Office of Business Opportunity Director

“OBO's policy is to manage operations in a manner that offers maximum protection to those we serve, employ and with whom we partner.”

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J. Elaine Marshall

Municipal Courts Director

“It is our position that production and accident prevention shall co-exist to foster an atmosphere of efficiency, productivity and safety.”

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Margaret Wallace Brown

Planning and Development Director

“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.”

American National Standards Institute

ANSI Z-10 News

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.

How the Z10 Implementation Guide Can Improve Your OHSMS Audit