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.


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Be Prepared

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.

It pays to be prepared at home and at work. For COH employees, that includes knowing your Tier designation and what to do if severe weather threatens the Houston area.

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Well done

SWMD Northeast Service Center first to finish ZIP training modules

Congratulations to the Solid Waste Northeast Service Center. Under the leadership of Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations Jeffrey Williams, they became the first SWMD Service Center to complete the ZIP training modules.

Also contributing to the achievement were Reno Wilkins, HR Risk Management safety supervisor, and Debra Blackshear, SWMD safety manager, who spearheaded the training. More than 85 employees have completed the ZIP training modules. The training led to detailed discussions regarding driving safely; slips, trips and falls; back safety; and overall professional accountability.

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HR Risk Management's Worden, Guillory receive safety recognition


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.

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

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Safety from the Sidelines

For Shohn Davison, college and early career lit a fire for safety advocacy

Shohn Davison is a well-traveled safety and environmental advocate. His career spans more than 20 years. We sat down with Shohn and took a deep dive into his life of S&E. now.

Jane Cheeks Image "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."

- Jane Cheeks
Human Resources Director

Tina Paez Image "We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all individuals who may work for, visit, or enter our facilities."

- Tina Paez
Administration and Regulatory Affairs Director

C.J. Messiah, Jr. Image "I fully support the ZIP safety initiative. All employees have the right to work safely and return home safely."

- C.J. Messiah, Jr.
General Services Director

Rhea Brown Lawson Image "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."

- Rhea Brown Lawson
Houston Public Library Director

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

- Marsha Murray
Office of Business Opportunity Director

J. Elaine Marshall Image "It is our position that production and accident prevention shall co-exist to foster an atmosphere of efficiency, productivity and safety."

- J. Elaine Marshall
Municipal Courts Director

Margaret Wallace Brown Image "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."

- Margaret Wallace Brown
Planning and Development Director

Carol Haddock Image "HPW is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where employees are empowered to identify and report any safety concerns."

- Carol Haddock
Houston Public Works Director

Arturo Michael Image "I fully support the ZIP initiative and expect every employee to be an active participant in improving our safety culture."

- Arturo Michael
City of Houston Attorney

Pat J. Daniel Image "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!"

- Pat J. Daniel
City Secretary

Stephen L. Williams Image "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."

- Stephen L. Williams
Houston Health Department Director

Takasha L. Francis Image "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."

- Takasha L. Francis
Department of Neighborhoods Director

Tantri Emo Image "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."

- Tantri Emo
Finance Department Director/Chief Business Officer

Zip Department Updates


Department Information

611 Walker, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Benefits: 832-393-6000
Main: 832-393-6100
Safety Hotline: 832-393-7233