Ansa-McAl Barbados cements commitment to safe working conditions with new appointment
ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. has further cemented its commitment to the health and safe working conditions of over 900 staff with the appointment of its first manager dedicated to health and safety.
Barbadian, Kevin Drayton was officially appointed recently to the post of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager at ANSA McAL where he is tasked with overseeing the overall health and safety of the group and its subsidiaries. Drayton brings some 20 years combined experience in Health and Safety as well as the Manufacturing sector to his new role.
Prior to joining ANSA McAL Drayton, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science with a minor in Quality Management, held the post of Environment, Health & Safety Manager (Group) at Almond Resorts Inc. for seven years. There he developed and drove Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) programmes as well as facilitated safety plans, emergency evacuation procedures and safety training. The Lodge School alumnus also consulted on industrial relations matters and award incentive programmes for employees. While there Drayton was able to achieve a 9% reduction in staff incidences as well as institute a successful wellness programme. He also led a 7% reduction in utility expenses.
In his new role at ANSA McAL Drayton’s current priority is to improve the level of Health and Safety across the group as well as implement a Wellness programme in line with the Group’s emphasis on being employee centered. “We’ve started assessing the wellness of employees with health checks and will be conducting stress management training as well as exercise classes.” With regard to safety, hazard communications are being emphasised with training already beginning. Drayton has already seen a change in employees. “They are more energized, engaged and are happy to see what’s happening across the Group. Morale is higher.”
Crediting President and CEO, Nicholas Mouttet with being committed to achieving the highest standards in HSE, Drayton said the Group had also implemented a new management system where checks and balances as well as monitoring and evaluation were embedded within the operations of the company in order to achieve greater accountability and rapid corrections.
Welcoming Drayton to ANSA McAL, Mouttet said, “Even before the proclamation of the Safety and Health at Work Act we wanted to be known for building a healthier and safer work environment for our employees, contractors and visitors. Kevin’s appointment and the progress he’s already made will go far in helping us to achieve this. We are fortunate to have someone of his background and experience on board. He is process-oriented, analytical and results-driven, qualities integral to successful HSE programmes.”