Feb 20, 2018 07:58 AM
Two file cabinets, one red, the other yellow, stand along an open wall in J. R. Simplot’s office in Fresno, Calif. They are a silent testament to Paul Simpson’s ever-vigilant attention to details, both large and small, that play a role in the company’s emergency action plans.
Simpson, the company’s director of retailer operations in California, chose the colors to give employees a visual reminder or clue to the cabinets’ contents. The red file cabinet holds a variety of safety data sheets. The yellow one holds documents on Simplot environmental, health, safety and security policies and procedures. Everything is clearly marked and filed alphabetically.
“If a regulator walks through the door and wants to review a document we’re supposed to have on file, our employees know exactly where to locate it,” Simpson says. As a result, employees don’t have to resort to searching stacks of folders, fumbling through drawers or skimming papers posted on the wall.
That’s not all. Simpson has a comprehensive plan in place to address a variety of challenges, and employees receive regular training on how to respond to each one.