Eric Hallerud, corporate safety manager
City Hall, 10th Floor
414 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106Phone:
Kansas City uses best practices and maintains robust initiatives, which enable it to be among the top 25 percent of cities of its size in occupational injury and illness frequency rate, and workers’ compensation loss experience within five years.
The Corporate Safety Division provides guidance and support to all City departments by providing safe and healthful workplaces for all City employees. The overall goal of the Corporate Safety Division is to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses among employees of the City of Kansas City, Mo.
Division strategies include; employing best practices in identifying and abating occupational hazards before injuries and illnesses can occur; educating persons at all levels in the organization regarding physical conditions and personal behaviors that lead to injuries and illnesses; and promoting a culture where people at all levels willingly partner to help preserve life and health.
The division also employs best practices on a post injury or illness basis to reduce suffering and the associated financial losses. The division is a strong advocate of functional job descriptions, pre-employment background checks, employee drug testing, early return to work, the use of preferred medical providers, effective case management and the investigation of injuries and accidents.
Play It Safe Campaign
The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Safety Team developed a “Play it Safe While Driving” campaign in June 2012 as an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. All City employees were encouraged to take a pledge to drive cell phone free. By its close on December 31, the campaign had garnered over 1,000 pledges. Read more.