January 9, 2007
For Heinz Gall, functional safety division manager for TUV Rheinland of North America, a provider of compliance testing and certification, management system auditing and certification, field evaluation services, and consumer product services, workplace safety is a passion. When Siemens Energy and Automation approached him with the opportunity to appear in a new movie aimed at educating U.S. companies about the newest developments in workplace safety, he jumped at the chance, believing he could share information that would help save workers' lives.
"There have been monumental improvements in safety systems over the last decade with new technologies and programmable safety systems that greatly improve functionality over older, hard-wired systems," said Gall. "These new systems offer a superior level of safety than the old systems, and require less maintenance, less downtime for repairs, and better diagnostics. This all adds up to better safety for employees and less lost time for the companies due to maintenance and repair. So the opportunity to spread the message via a film was something I could not pass up."
A kickoff for the film called "SAFETY: Uncover the Competitive Advantage"was held in Chicago Dec. 4, and the film now is making rounds at 45 metropolitan areas across the U.S. during January and February. Local business leaders will be invited to view the movie in a local multiplex, and over the course of 45 minutes, they will learn strategies to meet changing industry safety standards, control operating costs through risk minimization and process optimization, and lower costs through a common safety and control approach. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session and access to experts for one-on-one discussion of developments discussed in the movie.
For more information about the movie and a listing of dates and times for screenings, visit www.SafetyTheMovie.com.