This month we introduce you to Denny Noel, Director, Alamo Group Employee Safety and Environmental Compliance at Alamo Group Inc., one of the members who helps make our network so unique.
Why did you join NAEM?
My position requires me to provide support to many companies in various stages of culture and program development. Interaction with other professionals with similar experience would be beneficial in providing new ideas or processes to aid in this support effort.
What are currently working on?
Alamo Group just purchased a large manufacturing company and much of my current time is being spent in initiating safety training and programs to improve the safety culture as well as establishing lean practices at these facilities. In addition, I must continue to support the various other facilities within the Alamo Group portfolio.
What do you like about your job?
I am most passionate about engaging with the employees and effecting positive change to not only their work environment but also to their lives in general through training and conversation.
What is your biggest challenge in your current role?
Currently, we v dealing with the integration of several new companies into the Alamo Group family. Providing for this change in the way they normally operate is the most challenging aspect currently.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
Our goal regarding safety is (of course) zero injuries. This goal requires focus and engagement at all levels within all facilities. I am most proud of the fact that a number of our facilities have reached this goal and several others are well on the way. I am also proud of the programs we have established to provide for more direct and effective communication regarding safety, environmental and production issues between all of our facilities.
What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?
Safety requires the engagement of everyone from the top down. As a result, your success is dependent upon the amount of support you get from those who run the business. If that support is not there, you are being set up for failure. Proper EHS management affects all aspects of the business and should, therefore, be an important part of the management team.
What are the three words your spouse/colleagues/best friends would use to describe you?
Engaged, friendly, a good listener, able to provide easy to understand descriptions of technical topics.
What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?
Everything and everybody is connected. Therefore, all that we do affects everything.
What do you like to do during your free time?
Hiking, martial arts, guitar