February Member of the Month: Rufus Daniel Evans
VPPPA: What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?
Rufus Daniel Evans: I am the environmental, health, and safety manager for Southwire's OEM division. I have been in this position since 2013.
VPPPA: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
RDE: Too many to choose from... I can't decide between flying, time travel, or a creative green ring! I believe I would want to be able to travel through time.
VPPPA: What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
RDE: Greatest challege of my career was when my company, Southwire Company, made the largest aquistion in it's history when it purchased Coleman Cable, Inc. I was assigned the initial EHS role for all the newly aquired locations across the U.S., and was responsible for bringing them from a "Compliance" mentality for a "VPP" world class mentality.
VPPPA: What is your most recent accomplishment?
RDE: Most recent accomplishment was winning SGE of the year for Region IV, and coming close to winning National SGE of the year in Nashville.
VPPPA: What has been your favorite aspect of being a part of the Association?
RDE: The true partnership between OSHA and companies who want to make a better, safer workplace for their employees... OSHA VPP!
VPPPA: What makes you passionate about the VPPPA?
RDE: Networking with other like-minded employers to learn best practices, sharing failures, and being able to have someone to call when have you questions.
VPPPA: How did you get involved in the Safety & Health world?
RDE: Early in my career, Milliken and Company moved me out of an operations role into the world of safety and HR. We had a lost time incident in 1998 that changed the way I viewed employee safety and I have been passionate about it ever since.
VPPPA: What advice would you give to someone interested in the VPP or the VPPPA?
RDE: To not be shy, be open and honest, learn to share best practices with like-minded VPPPA members, and to continue to improve your locations safety program each and every year despite management and business changes.