New Safety-Related Benchmarks Debut at Annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Chicago

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Towers Perrin-ISR will unveil world's only benchmarked database of safety culture opinions while introducing three other new benchmarks built from hundreds of thousands of survey responses.

Towers Perrin-ISR is the first organization in the world to deliver a Process Safety Culture benchmark, and its existence will allow many other companies to truly understand the cultural factors that need to be addressed in order to achieve best-in-class workplace safety.

Towers Perrin-ISR, the research practice of global professional services firm Towers Perrin, will unveil highlights of four new safety-related benchmarks, including its new Process Safety Culture benchmark, in a presentation at the annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Chicago on October 15.

Entitled "Safe Work Environments: The Importance of Culture", the roundtable discussion will highlight results of three case studies, including a three-year study of a global petrochemical company, to illustrate the importance of understanding employee perspectives when developing safety action plans. The company featured in the case study is a top-five global energy producer with operations in 180 countries, and the study represents opinions of more than 35,000 of its employees.

In addition to unveiling the 2007 Process Safety Culture Benchmark, Towers Perrin-ISR will reveal three additional benchmarks: its 2007 Best-in-Class Process Safety Culture Benchmark, its Personal/Occupational Safety Culture Benchmark, and its High-Performing Personal/Occupational Safety Benchmark. Both of the high-performing safety benchmarks contain results of industry-leading companies and offer realistic, attainable levels of safety excellence for which safety culture-conscious firms can strive. These benchmarks collectively contain hundreds of thousands of employee safety perceptions.

The two process safety culture benchmarks will enable organizations to compare the cultural and environmental issues that impact workplace safety to those factors that drive the top performing organizations in the world. This includes issues like supervision, empowerment, teamwork and workload.

Moderator Paul Restivo, the director of the Center for Environmental Health at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will moderate a panel discussion with Project Director Joseph Dettmann, Research Associate Justine O'Connor and Research Development Director Amy Johnson.

"Our model, which is driven by results from large-scale employee opinion surveys, identifies workplace characteristics associated with superior safety ratings, such as total recordable incident rates," said Dettmann. "Towers Perrin-ISR is the first organization in the world to deliver a Process Safety Culture benchmark, and its existence will allow many other companies to truly understand the cultural factors that need to be addressed in order to achieve best-in-class workplace safety."

About Towers Perrin-ISR:
Towers Perrin-ISR, the research practice of Towers Perrin, is a global leader in organizational research, focusing on all key business stakeholders, from employees to senior leaders to customers.

Towers Perrin-ISR uses advanced research techniques to gain insights into the views of these stakeholder groups and to understand the impact of their differing perceptions on behavior, performance and results. It draws on these insights to shape the people strategies and programs that help lift financial performance through enhanced workforce attraction, retention, productivity, innovation, ethics, safety and engagement.

Founded in 1974, ISR built the world's largest normative database on organizational attitudes, covering more than 60 countries worldwide. In 2007, ISR became part of Towers Perrin, marrying insights to solutions to create the most comprehensive and sophisticated approach to workforce engagement, management and performance available in the world today.

Towers Perrin's businesses include HR Services, Reinsurance and Tillinghast. The HR Services business of Towers Perrin provides global human resource consulting and related services that help organizations effectively manage their investment in people. The firm offers its clients services in areas such as employee benefits, compensation, communication, change management, employee research and the delivery of HR services.To find out more, visit http://www.isrinsight.com and http://www.towersperrin.com.

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