Once the focus of simple tripping hazards and safe lifting, store safety programs have evolved over the years to take on aspects of everything from aggressive behaviors, to mental heath and active threats. Creating an environment where customers feel safe shopping in our stores and where our associates are comfortable at work is critical—not only to a company’s bottom line but to its sustainability in the communities they serve.
Building and implementing a successful safety strategy takes buy-in at all levels, from the C-suite to the store associate and everyone in between. Join us on Thursday, February 22nd from 2 – 3:30 p.m. as we look at the broad spectrum of what it means to “be safe” in 2024, with panelists from Big Y Foods, The Kroger Company, and Walgreens discussing opportunities and successes.
Maureen Fuller – Senior Manager of Asset Protection at Big Y Foods: As a member of the Big Y Family for 34 years, Maureen has a background in operations and customer service holding various positions in the stores, which greatly helped her transition into asset protection. After arriving in asset protection, she held several positions including 16 years as the AP field manager, recently being promoted to senior manager of asset protection. Her responsibilities include oversight of all AP personnel, internal and external investigations, operational compliance and shrink mitigation, and physical security.
Tina Baumann – Senior Manager of Safety and OSHA Compliance at The Kroger Company: Over the course of her 27 years with Kroger, Baumann has held a number of diverse leadership roles in addition to her safety expertise. She spent 22 years in multiple manufacturing divisions as a senior leader of human resources and safety compliance. After moving to corporate office, Tina led the COVID effort for the enterprise. Finally, the last 3 years she has led the Safety and Compliance Team for all retail locations, jewelry locations and central fill pharmacy. As part of this role, she also leads the Kroger “AllSafe!” initiative, which highlights employees that have gone above and beyond to contribute life-saving support to customers and employees across the enterprise.
Amber Durkin – Senior Director of Employee and Environmental Safety at Walgreens: Amber has been managing safety and health programs for companies for 19 years, the last eight as a member of the Walgreens team where she has been responsible for developing, implementing, and sustaining programs, policies, and practices related to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulatory compliance and risk management across the business.
Julie Biederman – Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Walgreens: As the primary member of the environmental, safety, and health team at Walgreens, Julie reports to the senior director, where she is responsible for occupational health and safety programs, as well as environmental, injury management, and liability losses.
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