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Noble Research Institute Sets New Safety Record

Workplace health and safety are top priorities at Noble Research Institute. The organization provides training and works to integrate safety into every part of its culture.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Between October 2016 and December 2018, Noble Research Institute went more than 1.7 million hours with no loss-time injuries (wherein employees are away from work due to injury).

Employers who reach 1 million or more hours of no loss-time injuries are recognized by the National Safety Council. To reach 1 million hours in an organization with 350 employees takes several years of consistent management.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a safety culture as an environment in which employees have not only a right to a safe and healthful workplace but a responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

Noble has done the following to help integrate safety into its employee culture:

  • Provided training and education
  • Developed hazard recognition and reporting processes
  • Effectively implemented its safety policy and procedures
  • Gained employee commitment and integrity in achieving the goal

This milestone bested the previous organizational record of 1.2 million hours set from 2013 to 2016.


Betsey Kulakowski, Oklahoma Safety Council executive director (left) stands with James Rutledge, Noble safety manager (middle) and Steve Rhines, Noble president and CEO (right).Betsey Kulakowski, Oklahoma Safety Council executive director (left) stands with James Rutledge, Noble safety manager (middle) and Steve Rhines, Noble president and CEO (right).

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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