WHE19: Transitioning to Tobacco-Free Workplaces | with Laura Higginbotham from Owens Corning

by Joe Sherwood on January 27, 2015

Tobacco Free CampusTobacco-free workplaces have become the norm, but what if your company still has older facilities that have permitted smoking and tobacco products for years? You may face serious resistance from employees, unions, and even local management to transition the facility to a tobacco-free workplace. How do you effectively engage employees and leaders to support the change to tobacco-free?

To share her experience and discuss best practices, our guest is Laura Higginbotham. She is Health and Productivity Leader at Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 manufacturer with about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. OC is most famous for its PINK® FIBERGLAS™ insulation and its mascot, the Pink Panther. The Owens Corning World Headquarters campus has been tobacco-free since the new campus opened in the 1990s. Over the years, Owens Corning has also opened several new tobacco-free manufacturing plants, but at the beginning of 2013, smoking and tobacco products were still a part of daily life at several older factories.

Laura HigginbothamMy interview with Laura was recently recorded onsite at OC’s World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio.

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