We seek to make our employees aware of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) issues relevant to them, our customers, and the communities in which we operate. Our EHS program complies with internationally recognized standards and we draw on our innovative thinking to develop tools that protect our employees’ safety.
Our EHS management
We take an integrated management approach to our EHS program that involves all levels of the company. Overseen by our Corporate Compliance Committee made up of executive leadership, our EHS Policy outlines the EHS principles that apply to all employees and operations. We also have regional EHS committees for North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Asia Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The committees comprise representatives from key functional areas and are responsible for formulating regional EHS objectives, tracking project impact, assessing compliance against local laws and regulations, and identifying any necessary corrective or preventive actions.
Audits and certification
One way we live up to our EHS principle of being responsible is by proactively developing, and continually reviewing and updating, policies and procedures to ensure we are operating in a safe and environmentally conscientious manner.
All key facilities and businesses areas undergo a year-round, risk-based internal audit process that assesses both safety and environmental risks. We also utilize external audits and comply with third-party standards. In addition to our Quality Management (TL9000), Business Continuity (ISO 22301), and Environmental Management (ISO 14001) ISO Management System Standards certifications, we recently migrated from an OHSAS 18001 system to the ISO 45001 Health and Safety system.
Taking an integrated approach to EHS means we attain compliance across our organization, which enables us to remain at the forefront of the industry when it comes to our EHS program.
Our employees’ safety is paramount. Our goal is to maintain the current industry standard accident and injury rate of less than 0.2 per hour worked. In 2020, our total recordable injury rate in the United States was 0.06 per hour worked, with only one reportable accident in 2020.
Innovation is at the heart of our business. We look for ways to combine our innovative thinking and our commitment to putting employee safety first. Our emergency alert tool contacts employees during a disaster or incident to check on their status. From there, we can quickly assess where help is needed and respond with the necessary support.
During times of business as usual, safety training is a critical part of keeping our employees safe and our injury rate low. Training is an ongoing process and employees go through mandatory safety training tailored to their position upon hire, and through refresher campaigns throughout the year.
In addition to safeguarding our employees, we are conscious of our impact on the environment. Our EHS Policy codifies our commitment to pollution prevention and conserving energy and other resources. See the Environment section for more information about our environmental efforts.
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