Eaton’s safety principles underline the importance of protecting our employees’ well-being:
Our Safety Principles require each individual to be responsible and accountable for recognizing and correcting at-risk behavior or unsafe conditions. This includes abiding by the following core Safety Expectations. We consider these expectations to be absolutes, because a violation could result in serious injury or even death.
The following rules must be followed at all times. Violation will result in termination.
Working safely is a condition of employment at our company. We will not permit retaliation against an employee who in good faith reports a safety violation. Employees who violate core Safety Expectations or other safety requirements may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Violation of the Zero Tolerance Life Saving Rules will result in termination.
Our goal is to provide a secure and safe work environment for all of our employees, contractors, and visitors. The EHS Handbook applies to all third parties performing activities at our locations. This includes suppliers, contingent workers, contractors, vendors, visitors, and all other non-Eaton employees. The handbook provides a brief summary of the EHS practices required for working at our company. Handbook compliance — and of all legal, site and project-specific requirements — is a condition of working for our company.
Our employees and contractors may perform work on premises not controlled by Eaton, such as service activities at customer locations. In such cases the provision of a secure and safe work environment might depend on the actions (or failure to take action) of others. The EHS guideline provides a summary of requirements to be considered by those parties with overall EHS responsibility on such sites, as compliance of such — and of all legal, site- and project-specific requirements — is a condition of working on non-Eaton controlled sites. Eaton personnel or contractors are entitled to stop activities and withdraw themselves from the place of work whenever any requirement outlined in the EHS guideline is not met, or whenever they would consider themselves or Eaton property to be exposed to unacceptable health and safety risks being generated by third parties due to lack of appropriate control.
Eaton is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and products wherever we do business, and to continuously improve in our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance. It is the responsibility of every employee to meet this EHS policy.
To that end, Eaton applies a standard group of practices worldwide for ethics, energy and water consumption, waste generation, product quality, employee safety and more. We specifically direct our EHS efforts in the following areas:
The Eaton Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety is responsible for implementing the EHS policy. The Eaton Board of Directors Governance Committee has oversight regarding significant public policy with respect to our relationships with shareholders, employees, customers, competitors, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. These issues include EHS concerns as outlined in the Eaton EHS policy.
Eaton’s risk assessments and audits of our health and safety procedures provide tangible results.
To accelerate our execution of a Zero Incident Safety Program we deploy our focus site program. We strategically select the sites based on recent health and safety performance and existing safety culture. The program seeks to improve the health and safety of our employees while rigorously nurturing a Zero Incident Safety Culture. We do this by focusing on and implementing the fundamentals of a successful safety program, which includes:
In 2012, we launched our Focus Site program, a disciplined process of data analysis to identify and understand key hazards and risks and to prioritize improvement plans to eliminate safety incidents at Eaton facilities. Since then, we have seen improvement in focus sites. The 2016 Focus Sites improved their collective TRCR and DACR by 16%, contributing significantly to the overall improvement of the company.
To ensure continuing safety performance, we regularly refresh communications on key safety values and behaviors. This is supported by many types of EHS training for all employees as well as specialized training for leaders.
Our Safety Awards program honors those sites with outstanding safety performance. These awards recognize sites that practice outstanding safety performance, including: