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 recognising and correcting at-risk behaviour 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 also 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 compliance with 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 with these requirements—and with 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 due to lack of appropriate control on the part of any third party.
Eaton is proud to have strong internal processes and controls for managing our sustainability performance. Many of these controls connect individuals and teams across our company and include management at each level of the organisation.
Eaton’s risk assessments and audits of our health and safety procedures provide tangible results.
To accelerate implementation of our Zero Incident Safety Culture we deploy our focus site programme. We strategically select the sites based on recent health and safety performance and the existing safety culture. The programme 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 programme, which includes:
In 2012, we launched our focus site programme, a disciplined process of data analysis to identify and understand key hazards and risks and to prioritise 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 per cent, contributing significantly to the overall improvement of the company.
To ensure continuing safety performance, we regularly refresh communications on key safety values and behaviours. This is supported by many types of EHS training for all employees as well as specialised training for leaders.
Our Safety Awards programme honours those sites with outstanding safety performance. These awards recognise sites that practice outstanding safety performance, including: