At Lincoln Electric, we are Committed To Operational Excellence And The Continuous Improvement Of The Health And Safety Of Our Employees, Customers And Neighbors, As Well As Preserving The Integrity Of Our Environment. This commitment is supported by senior management, global EHS&Q systems, and is considered the individual and collective responsibility of all Lincoln Electric employees.
Our policy expects that we work to improve health and safety, and reduce the environmental risks of our suppliers and customers as well as those at our Lincoln Electric sites.
EH&S Directives & Framework
We ensure compliance and the continuous improvement of the environmental performance of our products and operations through our global EHS&Q systems. Our systems are guided by the Corporate EHS&Q Policy, Corporate Directives and corporate standards that establish consistent guidelines for the management, measurement and reporting of environmental, health and safety activities, as well as quality across Lincoln Electric's global platform
Managing Environmental Risk to Our Operations
We work with partners to assess the potential impacts of environmental risks to our operations and apply the appropriate modifications needed to protect our facilities against climate-related, naturally-occurring events to mitigate risk. We monitor these changing risks to ensure the safety of our employees and the continuity of our operations
IT'S NOT JUST HOW WE OPERATE
Our products support our customers' sustainable operations as well through
- Enhanced worker safety
- Reduced emissions
- Improved energy efficiency
- Reduced waste
- Lower dependency on natural resources
- Regulatory compliance
We achieve our safety and environmental goals through the regular assessment, measurement and improvement of our environmental performance. We utilize the international ISO 14001 framework as an environmental management system to identify, implement and measure improvements in resource efficiency, waste reduction and the resulting cost savings.
In 2020, 84% of qualified facilities were ISO 14001 certified of which 100% of major manufacturing sites are certified. Additionally, 27% were also certified to the ISO 45001 standard for occupational health safety. All remaining applicable sites are working toward ISO 14001 certification. Lincoln Electric ISO certifications can be found here.
In addition, two facilities are in the early stages of adopting the ISO 50001 standard as an energy management system to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and cost. Lincoln Electric Canada was first in our site to be certified to this standard in 2013.
Local EH&S initiatives address each site’s continuous improvement opportunities and support consolidated EH&S goals. A corporate EH&S organization provides oversight and global coordination of best practices, ISO implementation support, and assessment of all sites’ compliance with regional regulatory standards, EH&S Global Directives and Corporate policies. This team reports to the General Counsel and provides quarterly reporting to the executive management team. Results are further audited and reported to the Board of Directors as part of Lincoln Electric's enterprise risk management review of operational risk to ensure the highest level of focus by the organization.
Recognizing achievements and rewarding best practices reinforces our culture of continuous improvement. In 2021 we presented awards for the 12th consecutive year for a variety of EH&S related achievements, including sustainability, safety, and attaining one million hours without a safety incident (DART & Recordable case). In addition, the "Chairman's Award for EH&S Excellence" distinguishes facilities who exemplify best-in-class EH&S performance using criteria that includes ISO 14001 certification, continual improvement on energy, waste and water, a safety TRC rate below the Company average, and a culture of EH&S continuous improvement as a core operating value. Lincoln has also added a Stewardship Award which recognizes significant contributions from employees supporting our sustainability programs.