SAFETY RESOURCES & INITIATIVES
Behavior-based Safety Programs
We maintain safety leadership programs across all facilities. The majority of our global manufacturing and hourly workforce are represented by an employee-led, peer-to-peer behavior-based safety (BBS) organization that educates and enforces safe work habits and behaviors to prevent injury and reduce workplace risk. BBS programs include:
- peer-to-peer safety observations
- peer-to-peer feedback
- mentoring of new employees until they pass safety certifications and can mentor others and serve on safety committees
- extensive job appropriate training
BBS was initiated in 2000 with the “WELD Committee” at our Cleveland, Ohio campus. Now in its twentieth year, local BBS organizations have expanded across our global footprint and engage workers at all levels to generate awareness, education and training on workplace EH&S issues. In China, the adoption of a peer-to-peer BBS program reduced lost work day incidents by 400% over a 3 year period and led to additional safety improvements—exemplifying the positive impact of a BBS program.
Additionally, our manufacturing facilities have employee-led and management-supported committees which meet regularly to discuss concerns and topical safety or environmental issues, regulatory changes, and improvement projects. These committees also leverage Gemba Kaizen to drive operational excellence and perform Gemba Walks through our facilities to develop continuous improvement expertise and leadership in the organization
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
We provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to our customers to ensure proper product stewardship and workplace safety. Our catalog of SDS information can be accessed HERE.
Please note that no animal testing is carried out by Lincoln Electric in order to provide safety data sheet information. Toxicological and ecological data is provided from information services we subscribe to, and are derived from published research studies. This research data is utilized for development of compliant SDS and other documents, as required by law. Such information is crucial in providing customers with the information they need to use products safely, by best-protecting not only their employees, but also the environments wherein they operate.
Supporting Customer Compliance to Promote Safety
We prioritize customer and end user safety through a commitment to product safety standards and investment in systems to ensure proactive, comprehensive communication of product hazards in compliance with global harmonization standards (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals . These investments are made in anticipation of regulatory changes to support our customers’ compliance requirements and to ensure health and safety in their workplace, which depends on the quality of GHS information provided by their supply chain.
Safety Tools for Customers
Arc welding is a safe occupation when sufficient safety precautions are in place to protect the welder from potential hazards. At Lincoln Electric, we are committed to providing professional welders, instructors and students with products, information and resources designed to ensure safety on the job site and in the classroom. These resources include:
- Welding helmets, welding safety glasses, welding gloves, welding clothing, and other safety equipment
- Weld fume control solutions including extraction and filtration systems
- Welding safety video series
- Free arc welding safety posters, brochures, FAQs, data sheets and DVDs
Responsive Technical EH&S Support to Promote Safety
Our goal is to provide our customers with the analysis and technology that can make their welding applications as safe as possible. We leverage our technical EH&S expertise to advise customers on the continuous improvement of operational processes and procedures to address product safety concerns and compliance issues. Today, we are the industry leader in providing fume analysis and welding application expertise to assist in improving customers’ fabrication processes to protect the health and well-being of their employees. Additionally, we field EH&S regulatory inquiries, provide educational seminars and webinars on regulatory changes that may affect customers, and utilize in-house technical research and laboratory testing for detailed, customized projects.