Behavior-based Safety Programs
We maintain safety programs across all facilities and the majority of our global manufacturing and hourly workforce are also 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
BBS was initiated in 2000 with the “WELD Committee” at our Cleveland, Ohio campus, and 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.
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 global product hazards and compliance with global harmonization standards for the classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS). These investments are made in anticipation of regulatory changes and are often implemented ahead of mandated adoption dates to support our customers’ compliance requirements, which depend on the quality of GHS information provided by their supply chain to ensure health and safety in their workplace.
Free Safety Tools for Customers
With arc welding operators in mind, we offer free posters, guides, videos and interactive tools that outline both mandatory safety practices and those based on decades of shop and worksite experience.
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.