Environmental Health & Safety (EHS): Our Number One Value
At Safway, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is our number one value. It's a basic right, and our first and
foremost responsibility is protecting our workers. In addition, we believe we owe it to anyone and everyone
working with, in and around our products and services to maintain and continuously improve our safety
performance – setting the standard in our industry.
Safway's commitment to EHS starts at the top with our executive leadership team and cascades throughout our
organization to include our entire network of companies, branches, locations and jobsites. Ownership, personal
responsibility and the importance of following policies and procedures is consistently communicated across our
company. Our leadership team believes that ALL accidents can be prevented and that ALL of our employees are
responsible for EHS – not only for themselves – but for their co-workers, customers and contractors on each and
every jobsite where we are delivering products and services.
Safway's leadership philosophy is one of Servant Leaders. This means we believe it is a privilege (not a right) to
lead. Our leadership teams are dedicated to providing support and guidance through our individual actions and
behaviors every day.
Additionally, we believe that safety drives efficiency and productivity. The safest company is also going to
provide the best quality and performance at the lowest total installed cost.
Safway has developed proactive programs and processes to continually improve EHS. These include:
10 Life Saving Rules
Every Safway employee must live by these ten zero-tolerance safety rules to protect themselves and others from injury.
Stop Work Authority and Intervention
All Safway employees are empowered with the authority to intervene and stop work whenever they think an unsafe condition may exist.
Planning and Job Hazard Analysis
Safway's Job Planning Process consists of Site Hazard Assessments, Site Safety Plans, and Job Hazard
Analyses. Every Safway employee is recognized as a safety representative first and foremost and is to
address each task with safety awareness through our Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) process. The JHA process
is designed to recognize hazards and eliminate or mitigate them prior to executing tasks.
Safety Behavior Observation Process
This proactive tool helps us identify and correct behaviors in the workplace that could lead to poor
decisions in the hazard recognition and control process. The immediate goal of our Safety Behavior
Observation Process is to stop accidents before they happen by identifying potential hazards associated
with the environment, project, or work practices and coach employees on the correct behaviors.
Monitoring & Training
Safety training is conducted as part of every new hire orientation. In addition, task, site, environmental,
compliance and best practices training is continuous and ongoing everyday throughout all Safway Group
companies. At thousands of jobsites across North America, jobsite inspections, employee observations,
safety meetings and toolbox talks occur regularly.
Parternships for Safety
Safway teamed up with Honeywell to develop customized, personal protective equipment designed
specifically for our industry. In addition, Safway Group partnered with the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) on a national initiative to prevent falls, the
leading cause of work-related injury and deaths.
How do we know we are continually improving in safety? In addition to tracking lagging indicators, we
track leading indicators to identify areas of potential risks and act on them to help prevent the accident
from occurring. We evaluate the effectiveness of our safety practices, processes and programs and
continue to make adjustments to keep our employees and customers safe.