Creating Safe Environments
At Wabtec, safety has always been our first priority. Our People-First Policy outlines our goal to provide safe environments for our employees, contractors and members of the surrounding communities. We are committed to compliance with the environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws and regulations in the places where we operate. We also endeavor to continuously improve and foster a culture that mitigates hazards and results in zero accidents.
In the spirit of continuous improvement, we implemented a new EHS management system in 2020 – Wabtec Management System for Safe Environments (WMS). The WMS establishes a set of standardized EHS program expectations utilizing Gensuite’s Framework Scorecard. It includes 13 core elements, including leadership & accountability, regulatory applicability, EHS process & systems, risk assessment, safety defenses, exposure defenses, environmental defenses, and contractor management. We plan to validate and measure our operational sites against these EHS program expectations. In addition to the WMS, Wabtec utilizes a series of core requirements to outline the key elements that our operations teams must plan, do, check and act in critical areas of health and safety, such as machine safety, electrical safety, lifting operations, forklift and material handling, among others.
Lastly, an important aspect of our EHS culture is training and people development. Our primary training focus is to enable our employees to do their jobs safely. We offer hundreds of training courses each year, which are delivered in person, online and via videos from Wabtec’s Learning Management System. Wabtec also seeks to develop the technical and leadership skills of its EHS professionals through formal skills and competency training, as well as varied work experience to provide growth opportunities. Lastly, we strive to increase operational accountability at all levels from frontline supervisors to senior leaders. Our focus areas include hazard recognition, risk reduction and employee engagement.