Health and Safety
Commitment to Safety
Protecting the safety of our employees and visitors is the most important aspect of running our business.
All employees have the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to a safe work environment by using common-sense rules and safe practices, along with notifying management when any health or safety issues are present. All employees are encouraged to partner with management to ensure maximum safety for all.
In the event of an emergency, notify the appropriate emergency personnel by dialing 911. Other health and/or safety questions, concerns, or issues should be reported to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).
If your struggling and ever contemplating suicide, be aware that help is always immediately available. In addition to looking towards your family, closest peers, and Company management for support, we've provided a couple of professional resources below that are ready to assist as well:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Company takes every reasonable precaution to ensure that employees have a safe working environment. Safety measures and rules are in place for the protection of all employees. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each employee to help prevent accidents. To ensure the continuation of a safe workplace, you should review and understand all provisions of the Company’s safety materials.
You are expected to use all safety and protective equipment provided, and maintain work areas in a safe and orderly manner, free from hazardous conditions. You should recognize any potential fire hazards and be aware of fire escape routes and protocols. Do not block fire exits, tamper with fire extinguishers, or otherwise create fire hazards. If you observe an unsafe practice or condition it should be reported to a direct/indirect manager and/or Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) immediately. Any questions regarding safety and safe practices should be directed to (EH&S).
In the event of an accident, you must notify a direct/indirect manager and/or EH&S immediately. Report every injury, regardless of how minor; physical discomfort caused by repetitive tasks must also be reported. For more information about on the job injuries, refer to Workers Compensation.
Employees must be alert and aware of any potential dangers to themselves or coworkers. Take every precaution to ensure that your surroundings are safe and secure and guard personal belongings while on Company premisses. Visitors should be escorted at all times within restricted areas, unless granted prior permission to work unsupervised. You are prohibited from making threats against anyone in connection with your work or engaging in violent activities while employed by the Company.
Any suspicious or dangerous activities should be reported to a direct/indirect manager, and/or Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) immediately.
In the event of injury to an employee, assist the employee only if the surrounding environment is safe. When assisting an injured employee take appropriate measures to prevent further injury to the employee or injury to yourself. If the employee is unreachable, unresponsive, or is experiencing extreme discomfort call 911 immediately.
If you can see flames, see or smell smoke or if you hear a fire/smoke alarm, or smell gas or carbon monoxide alarm, proceed quickly, but calmly to the nearest exit. Once safely outside, call 911 immediately.
In response to severe weather, designated safe areas will be detailed outside of this guide and will depend on the location. If sheltered inside, and the facility is significantly damaged, proceed quickly, but calmly to the nearest exit when safe to do so.
In the event of a powerful earthquake, the best course of action is to maneuver under a sturdy object to avoid being impacted by falling debris. Once the quake can no longer be felt, proceed to the nearest exit.
When a facility has been evacuated only Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) or a Company executive may only authorize employees to re-enter.
The Company will always make every attempt to be open for business. In situations in which some employees are concerned about their safety, senior officials may advise managers to notify their departments that the office is not officially closed, but anyone may choose take unpaid leave if he or she feels uncomfortable.
If the office is officially closed during the course of the day to permit employees to leave early, non-exempt employees will be paid for only the actual hours worked. However, these employees may use paid time off (PTO). Exempt employees will be paid for a normal full day, but are expected to complete their work at another time.
Tobacco-Free Facilities and Vehicles
Everyone is strictly prohibited from using tobacco products inside Company facilities, including office and warehouse spaces. This also includes a zero-tolerance towards anyone using tobacco products when operating or riding in Company-owned vehicles and equipment.
Tobacco products include all ash-producing apparatuses, vaporizing devices, and chewable forms of tobacco.
The use of tobacco products is only permissible while in designated smoking/tobacco use areas, which will vary depending on location. Consult your direct manager or a fellow coworker to locate a designated smoking/tobacco use area.
Employees are only permitted to use tobacco products during break and meal periods. Tobacco products with hot embers shall be discarded in a smoker's receptacle; DO NOT DISCARD HOT ASHES INTO A DUMPSTER OR REGULAR TRASH BIN. Other tobacco paraphernalia shall be disposed of in accordance with the manufacturer's discarding recommendations or requirements.
Preventing the Spread of Germs
How Germs Spread
Illnesses such as the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and cold usually spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
How to Help Stop the Spread of Germs
1. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with the other side of your elbow if you do not have a tissue.
- Clean your hands every time you cough or sneeze.
2. Clean your hands often.
- When available, wash your hands with soap and warm water, then rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all skin surfaces.
- Wash for fifteen (15) to twenty (20) seconds.
- It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
- When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.
- If using a gel, rub the gel in your hands until they are dry.
- The gel does not need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs that cause colds and the flu.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, and/or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for two hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and tables.
4. Stay home when you are sick and check with a health care provider when needed.
When you are sick or have flu symptoms, stay home, get plenty of rest, and check with a health care provider as needed. Remember, keeping your distance from others may protect them from getting sick. Common symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever (usually high)
- Extreme tiredness
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
5. Practice other good health habits.
Practicing healthy habits will help you stay healthy during the flu season and all year long. You can do this by:
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Be physically active
- Manage your stress
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat nutritious foods.
Additional Health and Safety Resources
The Company's Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department maintains numerous publications regarding Company policy and procedures in addition to safe work practices. These resources include:
- Injury and Illness Prevention Program
- Violence in the Workplace
- Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention
- Hazardous Communication
- Heat Illness Prevention
- Respiratory Protection
- Electrical Safety
- Ladder Safety
All employees are expected to review and understand the resources that pertain to their working environment.