The importance of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE)

Our SHE policy is to manage all activities without hurting anyone, annoying our neighbors or harming the environment. Our motto 'prevention is better than cure' is felt throughout our whole organization. We protect our colleagues and each other. Stahl has a very good track record when it comes to safety, health and environment standards. Obviously, we want to keep things that way and therefore formulated the following key principles. 

A safe working environment is vital to our success and is achieved by sound policies & procedures. A safe working environment is also a collective endeavor and each employee is a critical link in the safety chain. Safety needs constant attention and improvement. Stahl believes that the impact of its business activities on the Safety, Health and Environment of its customers, employees, agents and the public at large, is an essential part of doing business. Stahl is therefore committed to the highest standards as outlined in its policy statements and documents.

At Stahl, we:
  • give safety, health and environment the first priority
  • obey all laws and are responsible corporate citizens
  • identify hazards and establish appropriate controls for risks, potential adverse environmental impacts and regulatory requirements in the invention, manufacture, sale and use of our products
  • provide customer care with all products throughout the supply chain
  • aim to eliminate all injuries, occupational illnesses and environmental incidents
  • report and investigate all incidents, then take corrective action and share learning
  • assure employees and agents have appropriate competencies for their roles
  • define SHE requirements in simple, clear terms, then communicate them to all employees and secure their involvement
  • report, monitor and audit all aspects of SHE performance to confirm compliance and planned continual improvement
  • celebrate and reward excellence in SHE performance
  • require all employees to accept personal responsibility for their own safety and health and that of their colleagues

Stahl believes that all employees are responsible for safety
To support this we appointed a Global SHE and Process Safety Manager who will set the Safety, Health and Environment strategy, standards and policies of the company. He also coordinates and ensures the fulfillment of such policies and standards, and implements them throughout the company, including changes of behavior and training for the required competencies.

Safety Awareness Campaign
In 2017 we finished the 2-year SHE awareness campaign for employees with the goal of zero incidents within our company. The campaign consisted of twelve eight-week campaign themes linked to the 10 Golden Rules of Safety. The overall perception was positive and employees showed specific interests and needs to continue addressing safety issues. Based on this feedback a new campaign was designed and will be put in place in 2018.

In control on location
To ensure that all our activities worldwide are managed according to our SHE-policy, we have ensured that both Stahl’s local and general managers are responsible for implementing our SHE-policy in the areas under their control. To ensure continued improvement in the evaluation and prevention of risks, Stahl tracks indicators of progress on safety. Each month we report our injuries, incidents, audits, trainings, engineering projects and other prevention methods internally and to our shareholders.

Reduce CO2 emissions
Stahl recognizes that climate change represents a potentially irreversible threat to human society and that reductions in global CO2 emissions are required in order to meet the Global Climate Deal targets agreed at the historic Paris Conference in December 2015. Therefore, we have agreed a global target of a 10% reduction in C02 emissions by 2020. 

Reduce our environmental footprint
We are continuously upgrading our production sites and laboratory facilities with the goal to achieve optimal efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. We measure and report our energy and water consumption on a monthly basis and have many projects underway to reduce our usage in those critical KPIs. Thanks to tighter portfolio management and improved processes, we have been able to make significant improvements in the generation of waste in recent years. In 2017 we began to estimate our Greenhouse Gas scope 3 emissions, following the guidance of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard.

We started this to understand our full value-chain-emissions impact in order to focus our efforts on GHG reduction opportunities, leading to more sustainable decisions about our activities and the products we buy, sell and produce. Most scope 3 emissions are linked to raw materials that Stahl uses and to the end-of-life treatment of its products. Transport related emissions are also significant.

ISO norms

Accreditation to ISO means that we have effective management controls in place that are clearly defined in writing. Most of our Manufacturing Sites are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. ISO 14001 is intended to provide the elements of an Environmental Management System (EMS) for achieving environmental and economic goals. It helps organizations to (a) minimize how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements; and (c) continually improve in the above. 

In 2015 the Stahl Leinfelden site started the certification process for the ISO 50001 energy management system. The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, enabling an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption.
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