A Leader in Safe Workplaces
At Wheelabrator, protecting the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our highest priority. We are proud of our industry-leading safety programmes and understand that the cornerstone of our success has been our strong commitment to safety.
In the UK, we strive at all times to deliver our projects safely with no risk to the health of our neighbours, our workforce and the environment. The most recent example of this commitment at work came in 2015 when Wheelabrator, our project partner SSE and the principal project contractor in HZI achieved one million man hours during the construction phase without a lost time injury at our Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) in West Yorkshire.
As our first plant to begin operations in the UK, this is a major achievement for such a large scale project.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program
In the US, sixteen of our facilities are among an elite group that have been designated as Star worksites in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the highest safety rating the US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program bestows. The VPP Star Program is designed for exemplary facilities with comprehensive and successful safety and health management systems and excellent safety performance, and is shared by less than one percent of the millions of worksites in the nation.
In the US, Wheelabrator is also part of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants' Association (VPPPA), where many of our employees actively promote sound safety management practices. Many of our Star worksite employees volunteer to assist OSHA with VPP certifications of other companies as Special Government Employees (SGEs) and are invited to speak at regional and national VPPPA conferences to share with others in the industry the best practices Wheelabrator has in place.
Safety On Purpose
Wheelabrator believes that working safely and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is a condition of employment and a responsibility that we all share. Through our Safety On Purpose program and our goal of Zero Today, we encourage all employees to play an active role in promoting and maintaining a culture of excellence so every Wheelabrator employee returns home safely, every day. Safety On Purpose encourages us to acknowledge positive safety actions that employees take in contributing to a safer workplace.
Wheelabrator constantly strives to be recognized as the leader in our industry. In so doing, our level of safety performance is regarded as a fundamental measurement of our success.