We all live with a certain level of risk each day. Our everyday activities, including driving a car, playing a sport, cooking food, and working around the house and yard, all come with some risk. The key to staying safe is to control these risks as much as possible.
At Goodyear, our plants are designed and engineered with more advanced safety devices for the work being performed. From basic physical guards to presence-sensing devices, our associates are protected. All of our plants support our drive to zero injuries and incidents by taking a proactive approach to identifying and eliminating safety risks. The photos on this page are some examples of the safety engineering of our equipment.
While we work to identify and then implement measures to reduce risks in our facilities, we don't stop there. We also collaborate with our associates to develop a mindset where all associates act in a way that keeps them, and others around them, safe. We believe safeguarding our factories and machines is important, but it is also critical our associates accept safety as a value, both at work and at home.
A sheet of clear acrylic on a tire machine allows maintenance associates to observe and troubleshoot the machine’s operation while the guard is in place.
Goodyear’s environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) management system includes the important component of auditing for adherence to legal and company requirements. Goodyear manages to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001, Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
World-class housekeeping and process organization can lead to the elimination of physical hazards, including in the curing area.
At Goodyear, our commitment to safe operations extends beyond our facilities; we also work to protect our communities and the environment. We have several initiatives in place to identify risk, including our global EHS&S standards that set minimum requirements for protecting associates and the environment. Our procedures, based on best practices shared among facilities, often go beyond the regulations in the various countries in which we operate.
Associate training programs are critical, and our EHS&S procedures outline training requirements for relevant associates, including those full-time associates dedicated to recognizing risk at our facilities. Associates responsible for training are identified on a global and facility level.
If a violation is received from a government agency, a thorough evaluation is conducted. EHS&S standards are reviewed and revised if necessary, and corresponding changes will be made within our audit and training programs. All changes are communicated at all levels of the organization.
Goodyear received notification of 19 safety and environmental violations and incurred $64,178 in fines in 2015. We continue to diligently identify and correct any non-conformances with the expectation that we will meet our compliance goals of zero violations and penalties in 2016.
This picture illustrates two types of machine guarding. There are fixed guards on the side of the machine, while the scanner on the front restricts access while the machine is in operation. Neither of these guards restrict visibility.