workforce safety & health

Operating in a responsible manner worldwide leads to protecting our people, our planet, our financial health and our good name.

Our vision is to be known as having the safest operations in the world. We have also established the goal of eliminating all serious injuries and fatalities in our workplace while achieving a total incident rate (TIR) of less than 1.0 by 2023 and less than 0.5 by 2028. This goal contributes to the long-term success of our company. It is in place for the health and safety of our people.

Goodyear’s integrated Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) governance approach ensures that objectives cascade from senior leadership to the regions and throughout each facility. Our Vice President, Global Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) and Business Continuity facilitates the Goodyear EHS Governance Council, which provides an aligned strategy for regional EHS teams and sets organizational EHS expectations. Goodyear’s Senior Leadership Team holds the Governance Council and local facility teams accountable for strategy execution and results.

Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy underscores the principles that guide us toward continuous EHS improvement in our workplaces. Additionally, 18 facilities are Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001-certified, along with the 44 facilities that are certified to ISO 14001. In 2019, we implemented our enhanced EHS Management System across all operations including customer-facing operations such as our retail and field service support operations. It aligns with recognized standards, including ISO 45001 Baseline assessments were conducted at our tire manufacturing plants, chemical operations, global technology facilities, retail and commercial tire and service centers, airship operations, and primary non-manufacturing operations. Action plans are in place to improve our maturity globally year-over-year.

Our EHS Management System includes a vendor and supplier prequalification process to help ensure shared values and alignment with requisite EHS programs and capabilities. Furthermore, Goodyear’s Supplier Code of Conduct applies to all suppliers, stating that Goodyear expects its suppliers to comply with all applicable laws, to adhere to high standards of integrity and to conduct themselves in a manner that will help protect our good name in the marketplace.

Plant Optimization (PO) is our manufacturing operating system that is built on the foundation of People and Environmental Care (PEC). Through PEC, we ensure that associates are meaningfully engaged in EHS. Over the past three years, 652 associates completed the formal two-week PO Academy. The number of associates who completed PO Academy eLearning courses rose to 13,484 in 2019, increasing from 10,783 in 2018 and 8,467 in 2017.

Work-related hazards are identified through associate recognition and identification, audits conducted by third parties skilled in the identification of EHS hazards, and facility management and safety team engagement through audits, GEMBA walks, and safety walks. Facilities also conduct formal risk assessments to conduct pre-task assessments.  

Formal health and safety committees represent 100% of our manufacturing associates.

our focus

serious injury (SI) prevention

To be known as having the safest operations in the world, we focus our EHS efforts on constantly reducing the risk of serious injuries. We’ve identified serious injury risks, which we refer to as our Serious Injury Indicators, based on a review of incident history, external benchmarking, and industry best practices. Maturity strategies are developed for each Serious Injury Indicator.

industrial hygiene

Preventing work-related illness in the workplace begins with understanding the potential impacts of noise and the substances used in the manufacturing process. We assess workplace exposures through monitoring, which validates that controls are effective and provides transparency to associates. Goodyear’s industrial hygiene process uses best practices and regulatory and consensus standards to move beyond compliance.


Goodyear’s Ergonomic Core Teams implement a six-step problem-solving process to reduce injuries and maximize workplace performance, and our Ergonomic Core Teams’ efforts have contributed to our overall incident rate reduction. In 2019, Ergonomic Core teams assessed and reduced risks on numerous tasks across our footprint.


Goodyear measures our safety progress through both leading and lagging indicators such as: EHS management system maturity; associate engagement; Corrective Action/Preventative Action (CAPA) related to audits, inspections and near-miss incidents; near-miss incident reporting; Serious Injury (SI) and Serious Injury Potential; Total Incident Rate (TIR) (injuries that require medical treatment above first-aid and restricted/lost-time injuries); contractor injuries; and first aid injuries.