One of CommScope’s corporate goals is to impact the triple
We continually strive to minimize our impact on the
environment and to improve the health and safety of our employees. In 2018, our
corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team focused on the transition
to the latest version of the ISO 14001:2015,
the new international standard for the environmental management system (which
embraces a more holistic view of our products and services from cradle to grave);
and the newly-introduced ISO 45001:2018, the international
standard for occupational health and safety management systems (which supersedes
the OHSAS 18001 standard). The ISO 45001 standard is better aligned with the ISO
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Zuzana Pospechova explains in this blog how the company transformed its environment, health and safety program.
As part of this effort to embrace the latest environmental and
health and safety management standards, our EHS team pursued several new
initiatives designed to improve the long-term sustainability of our business.
Here’s an overview of our key 2018 EHS developments.
A new system for
measuring the Incident Rate
Traditionally, the Incident Rate is a normalized indicator
of incident events used to benchmark the performance of different facilities. The
Incident Rate alone doesn’t consider the inherent risk level, so it makes a
direct facility-to-facility comparison problematic. The new system categorizes
incident rate objectives across six risk work types to provide a more accurate
risk representation, thereby providing a stronger platform to drive improvement
and an overall safe working environment.
A new EHS roadmap to
Corporate EHS objectives for 2018 followed the new EHS
Excellence Roadmap. The roadmap uses Simply CommScope’s four levels of foundation,
transformation, progression and excellence. It focuses on leading indicators
such as risk assessment, machine guarding, ergonomics, behavior, and aspect
assessment to drive improvement, and not just the lagging indicator of Incident
Rate. The new approach allows for a more targeted focus on areas for
improvement at a specific site level.
A new EHS leadership
A by-product of the new EHS roadmap to excellence is the new
EHS leadership development program, which features competency-based training. Managers
are trained on the leading indicators of EHS excellence and evaluated on their
performance against these benchmarks.
New EHS management
EHS’s current BSI Entropy™
management software, in use for seven years, migrated to a new,
updated version in 2018. The new platform features improved performance metrics
and analytical capabilities, as well as an improved dashboard experience and
access via mobile devices.
A new ergonomic
This tool was piloted in the North Carolina plants in the
first half of 2018 and evaluated for possible deployment companywide. The tool
is expected to make it easier to prioritize and resolve ergonomic issues and
lower the risk of injury.
CommScope completed transition of its environmental
certification from the ISO 14001:2004 standard to the ISO 14001:2015 standard
and expanded the certification scope. It covered 61 percent of our manufacturing
facilities in 2018 and further expanded the certification scope to 86 percent
in early 2019. We have also initiated the transition of our safety
certification from the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard to the ISO 45001:2018 standard
and expanded the certification scope to cover 86 percent of our manufacturing
facilities. We have successfully passed the registrar audits for both standards
and received certificates for the expanded certification scope in early 2019.
View our ISO
14001:2015 and ISO
45001:2018 certificates online.
By complying with the latest ISO environmental and health
& safety standards and initiating new and improved methods of measuring our
environmental, health and safety progress, CommScope has reinforced its
commitment to people and planet. I encourage you to learn more about what we
are doing as a company by reading our 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report. It details the environmental, social,
and corporate ethics and governance initiatives and progress we made during the
past year. Read the report and watch this space for more details
about corporate responsibility and sustainability as we move through 2019.