Sustainability at work – 2014 Report

Health & safety

Health & Safety

No injury is acceptable and all injuries are preventable.

Health & Safety (H&S) is a key value for all of us at SNC-Lavalin. It’s at the heart of everything we do. It influences our daily decisions. It guides us in how we protect our employees, partner with contractors and serve our clients and communities.

Helping our clients run safe worksites is part of how we earn the right to be in business. It’s an obligation we have to all stakeholders and every community where we have projects. Safe and sustainable projects result in reduced injuries. They strengthen our reputation and open the door to new business opportunities.

Our H&S vision

We believe that ‘zero injuries and incidents’ is achievable at all our offices and worksites. Getting there, however, is a journey; one that we’re fully committed to.

No matter how remote or challenging the jobsite, it’s up to us to ensure that employees are healthy and safe. This requires clear policies and targets, a robust management system as well as proper training and monitoring. It also means that we need to care and look out for each other.

We have to guard against complacency and constantly seek ways to identify hazards and reduce risk levels at work. At the same time, we continually train employees to see hazards and effectively manage the related risks.

Visible safety leadership

Our CEO Bob Card is actively engaged in reducing recordable incidents. His visible leadership inspires our top management to be safety champions in the field. Thanks in part to a high level of leadership engagement, we’ve reduced our recordable incidents by 50% since 2012.

Clients frequently comment on the sophistication and quality of our H&S system , processes and people. They increasingly turn to us to help deploy safety perception surveys and deliver safety leadership training within their organizations.

Key external partnerships

As an active member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE), we systematically share best practices with other industry players. The CSSE is the leading health, safety and environmental organization in Canada.

We’re also part of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in the US. The CII is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor and supplier firms from both the public and private sectors. We’re a member of the CII’s Safety Performance through Operational Excellence research team. The team is developing a model of operational excellence to deliver a sustainable step change in safety performance.

“Cristian Rodriguez’s dedicated involvement and engagement on the team demonstrates SNC-Lavalin’s deep commitment to an injury-free workplace and the safety of its employees.”

Dr. Kristopher J. Cravey, Chair of CII Research Team 317

See also:

Governance  H&S performance  Our H&S culture