Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Compliance

Our operating practices safeguard our people and protect the environment.

To achieve a zero injury and incident culture and to meet our environmental goals, we integrate sound environmental, health and safety (EHS) practices into our everyday activities with stakeholders. From a regulatory authority compliance perspective, Ingersoll Rand:

  • Complies with or exceeds requirements of global, national, state and local statutes, regulations and standards that protect the environment, human health and safety. In all cases – regardless of whether applicable laws and regulations exist – we apply sound EHS management practices, which continue to drive our strong compliance record.
  • Conducts regular internal and third-party audits to verify compliance with EHS regulatory requirements and company standards.
  • Monitors and understands emerging issues, regulatory changes and technological innovations.

We are responsible for managing materials to protect our environment, employees, customers and communities. For example, some refrigerants used in our products are considered ozone-depleting substances and may have higher-global warming potential. We have responsible and sustainable operating and handling practices to minimize refrigerant leaks and avoid environmental and safety impacts. 

EHS Management

Our EHS Policy is publicly available and has been signed by our Chairman and CEO. This policy is more than a document containing guiding principles and a summary of our obligations. It is a promise to our people, customers, partners, shareholders and communities that we will continue to be good corporate citizens and remain committed to operating safely and protecting the environment.

Our senior vice president of Global Operations and Integrated Supply Chain serves as the executive sponsor of EHS programs across all Ingersoll Rand operations. The EHS Council of corporate and business EHS leaders meets regularly to develop or enhance our EHS management standards. Each of our manufacturing and service facilities continues to mature our EHS management systems, and to push us further, we set annual goals in key impact areas and track our continuous improvement.

Our employee engagement and EHS committees are critical to effective EHS programs and improvements. We directly involve our employees in strategic planning, assessing performance status and ensuring continuous engagement on the part of leadership, subject matter experts and production associates. Through monthly committee meetings, our employees identify safety issues and implement solutions to improve their workplace.

We use a leading cloud-based software solution, Gensuite™ to collect and track data. The system provides monthly reports on EHS progress to executive and facility-level leadership teams, which we use to track our performance against our annual goals in key areas. The insights in these reports lead to EHS program improvements and initiatives to drive continuous improvement.

Our corporate EHS group regularly monitors facility-level performance in these areas against global EHS standards and applicable regulatory requirements. Through a combination of third-party consultants and internal EHS staff, we audit each Ingersoll Rand site on a frequency that depends on the site’s complexity. Our proactive oversight process also requires key facilities to conduct annual EHS self-assessments, following a standard protocol to identify opportunities to improve EHS performance.

Keeping our employees safe is core to our culture and a longstanding priority for Ingersoll Rand. The majority of employees at our manufacturing sites and other large locations, and those who complete service work at third-party locations, receive annual EHS training. We use the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1904 as the basis to record and report accidents at our sites around the world. Additionally, sites are expected to comply with local regulations when they are stricter than the U.S. OSHA standard. Our EHS data is assured annually by a third party.

Global health issues are addressed through multiple mechanisms, including, among others, high-risk travel destinations, global crisis emergency planning, practices for emergency medical responders and company health programs. Additional awareness training is planned for service employees who perform work in medical health care facilities. Read more about our approach to occupational health and safety.

During acquisitions, Ingersoll Rand completes formal due diligence including EHS. We implement EHS change management programs for all operations we acquire, new operations that we open, and at the time that we introduce new or redesigned products. EHS risk assessments are implemented at multiple levels, including pre-task, pre-project, within change management and when evaluating overall enterprise risks. We do not subscribe to Article 15 of the Rio Principles and do not address the precautionary approach and principle. We have received no significant fines for noncompliance in 2018. Read more about our EHS Policy.

 

 

 

We focus on performance monitoring and improvement in the following areas:

  • Pollution prevention, environmental management and integrated permitting
  • Air emission management
  • Water supply management, including a water quality management system
  • Hazardous substance management
  • General safety and health management
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Wastewater discharge management
  • Waste management
  • Dangerous substances
  • Physical hazards
  • Mechanical hazards
  • Fire protection