Health and Safety
Advanced Energy leadership prioritizes the prevention of occupational injury and illness for all employees. With health and safety embedded in policies and procedures across our global operations, Advanced Energy demonstrates its commitment to creating a safe and healthy workplace and a clean environment for employees and the community.
At Advanced Energy, we have taken a proactive, preventive, and predictive approach to assess and manage risk and monitoring health and safety standards across all operations. Lagging and leading indicators are measured and regularly reported to management for review. Our onsite environmental, health, and safety (EHS) teams are responsible for advising processes on investigations of injuries and incidents, working with management, and tracking the EHS programs.
Our management approach:
- Encourage all employees to be responsible for health and safety in the workplace
- Walk the floor, also known as performing a Gemba walk, monthly to evaluate work processes in factories
- Conduct job safety analysis prior to implementing new processes
- Carry out quarterly legal compliance assessments
- Perform internal peer assessments within each region
- Align with internationally recognized EHS management system requirements
Our EHS management system is aligned with the principles of internationally recognized standards and codes, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. These standards drive the identification and elimination or control of risks in the workplace that can cause accidents and injuries. Advanced Energy carries ISO 14001 certifications at all production sites and ISO 45001 in Zhongshan, China.
We focus on the occupational safety standards as outlined in the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct.
- Occupational Safety: Worker potential for exposure to safety hazards (e.g., chemical, electrical and other energy sources, fire, vehicles, and fall hazards) are to be identified and assessed, and controlled through proper design, engineering and administrative controls, preventative maintenance, and safe work procedures (including lockout/tagout), and ongoing safety training. Where hazards cannot be adequately controlled by these means, workers are to be provided with appropriate, well-maintained, personal protective equipment, and educational materials about risks to them associated with these hazards. Reasonable steps must also be taken to remove pregnant women/nursing mothers from working condition with high hazards, remove or reduce any Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct v6.0 6 workplace health and safety risks to pregnant women and nursing mothers including those associated with their work assignments, as well as include reasonable accommodations for nursing mothers.
- Emergency Preparedness: Potential emergency situations and events are to be identified and assessed, and their impact minimized by implementing emergency plans and response procedures including: emergency reporting, employee notification and evacuation procedures, worker training and drills, appropriate fire detection and suppression equipment, clear and unobstructed egress adequate exit facilities and recovery plans. Such plans and procedures shall focus on minimizing harm to life, the environment, and property.
- Occupational Injury and Illness: Procedures and systems are to be in place to prevent, manage, track and report occupational injury and illness including provisions to: encourage worker reporting; classify and record injury and illness cases; provide necessary medical treatment; investigate cases and implement corrective actions to eliminate their causes; and facilitate the return of workers to work.
- Industrial Hygiene: Worker exposure to chemical, biological, and physical agents is to be identified, evaluated, and controlled according to the hierarchy of controls. Potential hazards are to be eliminated or controlled through proper design, engineering, and administrative controls. When hazards cannot be adequately controlled by such means, workers are to be provided with and use appropriate, well-maintained, personal protective equipment. Protective programs shall include educational materials about the risks associated with these hazards.
- Physically Demanding Work: Worker exposure to the hazards of physically demanding tasks, including manual material handling and heavy or repetitive lifting, prolonged standing, and highly repetitive or forceful assembly tasks is to be identified, evaluated, and controlled. Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct v6.0 7
- Machine Safeguarding: Production and other machinery shall be evaluated for safety hazards. Physical guards, interlocks, and barriers are to be provided and properly maintained where machinery presents an injury hazard to workers.
- Sanitation, Food, and Housing: Workers are to be provided with ready access to clean toilet facilities, potable water, and sanitary food preparation, storage, and eating facilities. Worker dormitories provided by the Participant or a labor agent are to be maintained, clean, safe, and provide appropriate emergency egress, hot water for bathing and showering, adequate lighting heat and ventilation, individually secured accommodations for storing personal and valuable items, and reasonable personal space along with reasonable entry and exit privileges.
- Health and Safety Communication: Participant shall provide workers with appropriate workplace health and safety information and training in the language of the worker or in a language the worker can understand for all identified workplace hazards that workers are exposed to, including but not limited to mechanical, electrical, chemical, fire, and physical hazards. Health and safety information shall be clearly posted in the facility or placed in a location identifiable and accessible by workers. Training is provided to all workers prior to the beginning of work and regularly thereafter. Workers shall be encouraged to raise safety concerns.