HP's Environmental, Health and Safety Policy expresses our longstanding commitment to environmental management and employee safety. The Policy states that our goal is to '...conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner, and create health and safety practices and work environments that enable HP employees to work injury-free'. To accomplish this, the Policy specifies that we will:
- meet or exceed all applicable legal requirements;
- proactively reduce occupational injury and illness risks, and promote employee health and well-being (for more information, see Health and safety and Wellness;
- aggressively pursue pollution prevention, resource conservation and waste reduction in our operations;
- design and manufacture our products to be safe to use and to minimize their environmental impact;
- offer our customers environmentally responsible end-of-life management services for HP products; and
- require our suppliers to conduct their operations in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Environmental, health and safety management system
To achieve our EHS Policy goals, we implement an environmental, health and safety management system (EHS MS) as an integral part of doing business. It is tailored to HP's business and is implemented globally, regionally and locally. To ensure that our EHS objectives continue to be met as we grow, we introduce our EHS management system to newly acquired companies as part of the integration process and require them to use our system.
HP's EHS MS is a structured approach to identifying EHS priorities, meeting HP and external requirements, controlling risk and improving performance. Our global EHS organization has stewardship of the EHS MS and collaborates with the appropriate HP organizations to recommend performance improvement goals. The EHS MS requires sites to monitor performance, conduct audits and management reviews and to implement corrective and preventive actions.
HP's EHS MS is based on recognized international models including ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. HP was one of the first multinational businesses to obtain a single, global ISO 14001 certification for worldwide manufacturing operations.
Legal compliance is HP's minimum requirement for EHS, and our internal EHS standards reflect this commitment. Our EHS management system ensures we have the processes needed to comply. We investigate any allegation of non-compliance with the law to determine the root causes and implement corrective action to prevent recurrence.
Audits and assurance
Audits of our EHS MS provide assurance that our EHS policies and standards are implemented worldwide. Audits are conducted by internal qualified professionals and the results are reported to senior management. The frequency of audits is based on site complexity and past performance. These audits complement regulatory compliance evaluations conducted by our region and local EHS staffs and third-party audits conducted by our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registrars.
We analyze instances of nonconformance to our policies and standards, take corrective action and establish preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of future nonconformance. This system provides a strong basis for continual improvement.
Employee awareness and training
HP provides EHS training for employees in local languages. EHS fundamentals are part of employees' orientation training and are regularly refreshed through an online EHS Policies and Standards training module, employee websites and EHS communications. Additionally, employees receive health and safety training specific to their job. (For more information, see Health and safety.)
Standards and guidance
HP EHS performance standards apply to all sites. The management system standard addresses EHS management processes such as risk assessment, objective setting, training and awareness, monitoring and measurement, inspections and auditing, and management responsibilities. Accompanying standards address specific operational controls, including energy management, chemical management, waste minimization, fire and life safety, ergonomics and electrical safety.
Emergency preparedness and response
HP's risk-based emergency preparedness and response programs are designed to protect people, property, the environment and continuity of operations. These programs cover planning, prevention, response and recovery. Response plans exist for chemical releases, evacuations, fires, natural disasters, security threats and other emergencies. Response teams are trained and tested in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, spill response and facility control operations, as appropriate to local working environments. Employees are trained on emergency response procedures and regularly participate in emergency evacuation and other drills.