Grainger is committed to providing a safe work environment and ensuring team members are properly trained in all aspects of their work. The company’s Global Environmental, Health and Safety Policy requires team members to understand and comply with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) regulations related to facility safety, personal protection and emergency response.
Grainger’s safety program uses behavior-based principles to drive engagement, including frequent safety training and injury prevention initiatives. In 2015, approximately 6,000 team members at Grainger’s branches and distribution centers in the U.S. collectively completed nearly 20,000 hours of safety training. Each Grainger U.S. distribution center has a dedicated Area EHS manager who helps ensure operations are safe and effective.
One Million Hours Worked Without a Lost Time Incident
Grainger’s focus on safety led the company’s distribution center in Kansas City, Missouri, to achieve one million hours worked without a lost time incident in 2015 for the second year in a row. The distribution center’s employee-led safety committee demonstrates pre-shift exercises, delivers safety communications and provides safety guidance. Additionally, they provide new hires with a robust safety training orientation during their first week on the job and utilize “bright idea” cards so everyone has an opportunity to make safety recommendations year-round.
At the end of each day, we all have a desire to go home safely to our families, friends and loved ones. We have to make safety a personal goal—not just for ourselves, but for those around us.
Regional Manager, Central
Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety Management
Grainger aligns and standardizes safety programs across the company’s operations. The company’s web-based EHS management system helps turn complex, global compliance requirements into multilingual, actionable processes and identifies safety risks and trends across geographies. The system aligns with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 requirements. The digitized injury and illness reporting module of the system has been implemented in the company’s U.S., Canada and Mexico operations, and the company began implementation in Europe in 2015.
Grainger U.S. Safety Performance
Grainger is proud that its U.S. Total Operational Recordable Case Rate is well below
the average in the wholesale industry.
|Grainger U.S. Total Operational Recordable Case Rate1||2.7||2.6||2.3||1.8||1.9||1.6|
|U.S. Wholesale Industry Average Recordable Case Rate2||3.4||3.2||3.2||3.1||2.9||2.93|
|Grainger U.S. Total Operational Lost Time Case Rate1||0.6||0.5||0.3||0.4||0.3||0.3|
|U.S. Wholesale Industry Average Lost Time
1Data includes all recordable injury events and hours worked by U.S.-based hourly team members in Grainger branches and distribution centers.
2Wholesale industry averages are according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
3The 2015 U.S. Wholesale Industry Average Case Rates are based on 2014 data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has not yet released a 2015 industry average as of this report’s print date.
Grainger is committed to sharing safety resources with customers and other businesses through strategic partnerships and awareness campaigns. Grainger is the National Founding Sponsor of the National Safety Council’s Journey to Safety Excellence® campaign, offering measurement tools and easy-to-access resources to help keep an organization’s employees safe and healthy. Acklands–Grainger is the National Founding Sponsor of Canada’s Safest Employers Award, a nationwide competition to raise awareness about the importance of safety in the workplace.