Protecting our employees, the environment, and our company assets
Providing a safe working environment is the primary responsibility of Sprint's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team. EHS works to ensure that our employees, customers and other business partners can work or visit a Sprint facility and have confidence that we have taken the necessary steps and precautions to ensure a safe working environment. Workplace safety is outlined in the Sprint Employee Code of Conduct,
and Sprint expects all employees to do their part to ensure a safe and productive work environment. The EHS team strives to ensure compliance with all applicable EH&S laws and regulations.
Sprint's EHS team oversees all company workplace safety, health and environmental issues, and has programs in place providing guidance on:
- OSHA & EPA compliance
- Hazard communication
- Personal protective equipment
- Driver and vehicle safety
- Environmental permitting
- Occupational health issues such as ergonomics, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, noise surveys and radiofrequency emissions
The EHS team has a website for Sprint employees on the company intranet providing thousands of resources on topics related to the environment, safety, occupational health, property protection, and emergency and disaster response. The site is updated monthly and provides employees with immediate information on current topics such as pandemics, floods, wildfires and emergency preparedness.
The EHS team also staffs a toll-free Helpline for employees, providing assistance related to environmental, health and safety concerns and potential hazards; requests for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) about chemicals used in the workplace or at home; and reporting chemical or petroleum spills.
The EHS team has developed an Environmental, Health and Safety Site Assessment Program to identify successes and areas for improvement. The assessment focuses on critical technical facilities, highly staffed facilities and sites not recently visited by EHS personnel. The EHS staff conducts approximately 150 assessments at critical sites per year. These assessments focus on the following areas:
- Sprint and OSHA/EPA Regulatory Programs
- Required postings
- Means of egress
- Fire protection
- Electrical equipment
- Slip/trip/fall hazards
- Hazardous materials
- Battery rooms
- Regulated waste
- Fuel tanks
Sprint has more than 70 EHS training programs available for employees depending on their job functions. A companywide electronic learning-management system is used to track and manage these programs. Sprint maintains an EHS Master Training List, which lists all Sprint EHS training courses available to employees, including course frequency and target audience(s).
Key indicators for employee health and safety can be found here.
Off-the-job Safety and Health
In evaluating employee health and safety, research has shown that employees are at much greater risk off-the-job than on-the-job. To this end, in addition to our extensive on-the-job safety tools, we provide employees with off-the-job safety and health tips and resources focusing on areas like driving/vehicle safety, emergency preparedness, health, fire prevention, home safety, natural hazards and weather, safety during recreational and hobby activities, and seasonal/holiday safety.
According to the National Safety Council's 2013 "Injury Facts" report:
- Employers lost more than 235 million days of production time due to off-the-job accidents; compared to 60 million work days resulting from workplace injuries.
- There are 3.6 times more injuries occurring in the home than in the workplace.
- A fatal injury occurs in the home every 9 minutes and a disabling injury every 2 seconds.
- The five leading causes of fatal injury are: (1) poisoning (37% involves illegal drugs), (2) falls, (3) choking, (4) drowning, and (5) fires, flames & smoke.
Sprint encourages our employees to focus on driving every time they get behind the wheel. We created the Focus on Driving educational program to help educate employees and our customers about various driver distractions and how to avoid them. To learn more, please visit www.sprint.com/drive
Environmental, Health & Safety Communications Panel
Sprint is an active participant in the Environmental, Health & Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP) formerly known as the National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP). The EHSCP was created to promote employee safety and health, protect the environment, and to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses throughout the communications industry. Each major U.S. telecommunications company is represented by a member on the Panel. Sprint has been actively involved with the Panel for more than 28 years. Sprint's participation with the EHSCP has included hosting the EHSCP's Environmental, Health & Safety International Communications Conference (EHSICC), including the 2013 Conference held in Kansas City, MO. Sprint employees have also served as Chair of the EHSCP organization, a number of Technical Committees, and the EHSICC Program Committee.
For more information on the NTSP, please visit http://www.ehscp.org