We Recognize that Safety is Good Business
Covanta Energy’s commitment to health and safety helps us maintain consistent productivity and quality work that supports our reputation as a renewable energy leader in the energy-from-waste (EfW) sector. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta facilities and operations. Over the years, our dedication to safety has resulted in a reduction of accident and incident rates, as well as fostering a work ethic that promotes the health and safety of every employee, contractor, visitor, customer and the community we serve. We also reward our employees for engaging in proactive behavior that helps us to improve safety performance.
Safety Excellence Programs and External Recognition
The majority of domestic Covanta facilities participate in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Under VPP, management, labor and OSHA together establish cooperative relationships at workplaces to implement a comprehensive safety and health management system.
Acceptance into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees to achieve exemplary occupational safety and health policies, procedures and practices.
We are also very proud to be among the top 10 companies in the United States to enter the majority of our operating locations into the OSHA VPP STAR program. Covanta has led over 40 of its locations into the VPP STAR ranks of excellence.
In addition, we maintain an internal safety awareness initiative that combines targeted communications with specialized training to facilitate a greater commitment to safety in the workplace.
Covanta has developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for each community in which we operate. We view emergency preparedness as a natural extension of our health and safety program that considers the safety of all employees and community members to be everyone’s responsibility. EAPs are written to comply with OSHA regulations and additional local regulatory requirements. Facility personnel are required to complete an exam testing their understanding and awareness of EAP provisions upon start of employment and must partake in our annual certification process.
Health and safety is one of our utmost important priorities at our energy-from-waste facilities and other operations around the world.