Health, Safety, Security, and Environment
At Stantec, we believe in being SaferTogether™—looking out for the health and safety of ourselves and those around us, whether we’re at work, at home, or in our communities. We strive toward an interdependent safety culture, one in which safety is a team effort where we work together to identify hazards, discuss controls, and communicate our plan for how to work safely with everyone involved.
We have proactive discussions on the prevention of injuries and loss, equip our people with the knowledge they need to work safely, promote trust and cooperation, and recognise that safety is crucial everywhere, not just at work.
Each year we ask all employees to complete a personal safety motivator poster. This prompts employees to think about one thing they will commit to in each area of health, safety, security, and the environment. We encourage employees to print these and share them with others—also to post them at their workstation or somewhere at home to remind them of what they can do to make a difference.
Our Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) program is our commitment to putting people first—employees, clients, partners, subcontractors, and community members—and doing what’s right by responsibly managing all environmental aspects of our business.
We empower employeesUsing a combination of practices, tools, resources, and training, we help our employees manage risks in dynamic work environments. Every employee knows that they have a Stop Work Authority—the ability to stop work immediately if they’re aware of an unsafe act or condition that could place anyone in danger, or if they aren’t confident in the work plan. Our Safe Work Practices help our teams identify hazards and implement the necessary controls. We have more than 60 of them, and our teams use them to safely plan their work activities.
Health, Safety, Security, and Environment
Supporting employee health is all-inclusive, which is why we established Mental Health Matters, a site with resources that helps employees manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other conditions at work and at home that may affect their overall well-being.
We’re proactive about safety, using leading indicators (observations, inspections, and hazard identification to name a few) to support our safety culture and to identify opportunities to improve safety performance. If an incident occurs, we have processes in place to investigate and then communicate the lessons learned to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Our global security team helps us identify and mitigate potential threats to our offices and project sites—and to our employees as they travel the world. The team conducts security assessments and risk mitigation planning to keep employees safe and secure, no matter where they conduct business.
We are committed to conducting our business in ways that contribute to an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future. We monitor compliance with international standards and incorporate environmentally-friendly practices that engage and motivate employees to be good stewards of the environment.
We believe that health, safety, security, and environment are critical elements of success for our employees and our business.
Last Minute Risk AssessmentOur Last Minute Risk Assessment reminds employees to stop and think before starting a new task or when there’s a change in work scope or work environment. Employees check to see if there are any new hazards, identify potential impacts, and consider how to eliminate or control the risk. Only after a deliberate situational assessment do they begin or resume work.
Critical Risk ControlsCritical risks have the greatest potential to cause serious injuries, incidents, and fatalities. Our HSSE team has identified 12 critical risks based on the work that we do and our experience. These are the hazards that our employees encounter every day in a variety of environments.
The Energy WheelA graphic tool that contains the 10 sources of energy that can create hazards in our work, the Energy Wheel is very valuable in our hazard recognition, assessment, and control process. We use it to safely plan our work and to mitigate and control risks. This is especially important when conducting critical risk activities. To support our employees, we have created the Energy Wheel Field Guide: Incident prevention for critical risk activities.
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