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Environment Health & Safety Management

Protecting the environment while safeguarding our people

Protecting the Environment and Safeguarding Our People

At Trane Technologies, we are committed to operating in a way that protects the environment and safeguards our people. Strong environment, health and safety (EHS) practices are deeply woven into our culture. Our enterprise-wide engineering, preventive maintenance, medical and pandemic response and EHS standards are robust, scientifically sound, and protective of the environment and human health.

We comply with — and strive to exceed — global, national, state and local EHS statutes, regulation and standards. To achieve a zero injury and incident culture and meet our environmental goals, we encourage all employees to participate in Safety and Sustainability activities. Integrating EHS considerations, such as energy reductions, design for energy efficient manufacturing, and reuse and recycling of materials into our everyday activities is a collective responsibility expected of our employees, vendors, business partners, contractors, service providers and distributors. 

We continuously monitor emerging issues, regulatory changes and technological innovations, in addition to collecting and analyzing performance data and conducting internal and third-party audits. Our EHS data is assured annually by a third party and our EHS Management System conforms to both ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards. 

Our Environment, Health and Safety Policy

Signed by our Chairman and CEO, our EHS Policy is a promise to our people, customers, partners, shareholders and communities that we will strive for sustainability excellence and remain committed to operating safely and protecting the environment.

Our Senior Vice President of supply chain and operational services is the executive sponsor of our company’s EHS programs and oversees the policy. Our EHS Council of corporate and business leaders meets regularly to develop or enhance our EHS management standards. Executive and facility-level leadership teams are responsible for tracking and monitoring performance, which we measure through key performance indicators such as injury rates and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Addressing the Environment and Climate Change

To combat climate change, we continually set world-class targets, and measure, manage and communicate our performance accordingly. We minimize the environmental footprint across our operations, product distribution and logistics. Our pollution prevention programs conserve waste, energy and water. We work to reduce non-renewable natural resources, increase the reuse and recycling of materials, and decrease GHG and other environmentally harmful emissions.

Ensuring the Safety of Our People

We are committed to a zero injury and incident culture. We conduct annual EHS training for the majority of employees at our manufacturing sites and other large locations, as well as those who complete service work at third-party locations.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR Part 1904 is our basis for recording and reporting accidents at our sites around the world. And our sites are expected to comply with local regulations when they are stricter than the U.S. OSHA standard.

To protect our people and planet, we focus on performance monitoring and improvement in the following areas:

How We Monitor Performance

Environment and Climate Change
Safety
Pollution prevention, environmental management and integrated permitting
General safety and health management
GHG and air emissions management, including NOx and SOx emissions, which primarily result from our fleet and emissions from refrigerants, which are part of many of our products
Personal protective equipment
Water supply management, including a water quality management system
Hazardous substance management and dangerous substances
Wastewater discharge management
Physical and mechanical hazards
Waste management
Fire protection

Worker Safety During COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 and the global pandemic, we quickly formed an internal Pandemic Response Team that was responsible for developing policies and procedures to protect our employees, monitoring the ever-changing guidelines from WHO and CDC and benchmarking against other companies to identify best practices. Early in the pandemic, we reconfigured thousands of workstations to meet social-distancing guidelines, implemented active screening at all operations, and required all employees to wear face coverings and perform a self-assessment each day before work. We also developed an internal COVID tracker tool that allows us to conduct contact tracing. Many of our facilities have made adjustments to their HVAC equipment to improve indoor air quality. We completed over 50,000 audits or touch points with our employees to ensure we were following our COVID safety protocols.  

Global health concerns are addressed through multiple mechanisms, including travel restrictions, global crisis emergency planning, practices for emergency medical responders and company health programs, among others. We have also planned additional awareness training for service employees who perform work in medical health care facilities.

For all operations that retain purchased service contractors and for visitors that come on-site, we require they follow our Pandemic Standard Work to help keep our employees safe. That requires the approval of contractors and includes a review of contractors’ safety performance and a determination that they have the necessary training for services performed. We also provide appropriate on-site EHS orientation training to each contractor or visitor before any work begins.

Read more about our approach to occupational health and safety and how we manage products impact, reliability and safety

Audits and Due Diligence

Audits and due diligence are important tools in making our operations safe and sustainable.

Key facilities conduct annual EHS self-assessments according to a standard company-wide protocol. These assessments identify opportunities to improve EHS performance.

Through a combination of third-party consultants and internal EHS staff, we audit each of our sites on an interval that depends on the site’s complexity taking into consideration size, staffing and the nature of manufacturing operations, as well as the scale of requirements and actionable duties within EHS permits, licenses and regulations.

During acquisitions, we complete formal due diligence that includes EHS. We have developed and implemented a comprehensive EHS integration model for acquisitions. Our EHS integration model includes orientation training, compliance-based auditing, risk assessments, implementation of our EHS management system and data or metrics reporting. 

We do not subscribe to Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration and do not address the precautionary approach and principle. Our company did not receive any significant fines for noncompliance in 2020. Read more about our EHS Policy.