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World Class Safety Excellence

World Class Safety Excellence (WCSE) is a core value of STERIS Corporation. STERIS Corporation has a management driven commitment to the safety and well-being of all our Employees, Customers and Suppliers.

“STERIS Safety: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday . . .
The STERIS Way.”

World Class Safety Excellence is the strategy behind all Health, Safety & Environment initiatives. At STERIS, WCSE is interwoven in all our activities via employees working together – efficiently and effectively – to reduce or eliminate incidents.

With a solid base of management commitment and employee involvement, STERIS is well positioned to encourage employee ownership of our strong safety culture. To accomplish this task for locations within the United States, STERIS has chosen the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Star Level, via the Voluntary Protection Program, which ensures total employee ownership. The OSHA VPP Star is bestowed only upon companies with exceptionally effective safety and health programs, injury and illness rates lower than the industry average, and managers and employees who work as a functional team to prevent incidents and eliminate hazards. Achieving VPP Star status demonstrates to employees and the community that we are a leader in safety and health.

The following STERIS facilities have achieved acceptance by OSHA into the Voluntary Protection Program at the Star level, the highest level possible:

  • Pinecone Biological Operations, Mentor, OH
  • Hopkins Manufacturing Operations, Mentor, OH
  • Mentor Distribution Center, Mentor, OH
  • Mentor Research & Development, Mentor, OH
  • St. Louis Operations, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Louis Product Development, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Louis Distribution Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Montgomery Operations, Montgomery, AL
  • Isomedix Services, Chester, NY

STERIS currently is proud to have nine locations that have achieved the STAR Level of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. Other locations are in various stages of completing their applications. To further demonstrate our commitment to the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program, STERIS is providing employees for the OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) Program. The SGE Program was established to allow industry employees to work alongside OSHA during Voluntary Protection Programs' (VPP) onsite evaluations. Not only does this innovative program benefit OSHA by supplementing its on-site evaluation teams, but it gives industry and government an opportunity to work together and share views and ideas. Qualified volunteers from VPP sites are eligible to participate in the SGE program. These volunteers must be approved by OSHA and are funded by their companies to participate.

For locations outside of the United States, STERIS has elected to implement Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series OHSAS 18001. OHSAS 18001 is an international specification that defines the requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety System based on legal compliance. It provides a framework for continual improvement in health and safety performance due to the structured approach in managing Health and Safety Issues. It ensures a preventive system rather than a detection only system, resulting in a reduced risk of incidents. It is through sustaining these aforementioned safety processes, that STERIS guarantees its excellence in world class safety.

The following STERIS facilities have obtained OHSAS 18001 Certification:

  • Tuusula, Finland
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Leicester, United Kingdom

World Class Safety Excellence disciplines are extending into our Environmental Stewardship initiatives. STERIS Tuusula, Finland and Madrid, Spain have achieved certification in International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001. This International Standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about significant environmental aspects. The success of the system depends on commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and especially from top management. This system provides the framework for ISO 14001 certified STERIS facilities to continually improve upon their environmental policy, objectives and processes to achieve the policy commitments, and to expand performance and conformation to the standard requirements.