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Employees, customers and other business partners can come to Sprint facilities and know that these environments are safe. Workplace safety is outlined in the Sprint Employee Code of Conduct, and is also the primary responsibility of Sprint’s Environmental, Health and Safety team.
Sprint’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team oversees all company workplace-safety issues, and has programs in place focusing on
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, fire prevention, home safety, natural hazards and weather, safety during recreation and hobbies, and seasonal/holiday safety.
The EHS team has a Web site 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 regularly and provides employees with immediate information on current topics like pandemics, floods, wildfires and more. The site is widely used, receiving nearly 750,000 hits in 2009 (an average of more than 60,000 per month).
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 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) 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 200 assessments at critical sites per year. These assessments focus on the following areas:
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).
Sprint is an active participant in the National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP). The NTSP was created to promote employee safety and health and to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses throughout the telecommunications industry. Each major U.S. telecommunications company is represented by a member on the panel. Sprint has been involved with the NTSP for more than 20 years. Sprint’s participation with the NTSP has included hosting the NTSP’s International Telecommunications Safety Conference (ITSC) and having Sprint employees chairing the NTSP and the ITSC program.
For more information on the NTSP, please visit http://telsafe.org.
Our membership with the NTSP Ergonomics Committee has provided us an opportunity to become actively involved with the Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA)/NTSP Alliance. This Alliance, formed in 2004, is a cooperative effort to enhance workplace safety and health for telecommunications employees. Sprint has been actively involved in this important Alliance since its inception and played a primary role in developing guidelines, fact sheets, case studies and presenting seminars.