Safety is a core value at American Water. It goes beyond a priority and is simply how we choose to do our work. In our offices and in the field, safety goes beyond measuring accident and injury rates to focus on identifying hazards and ensuring employee well-being. Our goal is zero accidents and injuries and the premise is simple:
Safety at American Water will not be compromised for speed, customer convenience or profit.
We have implemented several programs that underscore the Company Safety Vision. One of our key beliefs is that exposures that can result in injury be corrected before an injury occurs. Every single employee is encouraged to report safety near misses without fear of reprisal. These near miss reports are investigated, corrective actions are applied and critical information is shared across the company so that other employees can benefit from the knowledge gained.
We also extend safety to our contractors. As we further develop safety practices and requirements, we extend these to our contractors. If we have identified something as a risk to our employees, it only makes sense that we also require our contractors to perform in a similar, safe manner so that injuries are prevented. Additionally, contractors who wish to work for us must go through a safety prequalification process before they are approved to work.