EHS management system: Pursuing best practices

Verizon has an integrated environmental, health and safety (EHS) management system that provides guidance, instruction and best management practices that meet or exceed regulatory requirements while striving for continual improvement.

Our EHS management system provides a framework for identifying, controlling and reducing the risks associated with the locations in which we operate. Besides performing regular management-system assessments, we also perform internal and third-party compliance audits and inspections annually at hundreds of facilities worldwide. The goal of these assessments is to identify and correct site-specific issues and to educate and empower employees to implement corrective actions. Verizon’s EHS efforts are directed and supported around the world by experienced experts who support our operations and facilities.

Our EHS management system is based on the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 and 45001 standards. We maintain ISO 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification in some markets and are pursuing certification across the business.

In 2019, we updated our EHS Management Corporate Policy to reinforce our commitment to the health and safety of our V Team, the public and the locations in which we operate.

Environmental notices

In 2019, inspections at our facilities resulted in 222 notices from regulatory agencies. Most notices resulted from recordkeeping or administrative matters, not environmental harm. We continue our efforts to protect the environment.