Human capital Safety
Our culture of safety begins with our beSAFE principles—be Smart, Aware, Focused and Equipped. These principles emphasize keeping V Teamers safe at work, at home and on the road. We maintain certification to Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 Standard in some markets and are transitioning to ISO 45001.
We regularly update our employee health and safety programs, including online and instructor-led training to educate employees about best practices and working safely. Topics include operating aerial lifts, splicing fiber, climbing poles, handling ladders and installing fiber.
In 2019, our occupational injuries and illnesses rate was 1.36 per 100 employees, well below the last published Bureau of Labor Statistics telecommunications industry average of 2.5. We are committed to maintaining a safe workplace and environmentally responsible work practices, and we expect our suppliers—who play a critical role in our success—to share that commitment.