Environmental, Health and Safety
Codes of Practice
The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Codes of Practice set forth Zimmer EHS requirements for our business functions and facilities worldwide. In essence, the Codes operationalize the Company EHS Policy. The EHS Codes of Practice serve as a blueprint for increasing productivity, growth, and customer focus by integrating EHS into our day-to-day business management systems. The Codes also support compliance with all applicable EHS regulations and Company EHS policies and requirements. They serve as the basis for continuous improvement of our operations worldwide.
The Codes, which summarize existing requirements, are directed to the
management of all facilities and business functions. Each manufacturing
facility is required to adopt all elements of these Codes of Practice. Business
functions and other facilities must adopt, at a minimum, those elements
which pertain to their areas of functionality and support the overall
division goals and objectives. The Company expects a senior management
representative at each location to be assigned responsibility for
coordinating that location's activities to comply with these Codes. Each
manufacturing facility and some larger warehouse facilities measure and
report progress towards meeting these Codes of Practice through the annual
EHS self-assessment program.
A corporate internal audit program includes site evaluations to verify compliance with regulations and to assess the effectiveness of EHS activities. The audit program is supplemented by periodic site self inspections conducted by site staff. Annual self-assessments are conducted to determine compliance with EHS Codes of Practice. EHS related metrics regarding waste generation, energy and water use, accident statistics and green house gas (GHG) emissions are also collected annually to track progress.