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Occupational Health and Safety

The health and safety of our people, including visitors and contractors, is critical to the sustainable operation of our company and is the driving force behind our century-long manufacturing success story. Our EHSS We Care Policy and Standards guide our risk-reduction efforts globally. Our We Care Standards are self-assessed by each manufacturing location annually and validated by an on-site Corporate Governance Assessment every other year.

Safeguarding Our Employees: Our Attitudes for Life

In our manufacturing, warehouse and field service locations, certain processes and machinery and equipment involve workers performing high-consequence work. By using properly designed controls and systems, layering multiple defenses and having competent authorized workers, we are able to approach high-risk situations with caution and diligence. Our Attitudes for Life are foundational precautions and desired behaviors aimed at preventing serious and life-altering injuries to our employees and contractors performing high-risk activities.

Since their development in 2022, we have spent time circulating the Attitudes for Life and providing awareness and training in all of our facilities. We train and empower all workers to be more effective at intervention on behalf of others when faced with a potentially high-risk situation. We also provide channels by which anyone can speak up when safety concerns with a high-risk-potential outcome arise.

Our Attitudes for Life
Are a Shared Responsibility

  • Confined Space
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Driver Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Crane, Hoist & Lifting
  • Powered Industrial Vehicle
  • Machine Safety
  • Lockout Tagout
  • Work At Height
  • Hot Work

Evaluating Equipment Safety

An important part of employee safety is ensuring a safe interaction between employees and the machinery and equipment they operate. In alignment with our WCM System, our Early Equipment Management program contains process steps and safety requirements for newly purchased machinery so that safeguards are integrated before they arrive at our facilities. These steps increase confidence that our equipment is performing the way it should and not increasing the risk to operators.

Our machine Safety Risk Assessment process and safe life cycle analysis aim to continuously identify machine-related risk in alignment with our Attitudes for Life procedures.

Our Policies to Ensure
Safe Practices

See our Whirlpool Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Policy for details on how we are keeping our employees and contractors safe.

Prioritizing Contractor Safety

Whirlpool takes our contractor relationships seriously and — as with everything we do relative to health and safety — we are moving toward a proactive and preventive mindset. To that end, by the end of 2023, over 400 contractors that perform high-consequence work or high-risk activities had been EHS pre-qualified to our health and safety standards. Potential contractor worker companies can qualify to work with Whirlpool by demonstrating health and safety compliance and a positive record of safely performing high-risk activities at manufacturing locations. The early due diligence to pre-qualify potential contractors allows us to communicate our expectations and standards early in the relationship.

Protecting Employees Through Ergonomics

Expectations for management of Ergonomics are defined in Section 10.2 in the We Care Policy and Standards Manual. Every Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing operation is expected to drive continual improvement in the prevention of ergonomic (soft-tissue) injuries year-over-year.

Whirlpool’s Rio Claro manufacturing plant was recently awarded the coveted Gold Award in the Ergonomics Division of the Brazilian “Protection Awards,” presented to a business with an outstanding ergonomics management process at the Brazilian Congress on Occupational Safety and Health held in São Paulo.

The Rio Claro Operation was honored for its “Dream Factory” concept, which emphasizes the participation and suggestions of employees to drive substantive improvements in workplace ergonomics.

Driving a Powered Industrial Vehicle

Attitudes for Life


Complete the pre-shift inspection to ensure the vehicle is safe to operate, wear your seat belt, and operate the vehicle consciously at all times.

DO be a trained, competent and authorized person familiar with the operating instructions

DO wear your seatbelt at all times and high-visibility garments when required

DO perform a visual inspection before, report and remove from use, if damaged

DO check load capacity , make sure forks are lowered when the vehicle is traveling or parked.

DO perform work in segregated area whenever feasible

DO maintain safe distance from pedestrians and other moving or operating vehicles

DO use jack stands to stabilize trailer and use wheel chocks, and/or engage dock lock before driving into trailer

DO NOT underestimate ground slope or floor opening when operating a vehicle

DO NOT obstruct emergency route or egress points when parking or placing material

Machine Safety

Attitudes for Life


Confirm every time that controls are in place before putting your body near moving parts of machinery.

DO only operate, perform set up or maintenance on equipment that has defined safety operating instructions

DO be trained, familiar and authorized for the equipment and tools that you are working with

DO safety Pre-Work check before each shift (in particular interlocks, emergency stop, light curtains, fixed guards, and interlocked doors and gates)

Stop and report any observed defect to supervisor

DO remove from service any damaged or malfunctioning equipment

DO NOT bypass or remove any guards, shields, interlocks or other safety devices

DO NOT place any part of your body within the hazardous area (point-of-operation) without full control of all hazardous energy (LOTO)

DO NOT reach around, under, or over fixed or adjustable guards to access the danger zone or point of operation

DO NOT wear gloves, long shirt sleeves, or jewelry when working around powered rotating equipment, and have long hair pulled back due to the risk of being entangled.

DO NOT perform any maintenance, setup, cleaning, or unjamming on energized machine or equipment unless there is an approved hazardous energy protocol