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Occupational Health & Safety

The safety of our employees and customers is of utmost importance. S-W Cares is the Company’s enterprise-wide initiative to communicate our approach to occupational health and safety and serves as a roadmap for achieving environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence across the Company. It provides a leadership governance structure that is supported by tools to continuously track and measure our efforts to ensure safe workplaces, protect the environment and meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

Prioritizing Safety While Optimizing Performance

We have formal systems to help employees “find, own, fix and report” workplace EHS hazards before they lead to an incident. Every manufacturing site has developed a safety action plan, and monthly trainings are conducted to reinforce specific focus areas and ensure the implementation of best practices. Employees use what they have learned to audit their personal workspace for potential issues. The effort highlights the fact that employees – regardless of role or seniority – can directly impact the safety of their workplace.


Our EHS Management System covers all Sherwin-Williams facilities. Each of our three operating segments manage EHS through the S-W Cares initiative, but tailor their approach to their specific risk profile.

2020 Safety Performance Data


recordable case rate


number of manufacturing sites achieving zero recordables in 2020


number of sites with OSHA VPP Star Rating or OHSAS 18001 Certification


reportable fleet accidents per million miles

Occupational Health & Safety

Aspirational EHS Goals 

As we continually strive to achieve zero recordable injuries, we have set ambitious aspirational goals we are targeting to accomplish by 2025: 

  • Process Safety: Maintain continued progress along our maturity path by having all 72 global sites achieve the compliance level of the Company’s four-tier blueprint to minimize disruptive fires and spills across the enterprise
  • Safety & Risk: Achieve a recordable cases rate (RCR) of 0.8
  • Occupational Health: Reduce the number of ergonomic injuries by implementing two interventions per year in each manufacturing site

Increased Collaboration Between Divisions Drives Continuous Improvement 

Our EHS practices and procedures are governed by an executive steering committee that includes representatives from our three segments as well as our Global Supply Chain division. An EHS Council, comprised of representatives from each segment and division, sets and tracks goals that are reported to the Sustainability Council. It also functions as a think tank, allowing divisions to share learnings and leverage improvements. While each business line operates autonomously, collaboration between divisions about EHS topics has dramatically increased and helped drive company-wide improvements.