Health and Safety

The Health and Safety of our Employees Comes First at G4S.

As the world’s leading secure solutions group, we must continue to set the global standard for health and safety in our industry. We understand safety should be a top-down process that begins with a commitment from management and it also involves Supervisors and their personnel.

A successful safety program should be pro-active, as such G4S’s Global Safety Committee is comprised of Safety Managers/Directors from various countries that G4S is licensed to service. The committee conducts monthly conference calls to discuss and share best practices. Our health and safety performance is reviewed at every board meeting, demonstrating the importance attached to this issue.

In the past two years our focus on safety has demonstrated true measurable results with a more than 37% reduction in recordable injuries in the U.S. Our global model builds on a firm foundation of compliance with local laws and regulations, with a strong ethical focus to protect employees and a commitment to integrating good practice into the organization at every level.

In order to achieve our aims for health and safety, in addition to ensuring compliance with local legislation and regulations, G4S has established the following minimum standards:

  • Comply with published country-specific and account-specific Health & Safety strategies
  • Monitor account-specific KPIs and provide reports on any work-related fatalities or serious incidents
  • Formally review the account-specific health and safety performance and strategy on at least a quarterly basis during review meetings
  • Maintain proactive communication and consultation with employees on matters of health and safety
  • Ensure ongoing health and safety training for all personnel to include general topics and account specific topics

G4S in the U.S. has developed a Safety Program to help assist field personnel achieve safety excellence which consists of the following key initiatives:

Safety Road Map
Safety road map

This is a company-wide documented safety program which all personnel are required to read and sign an acknowledgement of receipt. The road map includes:

  • Policy Statement
  • Defined roles with safety responsibilities of each key individual (i.e., General Manager, Supervisors, Security Officers, etc.)
  • Defines scope and goals of the Safety Committee
  • Measurement process and incentive program
  • Safety Condition Reports – Various safety reports (JSA’s, PPE assessment, etc.)
  • Defines the Accident Investigation/Root-Cause Analysis process
  • Outlines Workers Compensation/Return to Work Program
  • Outlines motor vehicle program


Employee Safety Handbook

This is distributed to all personnel and provides basic safety training.  Personnel must pass a written test consisting of 25 questions and receive a minimum score of 70% to demonstrate competency. This is conducted during their pre-assignment training. Employee Safety Handbook topics include:

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  • Accident and Injury Reporting
  • Lifting – Material Handling
  • Blood borne Pathogens (BBP)
  • Lock-out/Tag-out Procedures
  • Driver Requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Slips and Falls
  • Fire Protections/Prevention
  • Traffic Control
  • First Aid Procedures
  • Workstation Ergonomics
  • Hazard Communications
  • Drugs and Alcohol


Driving Safety

This is distributed to all personnel and provides basic driver safety training.  Personnel must pass a written test consisting of 25 questions and receive a minimum score of 70% to demonstrate competency. This is conducted during their pre-assignment training.  Employee Driving Safety Handbook topics include:

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  • Accident Statistics
  • Prohibited Items While Driving
  • Aggressive Drivers
  • Pre-Inspection
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Safe Driving Distance
  • Adverse Weather Driving Conditions
  • Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles
  • Driver Responsibilities If Involved in Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Golf Cart and Bicycle Safety  Specific Topics


Safety Communications Newsletter

The safety newsletter is distributed on a monthly basis to all G4S field locations and personnel. “Safety Matters” covers a safety topic and safety related information.


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Safety Briefs

“Safety Briefs” is a collection of one-page safety topics distributed on a weekly basis and can be used as material for a safety meeting. If a site is experiencing a particular safety related issue, pertinent information can be sent to the site on an as needed basis.

Safety Shoe Program

G4S has recently implemented a Safety Shoe Program that is making a big difference in keeping our employees safer on the job. As G4S Security Officers spend a significant amount of time in different weather conditions and moving over different landscapes, shoes become a critical factor for their safety. During a recent pilot program, slip and fall accidents were reduced by 96%. The G4S Safety Shoes are specially constructed to look good for G4S uniformed officers, providing a professional, finishing touch with thick, slip resistant soles and padding inside.


Bi- Monthly Safety Conference Calls 

On a bi-monthly basis, online safety conference calls are conducted covering topics, such as: Back Injuries, Ergonomics, First Aid & Medical Emergency, Safety Leadership, etc.

Safety Training 

In addition to the pre-assignment safety training (i.e. Safety Road Map & Safety Handbook) all personnel receive site-specific training on their Post Orders, topics based on client-specific work environment, and any other additional safety training required by the client-specific contracts. Additionally, we recognize that many of our clients have contractor safety programs established and may prefer that G4S utilize the client safety training program. G4S is happy to conform to the safety standards and programs established by its customers. Through our ISO-registered G4S North America Training Institute, we have developed several types of training programs to provide effective on-going safety training to our personnel. These include:

Online Safety Training Programs

These are interactive learning modules which reside on our Learning Management System or through our online Corporate Library. Topics include:

  • Back Safety
  • Commitment to Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hearing Conservation
  • LO/TO
  • Respiratory Protection
  • DOT HazMat Awareness
  • Safe Driving
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Industrial Fire Protection
  • Occupational Ergonomics
  • Office Ergonomics
  • Medical PPE
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazard Communication
  • Leadership in Safety

Learning Programs & DVD’s 

Learning Programs and DVDs are designed to be used primarily by field training instructors; however, they can be used as part of a self-study program for Security Officers. Safety related programs examples:

  • Fire Detection, Suppression, and Life Safety (LP-25)
  • Basic First Aid (LP-36)
  • Patrol Vehicle Driving Safety (LP-30)
  • Emergency Response (LP-52)
  • Accident Prevention and Investigation (LP-32)
  • Violence in the Workplace (LP-53)
  • OSHA First Responder – Awareness Level (LP-48)
  • Safe Lifting & Carrying (AV-279)
  • Fire Safety (AV-281)
  • Back in Shape (AV-290)
  • Emergency Evacuation Procedures (AV-285)
  • Leadership & Safety (AV-289)
  • 10 Steps to Chemical Safety (AV-284)
  • Repetitive Motion Injury (AV-288)