Safety in Rooftop Solar: Values, People, and Best Practices

At Sunrock, our mission is straightforward: to lead Europe’s rooftop PV systems market. Achieving this goal requires a sharp focus on client satisfaction, quality and safety. From scaling heights to managing voltages and averting fire hazards, we’re acutely aware of the risks inherent in our projects.

As Sunrock’s QHSE Manager, I work closely with our teams and partners to implement safety protocols that prioritise the well-being of all stakeholders. For us, safety isn’t just a box to check—it’s woven into the fabric of our operations. Every Sunrock team member, alongside our esteemed clients and dependable partners, plays a key role in upholding our safety standards. In this blog, I’ll walk you through the values, stakeholders and protocols that define our approach to Safety at Sunrock, emphasising our commitment to continual improvement.

Our Values and Procedures

Trust is fundamental to Sunrock—trust between us and our clients, and trust in the reliability of our operations. We adhere to the highest safety standards, following both local and international regulations while fostering open communication and collaboration with our partners. Regular evaluations and continuous improvement efforts underscore our proactive approach to safety, ensuring that we strive to be at the forefront of industry best practices while keeping an open approach to constant learning and adapting from our experiences.

Working with People and Materials

Our commitment to safety extends to our partnerships with contractors and suppliers, chosen for their proven track records and expertise. We emphasise collaborative growth and knowledge-sharing, particularly in areas like safety and environmental responsibility. Audits and checks verify compliance, and we prioritise the use of fire-resistant materials while ensuring our staff and contractors have proper protective equipment. Through training programs and supervision, we prepare our personnel and partners to navigate safety challenges effectively. Our Moerdijk project below illustrates how we collaborated with fire authorities and other stakeholders to ensure all safety considerations were addressed at a site containing hazardous materials.

Our Experience and Learnings

Securing ISO certification has been a pivotal milestone for Sunrock, underscoring our commitment to quality management and environmental stewardship. By implementing ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, we’ve established robust frameworks for continuous improvement. ISO 9001 ensures we document our processes, gather feedback, and regularly evaluate and enhance our operations. Similarly, ISO 14001 focuses on minimising our negative environmental impact, guiding our choices in supplier selection and materials usage, even in our office spaces. These internationally recognised standards are audited annually by external parties, instilling confidence in our partners and clients that our processes are reliable and aligned with global best practices. For more information about our certifications and standards, check out our ESG policy.

Sunrock has gained valuable experience over the years, refining both internal and external best practices. We’ve transitioned to a collaborative approach, establishing task forces for major incidents and bolstering proactive measures through additional inspections. This approach enables us to preemptively identify and address potential issues, continuously evaluating project risks to prioritise prevention of incidents.

Striving for Safety Excellence

Safety is non-negotiable at Sunrock, and we are constantly applying our learnings and feedback to do better and better, year after year. We aim to ensure the safety and satisfaction of everyone involved in our projects. As we continue to innovate, learn and evolve, safety will continue to remain at the forefront of our operations.

We value feedback from our partners and stakeholders. Your insights are critical in helping us maintain our commitment to excellence and safety across all our projects. If you have any observations, suggestions, or feedback regarding safety or any other aspect of our projects, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Sunrock contacts. Together, we can ensure continuous improvement and uphold the highest safety standards.

Insight written by

Jessica Jonker - QHSE Manager

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