Continual improvements to Google data centers: ISO and OHSAS certifications

Uploaded by googlegreen on 18.01.2012


JOE KAVA: At Google, we have data centers throughout the
United States that power our products and services.
We operate in communities and we take great pride in being
good neighbors in those communities.
We have very high standards with respect to environmental
protection and employee health and safety.
And now, these standards have been audited and verified by
an independent third-party company.
At all of our US owned and operated data centers, we're
proud to announce that we are now ISO 14001
and OHSAS 18001 certified.
Google is the first major internet services company to
have our data centers certified to these standards.
ISO 14001 is a set of standards designed to help
companies minimize the environmental impact of their
BILL LEAGUE: As an example, we have exacting procedures of
how we do our maintenance on backup generators.
This is a critical piece of equipment for the operation of
the data center since we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
JOE KAVA: We've reduced our oil consumption in those
generators by 67% throughout this three year program that
we've been studying this.
Similar to ISO 14001 that focuses on environmental
protection, OHSAS 18001 focuses on
employee health and safety.
SARA SUTHERLAND: Google has several safety measures that
they've put in place in all of their data centers, some of
which include a personal protective equipment matrix so
that people can select the appropriate equipment to take
to whatever job they're doing so they can do it safely.
We also have safety equipment placed throughout the entire
facility that people can use and are trained in, in the
event we have an unforeseen emergency.
ALICE MOUNT: Being certified to these standards is a public
commitment for our employees and to the communities in
which our data centers operate that we're committed to doing
the right thing.
BILL LEAGUE: We live here, so the environment that we live
in is very important to us.
We want a safe place that we can work.
But better yet, we want a safe place that our friends and
families can live in and raise our family in.
JOE KAVA: Google strives to be the gold standard in terms of
data center efficiency, environmental protection, and
the health and safety of our employees that are operating
these data centers, and I'm very proud to be part of that.