Data Center Health & Safety

Data Center Health & Safety

At STACK, we are committed to the safety and security of our employees, partners, clients, and the surrounding communities in which we live and operate. It is STACK’s responsibility to always do the right thing by providing a holistic safety experience and contributing to the well-being of our most valuable resources.

STACK is dedicated to continuous improvement, and our safety management system follows the philosophy of “Plan, Do, Check, Act” throughout every aspect of data center development and operations to achieve our zero-incident goal during the safety lifecycle:

Design Safety

STACK works with our architects, engineers, construction crews, and critical operations teams through a collaborative approach to evaluate our designs at key points in the process to eliminate the need for high-risk activities and deliver a product that is safe and efficient to operate and maintain.

Construction Safety

Safety in the construction phases of our projects requires a close relationship with our partners, open and transparent communication, and daily oversight to adjust as conditions change and always remain compliant with the local regulations and committed to best management practices.

Critical Operations Safety

STACK’s Critical Operations methodology defines processes and controls while leveraging ISO 45001 principles to ensure a safety-first perspective is engrained in our daily data center operations, from routine tasks to unplanned and non-routine activities.


Safety starts at the top.

At STACK, we are devoted to being leaders in caring for the well-being of all. Our people are a differentiator and our best resource to successfully addressing the evolving environmental, health, and safety (EHS) requirements in our industry.

STACK Americas

Donna Lynch
Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety

Donna is a seasoned executive in health, safety, and risk management and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), with over 20 years of engineering safety experience in critical industries. She most recently led Antea Group’s Data Center Health and Safety Practice, where she implemented health and safety programs and management systems, provided EHS consulting, developed training programs, and built strategic systems of safety for leading hyperscale and colocation providers. At STACK Americas, Donna has been a powerful force for change as part of a concerted effort to bring structure to our EHS directives—directives which are shaping and improving the Digital Infrastructure industry as a whole in tangible, qualifiable ways.


Graham Malings
Vice President of Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Graham is a Chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health, with more than 35 years’ experience. Graham’s initial career as an Electrical Engineer was the springboard to his evolving interest in health & safety and in 2001 he diversified his career in this direction. For the past decade Graham’s project portfolio has been exclusively the construction/operation of pharmaceutical and data centers across EMEA and North America. Prior to joining STACK, Graham worked as Health & Safety lead for several data center and development companies. At STACK EMEA Graham builds on the existing solid foundations to deploy a consistent approach, ensuring the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing for our people and the environment.

STACK’s Environmental, Health & Safety team defines expectations for how we conduct and manage the foundational elements of our safety management system, including Contractor Management; Incident Prevention, Response, Investigation, and Reporting; Job Safety Analysis; and Safety Training. We equip every STACK employee, partner, and client with operational protocols, empowering them through the creation of a reliable environment. STACK’s EHS management system continuously updates written procedures to address operational risks across four categories:


  • Mobile Work Platforms
  • Confined Space
  • Electrical Safety
  • Energized Electrical Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Ladders and Scaffolding
  • LOTO
  • Powered Industrial Trucks


  • Dock Safety
  • General Health & Safety Requirements
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hot Work
  • Lone Worker
  • Machine Guarding
  • Manual Material Handling and Ergonomics
  • Walking and Working Surface


  • Fire Aid/CPR/AED
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Heat/Cold Stress
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • PPE
  • Respiratory Protection


  • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (SPCC)
  • Universal Waste