No one should expect to be injured when working at one of our operations and we have a responsibility to take care of all our employees across our global operations; our aspirational goal is zero harm. However, for us health and safety goes further than legal requirements to encompass the total wellbeing of our people and we are continuing to invest in initiatives with this in mind.

We provide a safe working environment where our people can safeguard themselves and their colleagues from harm and are actively encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles. First and foremost this is the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense; when employees and contractors are safe and healthy, absence is reduced and potential loss of reputation due to serious breaches in policy and regulation is eliminated.

Highlights from 2013 include:

  • 94 different health promotion activities across the globe
  • Development of bespoke Behavioural Safety Programmes across our manufacturing sites
  • Our two North American manufacturing sites have been awarded OSHA’s coveted VPP* status

Changing behaviours to improve safety

In 2012, our Rawcliffe Bridge manufacturing site in the UK developed an interactive Behavioural Safety Programme, which focused on the ways line managers and supervisors communicate unsafe and safe behaviours to their teams.
The Programme was very well received, and in 2013 we carried out further coaching to help individuals apply the techniques they had learned. In line with our new target to have a Behavioural Safety Improvement Programme at every site by the end of 2014, last year we also shared the best practice from Rawcliffe Bridge and are encouraging other sites to develop a similar approach.

Putting wellbeing centre stage with our Wellness Fairs
For the past four years we have run Wellness Fairs at our three North American operations to help promote the benefits of healthy living to our employees. Local fitness centres, nutrition counsellors, chiropractors and massage therapists have all attended the Fairs. Various screenings have also taken place, including thyroid, skin damage, blood pressure, BMI and lung function tests, along with free flu vaccinations.

To read more about how Health, Safety & Wellbeing is at the forefront of our thinking, please read our 2013 Sustainability Report.