Empower employees to have health and safety at the forefront of their thinking

We set ourselves high standards for personal safety at every one of our global locations, with an aspirational goal of zero harm.  We aim to 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. With this in mind, we have a three-point strategy for personal safety improvement:
  1. To focus on those sites with relatively poor performance
  2. To improve our incident investigation and root cause analysis
  3. To implement our new mandatory behavioural safety observation system
Our key lagging indicator of occupational safety remains the lost time injury (LTI) rate, which we track for our employees, our contractors and the two combined. This rate expresses the likelihood of injury whilst working at one of our operations for 100,000 hours, roughly equivalent to a lifetime of work.

Highlights include: 
  • 0.26 was our combined LTI rate in 2015
  • New behavioural safety observation system developed in 2015
  • Zero injuries recorded at two manufacturing sites during major construction work

Safety standdowns

Last year, due to a number of incidents, we held a safety standdown at our manufacturing site in Singapore, taking the site offline for a whole day to talk about nothing but safety. As part of this we played a short film documenting the real-life experience of an employee who had suffered a serious injury some years ago on another manufacturing site, which has since been translated into different languages for use by other sites. The aim was to show the consequences of injury and the importance of safety in a very personal way, demonstrating the effect on the individual, their family and co-workers. We also carry out safety standdowns at our Rawcliffe Bridge and Atlas Point manufacturing sites every year. Incidents are also memorialised to help prevent them happening again, and it is a strategy that we will look to implement elsewhere in our Business as required.

Best practice in incident investigation

At our Sipo site in China we have introduced a step-by-step approach to analysing ‘what went wrong’ that has resulted in a real improvement in incident investigation. Meanwhile, at Leek in the UK we received a commendation from the HSE for the quality and rigour of the ECFA we completed when a steam manifold failed. To read more about how Occupational Health & Safety is at the forefront of our thinking, please read our Sustainability Report.