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:

  • To focus on those sites with relatively poor performance
  • To improve our incident investigation and root cause analysis
  • 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: 

  • A 5% reduction in our Total Recordable Injury Rate to 0.73 in 2017
  • In 2017 we rolled out our global Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) observation system
  • Zero injuries recorded at two manufacturing sites during major construction work