Health and safety

The health and safety of our employees and those who work with us is a high priority. Focusing on the health and safety of employees is the duty of a responsible employer. We also understand that it helps to reduce absence, contributes towards productivity, the overall execution excellence of our business processes and cost optimisation.

Our OHS management processes and ongoing programme of employee training and performance reporting are designed to reduce occupational accidents and ill health by developing the right behaviours at all levels of the organisation.

OHS management

We approach the reduction of work-related injuries and ill health through risk management, employee training, performance reporting, audit and improvement planning.
Our Manufacturing function has a review process linked to its ISO 9001 quality management system. The process helps to cascade OHS objectives and targets through the function to all our manufacturing facilities worldwide. We aim to improve our local OHS management processes in line with OHSAS 18001, so that they can be easily integrated with existing quality and environmental management systems.
Central to our OHS systems is a risk assessment and management philosophy that identifies opportunities to reduce occupational injury and ill health. This allows us to identify significant risks, create improvement plans and implement management controls to reduce or eliminate serious risks.

We have a number of risk management training tools and techniques which are applied universally, including in those countries where the legal requirement for risk assessment is less developed.

Audit and review

Our cycle of independent audits provides clear direction for local OHS management system improvements. The audits include a gap analysis that benchmarks our management arrangements against the OHSAS 18001 standard.
A comprehensive range of OHS performance measures are monitored and collated through our internet-based non-financial reporting (NFR) system. This information can be accessed and used at Group, function and site level to monitor performance and improve the management of OHS. We have published our OHS performance data annually in our CR Reviews.

Employee engagement and training

Our management, in conjunction with employee health and safety committees and works councils, co-ordinate OHS locally and identify practical means to improve local working conditions.
Cooperation with local and regional Competent Authorities is also of great importance in achieving continuous improvement.
We use a mixture of communication, training and distance learning tools to achieve continuous improvement. We have a three-tiered, on-line OHS training programme that develops individual employees with specific OHS responsibilities from basic introductory level, through intermediate (supervisory management) to advanced level.
Our OHS networks are encouraged to share best practice, learn from experience and to find practical solutions to emerging issues.

Accident and injury prevention

Good-quality accident investigation is a key technique to understand the underlying cause of accidents, learn from experience and share this learning across the Group.
We focus our improvement efforts through an enhanced support programme , which targets the sites where focused intervention will have the greatest Group-wide effect.

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