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Note 5: People health and safety


Employee and contractor safety

We focus on health and safety in the workplace as this is one of the greatest risks in the chemical industry.Performance on occupational safety is measured by the total reportable rate (TRR) of injuries for employees and supervised contractors (per million hours worked). The 2015 ambition is set at <2.0 for both employees and supervised contractors.

We continue to focus on improvement actions by applying BBS processes, which involve the support of employees in reducing unsafe situations and unsafe behaviors.

Employee and supervised contractors total reportable injuries
injury rate

Employees and supervised contractors total reportable injuries injury rate (bar chart)

Independent contractors total reportable injuries
injury rate

Independent contractors total reportable injuries injury rate (bar chart)
  • The TRR for employees and supervised contractors improved to 3.1 injuries per million hours worked (2010: 3.6). The rate for independent contractors was 3.5 injuries per million hours (2010: 3.0)
  • Six (2010: five) of our businesses and 69 percent (2010: 66 percent) of our units were performing better than the 2015 milestone (TRR < 2), exceeding our 2015 ambition level
  • More than 76 percent of our manufacturing sites are working according to the principles of the BBS improvement process
  • We have selected a number of units (roadmap sites) which are facing difficulties in achieving these high ambitions. These units will receive special attention and support to bring them to the desired performance level
  • In September, we organized a second global AkzoNobel Safety Day, during which employees made their personal pledge towards safety in both their working and private lives
  • Since launching our safety induction training for new and existing employees, 2,563 employees have taken and passed the multi-language e-learning online evaluation (passing score is 80 percent)

Employee health

As well as ensuring a safe working environment, we also focus on employee health and managing illness absence.

Employee health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

Total illness absence rate

 

2.0

 

1.9

 

2.0

Occupational illness rate

 

0.4

 

0.3

 

0.3

Wellness Checkpoint use

 

-

 

>5,000

 

>8,800

  • The total illness absence rate is stable at 2.0 percent (2010: 1.9 percent). We will keep monitoring this indicator for the whole company, aiming to stay at a level around 2.0 percent, but will not set new long-term ambitions
  • The occupational illness rate for employees and supervised contractors stands at 0.3 illnesses per million hours worked (2010: 0.3). With our expansion in high growth countries, we recognize that there are challenges associated with cultural aspects – health beliefs and the emphasis on group importance rather than the individual – as well as differences in healthcare
  • Our health assessment tool, the Wellness Checkpoint, is being used by an increasing number of employees and their families. By the end of 2011, around 8,800 people had participated in the health assistance program
  • Businesses continued to implement the health management standard during the year

Safe driving

Road safety remains a priority area. Analysis of serious motor vehicle and distribution incidents revealed that the majority of cases involved non-compliance with traffic regulations.

Motor vehicle incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

Incidents with injury

 

31

 

34

 

29

Fatalities - employees

 

 

1

 

0

Fatalities - public

 

 

4

 

4

  • During 2011, there were 29 (2010: 34) incidents involving injury, as well as four fatal accidents (2010: 4) involving a member of the public
  • There is a company-wide defensive driving program (using e-learning) for those who drive on company business. Approximately 3,000 employees have already participated
  • Drivers at risk (covering more than 20,000 business miles) are also advised to take regular hands-on safe driver training
  • A good practice guidance note was issued in 2011 to support business implementation
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