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Note 4: People health and safety


An improvement program for people safety is in place at our businesses and related ambitions have been set for 2015. Overall, performance indicators for people safety show that the company continues to structurally improve. In general, the number of incidents is going down, while at the same time new initiatives help us to accelerate improvement.

Employee and contractor safety

Even with a general downward trend in reportable incidents in 2012, the company continues to strive for zero incidents in order to become a leading company in safety performance. The downward trend is reflected in both the total number of injuries to employees and supervised contractors, as well as in the number of 13.4 safety incidents.

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 total reportable rate (TRR) is the number of injuries, including fatalities, resulting in a lost time case, restricted work or requiring medical treatment by a competent medical practitioner per million hours worked.

  • The total reportable rate of injuries for employees and supervisors dropped from 3.6 (2010) and 3.1 (2011) to 2.4 in 2012. This correlates with a decrease in the number of 13.4 safety incidents from 36 in 2011 to 23 in 2012
  • However, the improved safety performance does not extend to independent contractors. More independent contractors were injured in 2012 than in the previous year, demonstrating the need to refocus more on contractor safety management and the involvement of independent contractors in our safety improvement programs in 2013
  • There was a stronger focus in 2012 on operational discipline and a strict adherence to the intrinsic company safety value. This was supported by the launch of the TakeCare program and our Life-Saving Rules, which were formally announced during a global Safety Day. With full implementation to be completed in 2013, the focus on personal accountability and safety priority is expected to facilitate a continued decrease in incidents and injuries
  • The steady improvement in our injury rate was supported by management focus and employee engagement in the form of a Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) program. During 2012, AkzoNobel signed a sole, global supplier agreement with Behavioral Science Technology Inc. for the supply of best practice behavioral safety methodology to all businesses. BBS has now been implemented at 76 percent of our manufacturing sites, with the remaining facilities (mostly newly-acquired units) due to be included during 2013

Employee health

Not only do we ensure a safe working environment, but we also foster employee health and well-being, as well as managing illness absenteeism.

Employee health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

Total illness absence rate

 

1.9

 

2.0

 

2.0

Occupational illness rate

 

0.3

 

0.3

 

0.2

Wellness Checkpoint use

 

>5,000

 

>8,800

 

>11,300

  • The total illness absence rate remains stable at 2.0 percent (2011: 2.0 percent). We continue to monitor this indicator for the whole company, aiming to stay at a level around 1.9 percent, but will not set new long-term ambitions
  • The occupational illness rate for employees and supervised contractors stands at 0.2 illnesses per million hours worked (2011: 0.3). With our continued expansion in high growth countries, we recognize that there are challenges associated with cultural aspects (such as health beliefs and the emphasis on group importance), and differences in healthcare systems which may discourage illness reporting or impact the comparability of reporting
  • Our health risk appraisal tool, the Wellness Checkpoint, is appreciated and being used by an increasing number of employees and their families. By the end of 2012, more than 11,000 people had joined the program
  • Occupational hygiene workshops for people in HSE critical roles have been delivered in each of the three regions

Safe driving

In 2012, AkzoNobel recorded fewer total motor vehicle incidents resulting in injury and fatalities than in previous years. However, this subject remains high on our agenda.

Motor vehicle incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

Incidents with injury

 

34

 

29

 

28

Fatalities – employees

 

1

 

0

 

1

  • In 2012, we recorded fewer motor vehicle incidents with injury – from 34 and 29 in 2010 and 2011 respectively to 28 in 2012. Tragically, one motor vehicle incident involved an AkzoNobel employee fatality (see Note 7)
  • The company continues to monitor safe driving performance and strives for improvement. This year, a Safe Driving training program was developed, parallel to ongoing training initiatives. The program will result in a pilot in 2013, followed by company-wide implementation.
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