Note 7: People health and safety

Overall performance indicators for people safety show that we continue to structurally improve towards targets set for 2015. The 2015 TRR target of <2.0 has been derived from a top quartile safety performance peer analysis.

Employee and contractor safety

The general downward trend in reportable injuries from 2010 onwards continued in 2013. Most notable was the decrease in the total reportable injury rate of independent contractors, reversing the recent increase.

  • The TRR for employees and supervised contractors decreased to 2.3 (2012: 2.4)
  • The breakdown per Business Area shows that the TRR for Decorative Paints decreased to 1.9 (2012: 2.7) which is below the TRR 2015 ambition and the TRR for Specialty Chemicals is at the 2013 ambition of 2.2 (2012: 1.8). The Performance Coatings TRR slightly increased to 2.8 (2012: 2.6)
  • The overall downward trend in reportable injuries coincides with both the implementation of our Life-Saving Rules at all our facilities, and the global roll-out of the people, process and product safety programs that are part of the common HSE platform. Implementation was complemented by a strong focus on compliance and operational discipline, performance monitoring and enforcement if necessary. We will need to continue focusing on continuous improvement through these programs in order to achieve the 2015 target of a TRR of less than 2.0 for employees and supervised contractors
  • During 2013, 96 percent of our manufacturing sites implemented behavior-based safety. This program raises safety awareness through peer-to-peer employee interaction. Obstacles for safe behavior are subsequently removed. The behavior-based safety program applies to employees and supervised contractors, as behavior in routine operations within both categories falls under the direct supervision of AkzoNobel line management. Independent contractors hired for non-routine tasks are managed under contract conditions and in standardized company project management processes. The behavior-based safety program will continue to be rolled out in non-manufacturing locations in 2014
  • There were no employee or contractor fatalities during the year. However, three reported safety incidents (see HSE management) involved severe injuries to independent contractors
  • The downward trend extended to the TRR of independent contractors. Following an increase over the last two years, the rate dropped again to 3.5 in 2013

Employee and supervised contractors total reportable injuries injury rate

Employee 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. In line with OHSA guidelines, supervised contractors (SC) are reported with employees, since day-to-day management is by AkzoNobel. Independent contractors are managed by their own companies.

Employee health

As well as ensuring a safe working environment and healthy working conditions, we also foster employee health and well-being, as well as managing illness-related absenteeism.

Employee health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

Total illness absence rate

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.1

Occupational illness rate

 

0.3

 

0.2

 

0.1

Wellness Checkpoint use

 

>8,800

 

>11,300

 

>13,700

  • The total illness absence rate has slightly increased over 2012 (2.0 percent). It now stands at 2.1 percent. We continue to monitor this indicator for the whole company, aiming to stay at or below a level around 1.9 percent
  • The occupational illness rate for employees and supervised contractors stands at 0.1 illnesses per million hours worked (2012: 0.2). Through implementing HSE standards and guidance notes, i.e. on laboratory safety and occupational hygiene risk management, we further try to eliminate occupational illnesses from occurring
  • Our health risk appraisal tool, the Wellness Checkpoint, is appreciated and is being used by an increasing number of employees and their families. By the end of 2013, almost 14,000 people had joined the program since its launch in 2008

Distribution and motor vehicle incidents

We have identified distribution and motor vehicle incidents as a risk to employee and contractor safety.

Distribution incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

Road

 

82

 

67

 

44

 

44

Sea

 

5

 

3

 

2

 

2

Rail

 

4

 

10

 

0

 

2

Air

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Total

 

91

 

80

 

46

 

48

  • The number of distribution incidents increased from 46 in 2012 to 48 in 2013. Most of these incidents (44 out of 48), occurred on the road

Motor vehicle incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

Incidents with injury

 

34

 

29

 

28

 

19

Fatalities – employees

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

  • Fewer motor vehicle incidents were reported in 2013 than in the previous two years. The number dropped from 28 in 2012, to 19 in 2013
  • The company continues to monitor safe driving performance and strives for improvement. During 2013, current road safety training programs for company drivers were evaluated. A best practice approach with a focus on driver behavior will be implemented from 2014 onwards