We have no higher priority than safety, not only for our employees but for everyone who comes to our sites. Our ultimate goal is no accidents or injuries.
Our Executive Safety Committee, chaired by our Chief Executive, met throughout the year to review our safety performance and improvement programmes. Our senior executives are personally involved in safety management and undertake annual executive audits at our major sites around the world.
Here you'll find our latest safety results, as set out in our 2013 Annual Report. The figures are for calendar year 2012.
We measure and report safety against two key performance indicators:
- Recordable incident rate Employees and contractors combined: no change at 0.85.
- Lost-work case rate Employees and contractors combined: 0.26 compared with 0.21 last year, due to 19 lost-work cases globally in calendar year 2012 compared to 16 in 2011.
Despite a low number of accidents in the spring and early summer, and very good results at many facilities, we ended the year with the overall recordable incident rate being the same as 2011 and the overall lost-work case rate increasing due to three more lost-work cases than last year.
Many of our locations achieved excellent safety performance: a number of sites had zero recordable incidents; several reached milestones of four million hours worked without a lost-work case; and one site had an accident in December after 20 years without a lost-work case.
Two of our US plants, both of which are in Lafayette, Indiana, won US Corn Refiners Association awards during the year. Lafayette South won three – Incident Rate Excellence, One Million Hours and Zero Lost Work Days and Sagamore won one – Zero Lost Work Days.
To put our safety performance in perspective and because many of our employees are located in the US we monitor US industry averages. In 2012 our safety performance was better than the average achieved by companies across our own and other industry sectors, as shown in the graphs above.
Safety projects and activities
During the year we made progress with a number of safety initiatives, these included:
- Contractor safety programme: we have worked hard in the past year to improve contractors' safety practices, including: reviewing their safety programmes; setting up a contractor safety improvement task force; asking contractors to share best practices; revising our global contractor safety expectations document; and addressing specific issues by meeting the executive managers of the relevant companies to discuss performance and their safety improvement plans.
- Safety management systems: we implemented new procedures for hazardous activities; we developed a Code of Safety Leadership to ensure colleagues are clear on what their safety leadership responsibilities are; and renewed Road Safety Guidelines to promote safe driving and travel. We also further improved machine guarding at our facilities and enhanced training for employees working at height, for example on ladders or elevated platforms.
- Safety awareness: we held our first global office and laboratory safety conference, as well as our annual Global Safety Week with many employees and their families taking part across the Group.Occupational health and well-being
We contract with occupational health professionals to monitor and safeguard the health of employees at work, and to provide information, advice and support to them on health matters.
Having seen employee hand and arm safety incidents increase in 2012, we have made this area a priority for 2013, along with our ongoing work on contractor safety.