Nothing is more important than the safety and health of our people. Across the company, our safety performance has remained strong, thanks to a culture that makes safety practices part of our daily routine. On average, 75% of our facilities work without recordable injuries each year, and our global Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) of 0.23 continues to be significantly below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration manufacturing RIR of 3.5. As of the publication of this report, 33% of our facilities have operated injury-free for over five years. We’ve achieved our safety record through strong employee engagement at all levels of our company, all around the world. Our business units and operational regions are diverse in how they develop creative injury prevention solutions that fit their particular workplaces.
For example, our RBIS team is implementing a standardized Safety By Technology (SBT) platform to enhance machine safeguarding across its manufacturing lines. LGM has used region-specific safety processes in Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific that differ in their approach but include fundamental elements like analysis of injury trends, hazard recognition, risk assessments, and change management. While our Recordable Incident Rate continues to play a critical role in injury prevention, we expanded our safety metrics in 2018 by developing and baselining a severity rate that focuses on eliminating high-severity injuries—those that require treatment beyond first aid or that result in work restrictions or lost time.
Auditing our Progress
We conduct environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance audits at our manufacturing sites worldwide to further ensure that we’re complying with our own standards and with the regulations of the countries where we do business. Audits are conducted by a team of our own employees, assisted by third-party consultants who provide an outside perspective as well as knowledge of local regulations, languages, and cultures. Between 2016 and 2018, we conducted audits at 57 of our 100-plus facilities. The results of the audits are tracked by our corporate EHS team and used by the sites to facilitate continuous improvement in workplace safety and environmental protection.
Reducing Risk from Solvents
We continue to invest in the reduction of risks associated with the storage, handling, and processing of the solvent chemicals used in our compounding and coating operations. At the heart of our efforts are protocols that our Process Safety Management Committee has implemented across our 16 solvent-manufacturing sites. The committee’s purpose is to identify goals, strategies, and measurements to minimize and eliminate static ignition sources to prevent fires.
Our robust prevention process now includes 19 solvent-related guidance specifications, a solvent safety technology collaboration website for sharing best practices, a web-based process safety management “university,” and a self-verification and compliance audit process. Recent key accomplishments include the completion of approximately 2,400 learning modules from our process safety management university, implementation of annual solvent safety self-assessments, and the completion of seven safety-management compliance audits, which are conducted at each site every three years.