Employee Health & Safety

Employee Health & Safety

The health and safety of our employees is paramount to the ongoing success of our business. Our vision is to maintain our world-class safety culture and performance by safeguarding employees, the environment and the communities in which we operate. We aim to accomplish this through hazard recognition, safe work practices and compliance with environment, health and safety regulations.

Helping employees “Stay in the ZoneTM

We support employee safety awareness and well-being through our Stay in the Zone global safety engagement program. Stay in the Zone is designed to:

  • Heighten daily awareness of sound safety behaviors

  • Reinforce safety as a team effort characterized by each employee’s willingness to “Stop, think and say something” when something isn’t right with themselves, their tools/equipment, area or coworkers

Stay in the Zone is built around “four checks for safety,” which guide employees to check themselves, their tools and equipment, their work area and their people, whenever they begin work. Employees are in the “safety zone” when they consistently complete these four checks. 

Safety by Technology

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. 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

Our Process Safety Management Committee has implemented a number of protocols 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.

 

Treating health and well-being as a Mission: Possible

Through a program called Mission: Possible, we held health and well-being challenges, encouraging teams of U.S.-based employees to compete in weight loss, daily physical activity, stress reduction and more. Dozens of designated “health ambassadors” throughout the company encouraged participants on their goals and progress, invited them to exercise with others and helped them fine-tune their workouts. Mission: Possible builds camaraderie and supports employees in being healthy, which increases employee engagement. 

Label and Packaging Materials

Building a Worldwide Network to Recycle Label Waste

Through our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Program, we’re working with companies around the globe to create a system for collecting and recycling used label liners and matrix into materials for new products. Our aims are to meet our target of eliminating 70% of external waste from our value chain by 2025, help customers and brands meet their goals for recycling and sustainability, and dramatically reduce the amount of waste our industry produces. The recycling services provided by our network are typically cost neutral or better when compared to existing waste management services, depending on the region and services involved.

Fastener Solutions

Recycled Fasteners and an Alternative to Blister Packs

Environmentally conscious retailers, brands, and consumers are looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Avery Dennison’s Recycled Plastic Fasteners and Elastic StaplesTM are helping them do just that. Using Recycled Plastic Fasteners to attach tags or labels helps brands show both innovation and environmental responsibility. Because they’re made from at least 90% post-consumer waste from recycled PET-plastic bottles, every case of our fasteners reduces landfill loads by 528 bottles.

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