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.