Managing safety

Maintaining a consistently safe and healthy workplace for our people requires effective, proactive management. During the year, we undertook a comprehensive review of our approach to managing safety. As a first step, in August 2010 we introduced a ‘Call to Action’ to standardise best practice and help embed a safety culture Group-wide – an effort greatly helped by our restructuring as an integrated global company and the subsequent global management of safety initiatives, policies and programmes.

Projects and activities

We implemented a number of initiatives as part of the Call to Action:

  • the Chief Executive and all his direct reports are closely involved in our safety auditing system;
  • we commissioned external safety consultants, DuPont, to conduct a Group-wide perception survey and field assessments, leading to a safety improvement plan that includes action plans for all plants;
  • we have standardised accident investigation procedures, health and safety policies and procedures, reporting of performance including near-misses, and communications across the Group; and
  • we have established global forums to share best practice worldwide.