Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a key part of the strategy for all our business functions, and our approach is underpinned by our core values. “Freedom and responsibility” means providing a safe, healthy working environment that meets all legal and customer requirements, while “Partnership and fun” reflects our belief that working together is the best way to achieve our goals.
In 2015 we continued to implement our global OHS management system based on OHSAS 18001, the international standard for operational health and safety management systems. This is sponsored and steered by members of the Global Leadership Team and will ensure co-ordination across all sites, including our customers’. Each function is now represented in a senior level OHS forum, and in a central OHS working group.
As part of the programme, in 2015 we launched a set of standardized global procedures for Technical Service and Processing Systems operations carried out at our customers’ sites. Since then, we have launched a new Tetra Pak Group OHS Policy which is now being communicated to all employees with the message that we must all stay safe and healthy, every day and everywhere we work.
In 2014 we set ourselves the challenging target of achieving OHSAS 18001 certification for all our manufacturing sites by 2017. So far 60% have been certified, up 22% from last year. Our market company in Brazil has also extended its OHSAS 18001 certification to include Technical Service and Processing Systems operations.
This year, Tetra Pak Brazil has focused strongly on accountability for safety at customer sites, rolling out a programme promoting risk awareness and the need for safe behaviours to all field service engineers. The market company became one of our first non-manufacturing sites to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification, an indication that our OHS management systems are aligned to international standards of best practice.
Our 34 packaging material factories employ approximately 6000 people. In 2015 they continued to achieve excellent results, with a 24% year-on-year reduction in their combined Lost Time Accident Rate (LTAR). Our smaller additional material and processing systems manufacturing sites, which between them employ around 1400 people, also showed excellent OHS performance with reductions of 50% and 12% respectively, contributing to an overall LTAR for all manufacturing sites of 2.4, 25% lower than in 2014.
Overall, 23 of our 54 factories were accident-free during 2015. Tragically, however, an accident at one of our processing systems manufacturing plants in South East Asia resulted in a fatality. A detailed programme of action is being rolled out across all Tetra Pak manufacturing sites to ensure lessons learned are implemented, including a new corporate procedure for working in confined spaces.
In 2015, we launched global procedures for workplace transport (e.g. forklift trucks) and for lock out and tag out (LOTO), designed to eliminate the risk of safeguards being bypassed and prevent machinery and equipment being started accidentally. Individual factories are using self-assessment checklists to measure progress in rolling out these new global procedures.
Many of our manufacturing sites have access to occupational health support including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, ensuring high levels of care even in countries and regions where healthcare standards are less reliable.
Many sites have programmes that systematically monitor and support employee health and wellness, including:
We also conduct routine medical examinations of high-risk groups, such as those who work with hazardous chemicals
In 2015, Tetra Pak New Zealand won a Worksafe award from the New Zealand government for its work in promoting the health and wellbeing of everyone working on Capital Project sites throughout the country. This includes many sub-contractors who live a semi-nomadic life, often in tough conditions, and do not have easy access to healthcare. By providing free access to an occupational health nurse once a week, Tetra Pak New Zealand was able to identify and tackle health issues and educate contractors about the hazards they face, reducing the risk of personal injury.
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