Everywhere, we are committed to guaranteeing the physical and psychological integrity of our employees as we recognise that our employees are our greatest advocates and assets.

Health & Safety

In 2017, we created a global health and safety vision “One Devro where everyone is engaged to protect one another”. We believe that all work related injuries and work related ill health cases can be prevented. We work relentlessly to strengthen our safety culture and leadership: this means caring for people, and includes a focus on learning from incidents within Devro and other companies.

2017 Successes

  • Three of our manufacturing sites had Lost Working Day Incident free years.
  • In the last three years we have reduced our number of injuries by 23% and increased our near miss reporting by 115%.
  • In 2015 we tasked all of our manufacturing sites to reduce the number of arm, hand and finger injuries. In 2017, we achieved a 37% reduction through a number of initiatives such as glove use, increased inspection & maintenance and employee awareness.
  • Our factory in Sandy Run, USA had the highest number of lacerations reported across the group. Through the design and commissioning of our new factory along with improved safe working practices the site reduced the number of lacerations reported by 88% from 34 in 2015 to 4 in 2017.
  • Another key objective of the design of the new factory in Sandy Run was to reduce fork lift truck movements and incidents. In 2015 6 incidents were reported, this reduced to 0 in 2017.
  • In 2017 we introduced a companywide ban on the use of mobile phones when driving.

Our aim is to create a Zero Accident community and ensure everyone goes home safely every day. To accomplish this, we focus on three areas of safety: firm foundation, discipline discipline and internalised safety behaviours. Safety underpins all our operational procedures with accountability for safety at every level of the organisation.

In 2017, we established core safety teams across the business in the following disciplines:

  • Chemical Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Maintenance Safety
  • Mechanical Safety
  • Process Safety
  • Safety Best Practice

These teams comprise of employees in each of our manufacturing plants who are subject matter experts. In 2017 the teams worked to drive best practice and consistency across the group by identifying, creating and implementing key global health and safety standards.

In May 2017, our Health & Safety Managers across the group met in Jilemnice to discuss best practices. During this time we created a global health and safety pyramid and roadmap which clearly define our vision, purpose, principles, 3-5 year aims and annual objectives. We review this annually and update the objectives for the year ahead. The strategy pyramid is communicated across the business and we update our employees on progress throughout the year.

Health and safety is our first priority and therefore is the first agenda item in meetings of senior management including the Executive Management Team and Board. In addition, the Board reviews the Global Health and Safety Statement annually.

The Board’s Health and Safety Committee reviews and monitors safety performance in each of the regions. All sites have an annual safety and training plan in place, these are submitted to the Committee at the start of the year for review.

The Committee met four times in 2017 to review progress and meet with the regional safety committees.

Overall, in 2017, following steady and significant improvements in our safety performance over the past decade, the number of injuries per million working hours – the total recordable case frequency – has increased slightly compared to 2016. We however achieved a decrease in the level of injuries that led to time off work in 2017 and a significant decrease in the number of working days lost.

Total recordable injury rate per million hours worked

Lost working day injury rate per millions hours worked

Number of lost working days per million hours worked


2017 safety statistics

We also measure our performance by looking at the number of recordable injuries, those that need more attention than basic first aid and require the attention of a health professional. In 2017, there were 17 recordable incidents reported which was a decrease from 18 reported in 2016 which included one fatality.

We recorded 8 lost working day incidents in 2017 compared to eleven in 2016. The number of working days lost due to injury was 110 which was a significant decrease from 347 in 2016.

Following every serious incident a full report is drafted with all remedial actions put in place as soon as is practical, with the circumstances shared at all sites to ensure the chance of recurrence elsewhere in the group is minimised.

Table 1: 2017 Statistics

Number of LWDIs 8
Number of days lost 110
Number of cases of occupational illness 2
Number of dangerous incidents 10
Number of recordable injuries 17
Number of first aid cases 75
Number of minor incidents 79
Number of near misses 239
Total hours worked 4,397,546