Health and Safety
To view the De La Rue Health and Safety Policy Statement, click here.
De La Rue recognises its responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of all stakeholders affected by its operations and is committed to keeping employees safe and secure when they are at work and travelling for work. This is achieved through clearly defined responsibilities, good communication and training, hazard spotting, risk assessments and by implementing appropriate controls at all facilities.
None of De La Rue’s operations has been prosecuted for infringing any health and safety laws or regulations during 2011/12.
The Executive Committee and the Board receive confirmation that the business units and functions comply with Group policy and applicable laws through external and internal audits on their management systems, reports and measurement against action plans. These reports are used to develop effective improvement programmes.
One hundred per cent of our Supply Chain manufacturing sites have achieved OHSAS18001:2007 certification for their health and safety management system, which is externally audited.
De La Rue works with its main suppliers and contractors to ensure their health and safety processes are robust. During 2011/12, in response to the many changes at our sites, including the implementation of a relocation of operations to Westhoughton and Gateshead and the installation of new machinery, we have put a renewed emphasis on contractor management. For example, at our Gateshead site, we reviewed our contractor management processes and training. Subsequently some 424 contractors have attended the new training.
Details of De La Rue's health and safety key performance indicators for 2011/12 can be found on page 31 of the 2012 Annual Report (click here to view). The results are excellent; both the overall number of lost time accidents and the total days lost due to accidental injuries have reduced again this year. With organisational changes ongoing, we expect that in the coming year an even stronger emphasis will be required on health and safety training and setting health and safety related objectives for managers.
Achievements against our health and safety objectives for 2011/12 were:
• A successful ‘Interlock 2011’ integrated health, safety, environment and security conference was held in November 2011
• Significant resource was dedicated to the rollout of an internal cross site audit and compliance programme
• We maintained a reportable injury rate below our target
Health and safety objectives for 2012/13 are:
• To continue with our compliance audit programme and to carry out periodic cross site audits on good practices
• To maintain a reportable injury rate of 300 or lower
• To carry out a review of our occupational health provision ensuring that we maintain our good practices
• To hold ‘Interlock 2012’, an internal health, safety, environment, security and quality conference, in November 2012