Health and safety

Health and safety heads the list of our sustainable business goals to 2025. We have been working hard to embed it in our culture, which is essential if we want to achieve our aspiration of zero harm.

We are committed to conducting all our activities in ways that achieve high standards of health and safety for all employees and those affected by our operations.

Our commitment to health and safety

Across JM, everyone is required to follow five clear and simple safety principles:

  1. All injuries and occupational illnesses are preventable.
  2. We are all responsible for preventing injuries and occupational illness.
  3. Adherence to lifesaving policies and site safety rules is mandatory.
  4. Working safely is a condition of employment.
  5. We will promote off the job health and safety for our employees.

With a health and safety element a requirement of all employees’ performance reviews, we ensure these principles remain firmly on everyone’s radar and that they are clear about what is expected from them.

Keeping our people safe

We have introduced personal safety action plans for leaders at all levels – from GMC to those at the front line. These plans include practical activities to promote a proactive safety culture by demonstrating more visible, higher quality safety leadership, leading to greater employee engagement and, in turn, improved health and safety performance. We have also increased the regularity and quality of our health and safety communications with targeted and measurable campaigns to drive awareness, engagement and personal ownership.

Our Group Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy is supported by a core group of eight health and safety policies which we call ‘lifesaving policies’. These policies are available in local languages and cover high risk topics, where policy breaches could endanger life or lead to serious injury. We have continued to provide guidance to our sites on how to implement them and monitor compliance through EH&S audits. All sites have action plans for implementing our lifesaving policies and good progress is being made against those plans.

For more information, and to view our health and safety performance for the year, view our Annual Report below.