Health and safety

Health and safety is one our core values and we have been working hard to embed it in our culture, which is essential if we want to achieve our aspiration of zero harm.


Our commitment to health and safety

We have adopted a safety culture maturity model (above) to guide our progress and employees 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.

The maturity model helps map our course towards further improvements in embedding health and safety. We know that culture does not change overnight and a one size fits all approach to health and safety won't get the positive results we require, so progressing along the maturity model demands commitment and rigour.

To move to level four we need to make sure that everyone at Johnson Matthey reaches a high level of engagement with health and safety. This starts with our managers and team leaders who need to inspire their teams and lead by example. It also involves further improvement in our EHS Behaviours Standard, which forms part of our performance review process and sets out expected behaviours around safety standards, communication, risk management an involvement for all levels of staff.

27 of our sites are compliant with BS OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised British Standard that sets out requirements for occupational health and safety management good practice.

All of our manufacturing sites have formal health and safety committees to help monitor, collect feedback and advise on occupational safety programmes. They are led by site senior management and meet on a regular basis to cascade plans and ideas to and from our workforce.

Performance in 2016/17

The group has made good progress over the past few years with our Lost Time Injury and Illness Rate showing a reduction of 25% since March 2014.


The annual incidence of occupational illness cases increased this year to 1.00 per 1,000. Our overall number of occupational illnesses remains very low and we expect to see some annual fluctuations as these are subject to statistical variation.


Our full performance for the year is available in our Annual Report 2016-17.