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.

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

Our strategic environment, health and safety (EHS) leadership committee has developed and approved a three year EHS roadmap, taking us up to 2021. This roadmap has four main elements:

  • Leadership and personal ownership
  • Managing key risks
  • Management processes
  • The effectiveness of our EHS staff

To get the most value from the roadmap, we are working hard to make sure that everyone at Johnson Matthey engages with the plan. This starts with our managers and leaders who we expect to inspire their teams, lead by example and give continuous emphasis and clarity on health and safety requirements. Plus, our employees are being empowered to participate actively in EHS activities.

Our health and safety performance for the year is available in our Annual Report 2017-18 .

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We have designated a core group of our health and safety policies as ‘lifesaving policies’. These eight policies, such as process isolation, driving, working at height and guarding dangerous machinery, have been recently refreshed and cover known dangers, where policy breaches could endanger life or lead to serious injury.

We have set a behaviour standard in order to prevent injury, and to help employees to remain aware of their personal safety at all times, and that of their colleagues.

Our ‘My Team, My Responsibility’ training programme aligns with our EHS behaviour standard. The training supports work we have already done to encourage employees to take personal responsibility for safety and the aim of the programme is to help us identify preventative measures to avoid incidents from happening in the first place. It also builds the skills and confidence of team leaders, removes employee reluctance to speak up and make the right behaviours second nature.

44% of our manufacturing 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 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.