Improving safety health and well being

Our commitment to our people starts with keeping us all safe and healthy. This is our essential foundation and number one focus. We strive to always improve and be proactive, including designing for safety; strengthening our safety culture every day; and working to improve our colleagues’ lives in the round.
Practical Action
Driving to zero injuries and improved health requires sharp focus and practical action. We know that a day without an injury is not the same as a day where we improved safety, health and well-being. Whenever someone gets hurt, we look closely to identify root causes and prevent recurrence. And we know that our most valuable work is seeing hazards and taking action to reduce risk and improve health before someone is harmed. 
Policies and Performance

We have an extensive set of health and safety policies and procedures that all operations are required to follow. Performance against these policies is overseen by an audit process that also covers all Smiths production facilities including ISO HSE management systems.

Our Group Recordable Incident Rate was 0.54 in FY2022, continuing to track below the industry average and in the top quartile of industry performance.

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Supporting colleague well-being inside and outside of work helps to keep us safe, healthy and performing at our best. Our global THRIVE programme has significantly increased the well-being resources available to colleagues, while helping to create an environment where people feel confident talking about matters such as mental health and wellness. All employees have access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition to preparing injury reduction plans, each of our divisions is required to set completion targets for the Safety Leading Indicator (SLI) proactive and preventative safety measures most relevant to their operations, with an expectation of achieving 95% of target annually. SLIs include activities such as safety inspections, leadership tours, training, and our safety look out peer-to-peer observation programme.

– Stay fit and focused at work
– Identify and manage safety hazards
– Always use machinery safely
– Stop work if it isn’t safe
– Take care when using electrical equipment
– Follow safety protocol in vehicles
– Take care when working at heights
– Always wear protective gear
– Report all safety incidents and near misses