The Group actively promotes a strong safety culture, striving to instil safe working principles in every employee, every activity and every facet of our business

Whilst the Chief Executive Officer (supported by the Director of QHSE and Business Systems) has overall responsibility for Health & Safety policies and procedures across the Group, the company demands that each operating business and each employee carries responsibility for their own personal safety, thus creating collective responsibility for ensuring Health & Safety standards are met and continually improved on. Local management teams are accountable for ensuring compliance with local regulatory requirements, culture and specific business needs, however these are audited by the Group periodically.

The Group's Health and Safety Committee meets four times a year and has attendees from throughout the business from the Chief Executive Officer down to site representatives.

Health & Safety has formed part of the induction process for new employees since 2012, as such the Group has good coverage of employees who have undertaken this formal Health & Safety training. The Group has also engaged an external consultancy to provide more specialist training in the form of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (“IOSH”) Working Safely course, for specific functions working in higher risk environments.  The current focus is on manufacturing operations personnel with more than 50 individuals having undertaken this course to date.

The Group is not yet collating global Health & Safety data, owing to the relatively recent inclusion of our overseas facilities, therefore the following table represents the Group's UK activities:
 

 

2018

2017

2016

UK Employees

164

118

90

UK Booked Hours

239,777

172,441

135,738

Accidents

10

8

10

Dangerous Occurrences

7

2

1

Near Misses

1

2

2

Reportable Incidents

0

0

0

Lost Time Incidents

0

0

0

Frequency Rate Accidents/1,000,000 hours worked

42

46

74

Injury Rate/100 Employees

6.1

6.8

11.1


Whilst the number of accidents has remained largely stable for the last 3 years, this can be interpreted as a reduction due to the significant increase in headcount/hours booked; as demonstrated by the decreasing injury and frequency rates. The company retains its record of no lost time or reportable incidents.

All incidents are fully investigated, and corrective actions and preventative measures are put in place to ensure that the incident does not reoccur, and future risks are mitigated.  The majority of accidents relate to minor injuries associated with cuts and/or abrasions.

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