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Content on this page is extracted from the Accsys Technologies PLC Annual Report 2020

As Accsys continues to grow to more sites and geographies, the health and safety of our employees, partners, contractors and other associates and stakeholders remains the top priority.

Our Health and Safety policy is predicated on the idea that all incidents are preventable, and that every one of us is responsible for health and safety. Collective and individual responsibility and action are encouraged and reinforced through our policy, training and procedures.

Accsys colleague health and safety on Accoya walkway

Our policy is that we:

  • Provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risk to the health and welfare of all its employees, independent contractors, members of associated companies and the general public, so far as is reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are safe and with minimum risk to health.
  • Provide appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety at work for all employees.
  • Seek to continually improve health and safety performance.
  • Review operational performance using appropriate measures. Review accident investigation reports and audit information, seeking to address root causes and share those learnings.
  • Make the management of health and safety an integral part of the Company.
  • Meet or exceed all statutory regulations, approved codes of practice and industry recognised guidelines.

In preparation for the transition of the Tricoya® Hull plant work from construction to operation, we are also in the process of improving and standardising our health and safety monitoring, reporting and learning programmes across the entire business.

We promote communication and participation of our employees at all levels throughout the organisation – and we encourage our employees to actively participate in fostering a safe work environment through safety improvement programmes, risk assessments, safety improvement recommendation programmes, and ‘tool box talks’, along with other forums.

As a commitment to safety is one of our core values, we are proud that we have maintained and improved on our high levels of safety over the past year, and especially throughout the disruption and changes to working practices caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The business showed good progress in safety improvement through the year. There were three lost time incidents, but the renewed emphasis began yielding benefits, as the business experienced zero lost time incidents in the final five months. The moving annual average Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) for Hull improved from 1.3 in H1 to 0.7 at the end of the year; at Arnhem, the rate improved from a peak of 2.8 to 1.9 at year’s end.

While these figures are short of our ultimate goal of zero lost time incidents, they highlight the emphasis and strong effort by the team to address safety concerns on a proactive basis by analysing data, evaluating risks and taking preventive measures. The team is working with a philosophy of continuous improvement, constantly looking for ways to perform better and learn from the observations and experience of the entire organisation.

Looking to the future, learning from the past

The business measures safety performance through both leading and lagging indicators, helping us identify future risks and opportunities as well as learn from past events.

The lagging indicators include lost time incident rate (LTIR) and total recordable incident rate (TRIR). The team has established performance measurement using these metrics and benchmarking those figures against global industry peers to determine areas for improvement.

Leading indicators include measurements such as safety improvement opportunities and near miss incidents that help foster a mentality of prevention and pro-active safety involvement amongst our team members.

By continuously engaging colleagues at all levels of the business in the development and improvement of our safety procedures and learning programmes, we expand our knowledge, increase visibility and build on our shared commitment to promoting, upholding and further improving a safe working environment.