Report of the Directors
Business Review

Health

Health Performance in 2011/12

In 2011/12 we have continued to consolidate the sustainability of our corporate and facility health programmes. From May 2011, longer term health improvement goals were incorporated into the group’s ten year environment, health and safety (EHS) strategy and good progress has been made during the first full year of its implementation.

The proportion of facilities globally who reported that they had complied with the requirement to conduct an annual sustainable health review and improvement planning process rose again this year to 90%, which is the highest level achieved since this corporate requirement was introduced in 2006.

Good progress has been made against our Sustainability 2017 target to reduce the annual incidence of occupational illness cases by at least 30% over five years to 2013/14 (to 3.7 cases or less per 1,000 employees). The occupational illness incidence in 2011/12 was 3.5 employee cases per 1,000 employees (0.17 employee cases per 100,000 work hours), ahead of the group target and maintaining our performance in 2010/11. In addition, one case of chemical exposure related occupational illness occurred amongst contractors as a result of workplace exposure at a Johnson Matthey facility.

Chemical exposure related illnesses and musculoskeletal conditions accounted for 86% of reported occupational illnesses in 2011/12. Chemical exposure management and ergonomic risk management therefore continue to be the two highest priority health programmes.

During the year a working group was established to develop and implement an ergonomic risk management programme at all facilities. The group has identified and engaged a US based ergonomic consulting practice from which we will license ergonomic assessment tools, technical guidance and training materials.

We have also made further progress in the group’s chemical exposure management programme. Through evaluating progress of its implementation we have identified areas of additional action, resources and support needed to complete the programme over an appropriate timescale. New policy and guidance on the prevention, identification and management of occupational illness and on first aid and medical emergency response have also been introduced.

During the year we have used leading health metric data from a scorecard completed by all facilities to support managers in identifying the actions needed to achieve a best practice level of health programme performance. In addition, trends in health scorecard ratings have been communicated to regional and divisional management teams to engage them in prioritising and directing health improvement activities.

The group has comprehensive programmes in place to prevent, identify and manage all types of occupational illness conditions at every facility. These include chemical related, musculoskeletal, mental health and physical agent related illnesses (noise and hand-arm vibration). The elements of these programmes are summarised in the table above (based on guidance provided in the Global Reporting Initiative reporting guidelines).

Occupational Illness Assistance Programmes

Programme recipients Education / training Counselling Prevention / risk control Treatment
Workers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workers’ families n/a n/a n/a n/a
Community members n/a n/a n/a n/a

Sustainable Health Improvement Priorities for 2012/13

We will continue to focus on reducing the incidence of occupational illness to the lowest level reasonably achievable and to optimise the long term health, wellbeing and performance of our workforce.

The key activities in 2012/13 to address further health programme improvement through the group’s ten year EHS strategy are to:

Employees discuss progress at a team meeting in our Emission Control Technologies business.

Manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients at our Riverside facility in Conshohocken, USA.

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