Health and safety

Ensuring we all have a safe place to work

Focusing on safety

As a company that uses chemicals, we have a higher responsibility than most to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers. Our commitment to running safe operations is embedded in our company values and Code of Conduct; and we continually review our work practices to eliminate risk to our colleagues, business partners and customers.

Safety excellence across the board

Our Safety Excellence programme provides the framework for driving safety improvements across our business activities. As part of this initiative, we give our colleagues the tools they need to report and evaluate all incidents, including near misses, and we share this information across teams to help prevent repeat occurrences.

In 2019, we saw an increase in the number, although not severity, of lost time accidents. The frequency increased from 1.72 in 2018 to 2.68 in 2019 

Eliminating red raw materials

Some of the raw materials in our products are potentially harmful to people and the environment. These are known as red raw materials and we’re committed to phasing them out. Our priority list centres on carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances – and we always strive for safer alternatives in our development work, from new product development through to the re-formulation of existing products.

Potentially harmful raw materials are known as red raw materials. In 2019, we phased out 25 red raw materials, and reduced the overall use of red raw materials per litre of coating produced by 8.1 per cent from 8.8 to 8.09 (kg/ 1,000 L paint produced)

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See what guides us in our work
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Make a report on our whistleblower site
How we fulfil our health, safety and environmental policy commitments

Delve deeper

Hempel company brochure
Hempel Annual Report 2019
UN Sustainable Development Goals
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