The Group aims to continuously improve the quality and safety of the working environment for all employees. The Group has a published Health, Safety and Environment policy that sets out the overriding principles of health and safety for all employees. The business units operate to externally accredited ISO/OHSAS standards.

Health and safety achievements in the year included:

Following six consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards, the Group achieved the Gold Medal Award for exceptional performance and dedicated support for health and safety within the organisation.

Polypipe has donated over £6,500 to local charities chosen by sites that have achieved a set number of days without a lost-time accident. During 2018 our toolmaking and repair business, Mason Pinder, achieved over 3,600 days without a lost-time accident, donating £1,500. Also, during 2018,  our Glasgow distribution site achieved 2,000 days without a lost-time accident resulting in a charity donation of £1,700. Both are outstanding achievement and significant milestones, of which all involved can be proud.

The Group continued the implementation of a focused, formalised safety tour programme for management.

These safety tours, undertaken by Executive Directors through to department managers, engage staff and further encourage health, safety and environmental discussion and improvement.

The Group operates a formal system for reporting and recording hazards and near misses. The ‘See it, Sort it, Report it’ scheme encourages individuals across the business at all levels to report hazards and suggest solutions, and allows trends to be analysed. In 2018, the number of such reports reached record levels at 5,419 reports resulting in improvement projects being delivered across the Group which in turn enhanced employee working environment safety.

Accident frequency performance and details of all significant incidents are reviewed during the weekly executive meetings attended by the Executive Directors and certain senior managers.

The table below sets out the KPIs used by the Group to monitor accident performance:

2018 2017 2016
Frequency per 100,000 hours worked
– all accidents 6.12 5.40 5.68
– RIDDORS* 0.55 0.36 0.36

RIDDORS – HSE reportable accidents and dangerous occurrences based on the current seven-day absence from work reporting requirement in the UK and although there is no direct equivalent in Mainland Europe and the Middle East, the same definition is applied.

Restated to reflect the disposal of Polypipe France.