Health and safety

Joelle, UCB (photo)

Joëlle, UCB

The Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) for 2016 was calculated at 2.04 incidents with more than one day of absence per million hours worked.

The Lost Time Severity Rate (LTSR) was calculated at 0.04 days lost per 1 000 hours worked.

In 2016, no fatalities occurred as a result of work-related incidents.

UCB has no operations whereby workers show high incidence or are exposed to high risk of occupational diseases.

During 2016, UCB continued managing risk areas identified during regular health and safety reviews, also performed at key contract manufacturing organizations. A first three-year roadmap for strengthening the occupational hygiene program yielded the necessary positive results.

In 2015 UCB launched a three-year program to create intrinsically safe installations and to improve employee training and this was continued in 2016.

In 2016, UCB also continued the ‘Take a Second. Safety First’ behavioral safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about key causes of accidents.

Even though the installations and high-technology equipment are by design increasingly safe, health and safety management systems and procedures are applied. UCB’s health and safety strategy promotes ‘safe behavior’ as a third pillar. At Bulle and Slough sites, the systems are 0HSAS18001 certified. A visible and highly appreciated initiative was ‘Safety Week’, organized by Technical Operations at the Braine-l’Alleud site. More than 700 colleagues attended a variety of workshops aimed at reflecting on safe working conditions, practices and behaviors.