Long-term target: Gränges’ 2025 target is that Total Recordable Rate (TRR) is < 3.0 recordable accidents per million hours worked and that Severity Rate is < 50 lost workdays per million hours worked.
Comment: In 2020, Total Recordable Rate (TRR) was 5.5 (4.4). Despite the increase versus 2019, this was the second best performance since 2013. Severity Rate improved by 23 per cent to 109 (142) as the accidents had less serious consequences and led to fewer lost workdays. During 2020, there were 20 recordable workplace accidents (17), of which hand and finger injuries represented half of the accidents. Four of these accidents (three) were defined as serious, where one contracted worker and three employees were injured. Two of the serious accidents were caused by the “critical-five” hazard categories, in this case molten metal as well as machine guarding – lockout and tagout.
Reporting principles and definitions: All incidents and accidents are registered and categorized in local incident reporting systems. Events reported are tracked weekly and monthly. Data is reported at regional level and consolidated monthly at group level using common definitions and principles. Data includes contracted workers and is based on total working hours 1 January–31 December. Data for employees covered by OHS management systems and internal safety assessments is based on headcount on 31 December. All numbers exclude Gränges Konin and Gränges Powder Metallurgy.
Contracted worker is defined as individuals working onsite or offsite on behalf of Gränges.
Recordable accident is defined as medical treatment cases, restricted work cases and lost workday cases.
Total Recordable Rate (TRR) is defined as total number of recordable accidents per million hours worked.
Lost workday cases are defined as number of recordable accidents resulting in absence from work.
Lost workdays are defined as the sum of workdays by employees being absent from work due to a recordable accident.
Severity Rate is defined as total number of lost workdays per million hours worked.
Serious injury is defined as an irreversible injury such as an amputated finger or lost eyesight, or a reversible injury causing prolonged periods of pain or suffering for the employee, or an accident with an absence longer than 15 days.
Governance and policies: The topic is managed by SVP Process Engineering & Operational Development and regional safety representatives. The governing policy is Gränges’ EHS Policy, which is reviewed annually and applies to all employees and individuals who are directly or indirectly related to Gränges’ operations, such as independent contractors and consultants who work on behalf of Gränges. Contracted workers are covered by all safety processes, and where applicable in the efforts to identify and evaluate work related hazards and risks. Moreover, contracted workers are covered by Gränges’ safety training, depending on the type of tasks.
OHS management systems: All Gränges’ production sites, covering 98 per cent of Gränges’ total employees in 2020, has an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system in place, implemented in line with applicable legislation. The OHS management system also covers contracted workers. In the Shanghai site, the OHS system is certified in accordance with OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001 from 2021), covering 29 per cent of all Gränges’ employees. The sites in Americas and Finspång have initiated pre-studies to implement OHS management systems in accordance with ISO 45001.
Internal safety assessments: Gränges generally conducts cross assessments every six months at the sites. Due to the COVID-19 situation in 2020, only one assessment was conducted at the Finspång site, covering in total 25 per cent of total employees. The remaining sites were assessed in 2018–2019.
Safety committees: Gränges has employee-managed safety committees at all plants which consult on the working environment and work for increased safety. Issues addressed include occupational health care, identifying and evaluating hazards, as well as follow-up of corrective actions to eliminate risks. The efficiency of the committees is monitored by the Supervisory safety committees, headed by the regional Presidents. Contracted workers are not represented in the safety committees. In the operations in Americas, each plant has an employee-managed safety committee supported by local management. Input and questions from contracted workers is captured in recurrent meetings. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no safety committee meetings was conducted in Americas in 2020. In the operations in Asia, safety committee meetings are conducted quarterly. In Finspång, safety committee meetings are held two to four times per year. Contracted workers do not participate in the meetings but are treated in the same way as Gränges’ employees when it comes to OHS.