The health, safety, and well-being of all Sika employees are essential to the success of the company’s business and are core concerns throughout the organization. This requires focus and a systematic approach: occupational standards, management commitment, employee involvement, work site and risk analysis, hazard recognition and resolution, training and education are key components of Sika’s health and safety framework. A culture of safety and a healthy work environment are at the center of everything the company does.

Sika has the ambitious goal of every employee leaving the workplace healthy.

Target — 5% fewer accidents per year:

This refers to the number of work-related accidents leading to injuries, covering all Sika employees, including temporary and subcontracted staff, at the company’s operating companies and units, both industrial and nonindustrial sites. Construction projects are not factored in. In 2016, this target has not been achieved.

Implementation:

The number of occupational accidents leading to lost work time of more than one day showed a year-onyear decrease of 2.7%. In the year under review, 9.5 occupational accidents per 1,000 employees were recorded (previous year: 9.7). In 2016, injuries again caused absences of an average of around 22 days (previous year: 22). This figure was strongly in fluenced by longer absences due to injuries to the locomotor system caused by accidents while walking. Sika will continue to make constant improvements to safety in 2017, placing greater emphasis on employee participation.

In the United States, a comprehensive safety concept launched under the name “Sika Safe” led to a significant reduction in accident numbers in 2016.

At many Sika facilities, mixing operations are carried out in vessels on mezzanine levels. Solid or liquid materials have to be loaded onto the platform which means that mezzanine rails have to be opened. Sika subsidiaries like Sika Hong Kong, Sika Indonesia and Sika Austria increased safety by installing different types of safety gates in their production facilities. This solution eliminates a major hazard on platforms: falling from heights.

Sika Everbuild, United Kingdom, implemented a tank farm improvement project to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and uncontrolled reactions on delivery. This program includes the labeling of tanks, the fitting of locked caps, a new static discharge system with alarm, new dust control equipment, a new drain protection system when offloading, and the treatment and painting of silos to reduce corrosion.

Project case studies from around the globe detailing how Sika was able to reduce occupational accidents and days lost at the plants can be found at www.sika.com/sustainability.