Health and safety

We’re committed to the health, safety and welfare of all employees and managed staff within the workplace. We achieve this by ensuring our facilities and people comply with applicable Health and Safety legal requirements, implementing continual improvements to our health and safety control arrangements and setting proactive leading targets for a healthier and safer workplace.


84% of those working in Supply facilities to make at least 1 documented safety action per month

33% reduction in total recordable accident rates vs 2013

91% Reduction in Lost Work Day accidents since 2001

Safety goals

We are committed to achieving:

  • Zero fatalities and serious accidents
  • Continued reduction in accident rates
  • 100% of manufacturing sites with certified EHS management systems


We strive to create a safe work environment in which employee safety is put first wherever people work, from our research facilities through to manufacturing sites, warehouses and commercial offices.

Every location operates a health & safety management system that adheres to the Company’s occupational health & safety policy, global standards, code of business conduct and other specific guidance.

The importance of these standards is recognised by our senior management team and forms an integral part of our culture and RB’s responsibility value.

This has helped us develop best practice and make significant progress in Health and Safety since 2002.

Global initiatives include:

  • New team in place to assure ourselves that we have the right health and safety practices across the business. The team acts as auditors, trainers and advisors to all our operations.

  • Audit compliance programme in place, including self-assessment, site visits, assurance of improvement actions to drive further health and safety improvements in the coming year.

  • Safety culture assessments started to build an understanding of how colleagues perceive and engage health & safety when at work.

  • Enhancements to global standards and practices across the entire organisation.

  • Behavioural safety programme targeting key accident trends.

  • Site-led annual safety weeks, including safety outside the workplace and effect of accidents on families.

Maintaining and enhancing our global safety training programme

In 2017 RB continued to develop safety training programs with 25,036 employees involved. For 2018, we have set targets on increasing the amount of safety training each employee receives. We are planning a range of initiatives to further develop our training programme these include enhancing our training packages for RB standards, training through safety day initiatives, global eLearning on Health & Safety for all employees, establishing RB H&S safety golden rules and an innovate safety game concept.

Looking forward

To highlight our commitment to health & safety, we continue to strengthen capacity and expertise of our health & safety teams to cater for our targeted ambition to continuously improve our internal knowledge, decision making and appropriate external benchmarking.

We continue to embed heightened EH&S culture through rigorous auditing, support and training.

Continue to drive improvements in health and safety, including rolling out a health and safety
culture survey to all sites.

Continue with programme of global standards to provide clarity on expectations on areas of greatest risk across all manufacturing, warehouses, R&D facilities and commercial offices.