The Group is committed to the highest standards of health and safety as part of the Spectris Business System, and we strive every day to maintain a positive safety culture across our business. We adhere to all laws and regulations governing safe working and, in many cases, our internal standards go above the requirements of the law.
We monitor and record safety observations as a leading indicator of health and safety risk at a site level and by business and we hold our businesses accountable for improving their leading indicator performance to drive down our incident rate.
Our main lagging indicator is Incident Recordable Rate which we record for both employees and contractors. This indicator measures the number of OSHA recordable injuries per 100 full-time workers during a one-year period – A recordable injury is defined as any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job or any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
The Spectris Health and Safety Committee provides a Group-wide community for the consideration of ongoing safety best practice with representatives from each operating company. The Committee meets every 6 weeks to discuss key themes, policies and challenges that have arisen and considers whether these are best managed at a Group or local level.
During 2021, the committee led a recommendation to develop consistent safety metrics across the Group which will follow the reporting standards set by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration ('OSHA'). As part of developing a consistent set of metrics, we have also began implementing the Benchmark Safety Management Software System which be available to all employees across the group and will enable us to streamline our processes, increase safety compliance, mitigate safety observations and incidents, and implement on-site corrective and actions to improve our combined workplace Health & Safety. The Benchmark platform will be implemented during 2022.
Total recordable incident rate
We monitor our performance through our total recordable incident rate (‘TRIR’) key performance indicator, a standardised safety calculation defined by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (‘OSHA’) which measures a company’s safety performance.