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Safety

Tate & Lyle has no priority higher than safety, which we believe is fundamental to running a successful business. This means ensuring safe and healthy conditions for everyone at our sites: employees, contractors and visitors. By reporting, recognising and rewarding safety performance, we aim to ensure that all our operations focus on continuous improvement.

Overview

Group safety index

Group safety index

The smaller the index, the better the performance.

Our target is zero for every Tate & Lyle operation.

Overall, our employee safety performance showed good progress in 2008, particularly in reducing the severity rate. During another year of heavy construction activity, we were pleased that our overall contractor safety index also improved significantly, although our lost-time and recordable injury rates for contractors both worsened.

Employee safety results for calendar year 2008

Most locations equalled or improved on their 2007 performance, including 20 that reported no lost-time accidents and 10 that reported no recordable injuries for the year. Overall, we were pleased that our results improved considerably compared with calendar year 2007 with all our measures showing an improved performance other than the lost-time accident rate which worsened slightly.

  • Group safety index (weighted average of injuries sustained in the workplace across Tate & Lyle, with more severe incidents having greater impact) improved by 44.2%;
  • Recordable injury rate (injury requiring treatment beyond first aid) improved by 6.6%;
  • Lost-time accident rate (recordable injury sufficiently severe to result in lost work days or to restrict the employee’s ability to perform his/her job) worsened by 4.6%; and
  • Severity rate (number of work days lost due to injuries per 200,000 employee hours) improved by 63.4%.

Benchmarking results

The USA and Europe compile safety statistics differently and therefore comparisons are difficult. However, we can compare the performance of each of our divisions with results from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent results available from the Bureau are from 2007 with the exception of the US corn refiners whose results are from 2008. Again this year, our divisions are outperforming the average reported standard for their peers in their respective sectors and in the US private sector as a whole.

Benchmark safety

recordable injury rate1

Benchmark safety

A US food manufacturing
B US grain milling
C US corn refiners
D US sugar industry

Tate & Lyle
E Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas
F Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe
G Sugars
H Sucralose

1 Number of injuries per 200,000 employee hours requiring more than first aid

US industry statistics as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Benchmarking safety

lost-time accident rate2

Benchmarking safety

A US food manufacturing
B US grain milling
C US corn refiners
D US sugar industry

Tate & Lyle
E Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas
F Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe
G Sugars
H Sucralose

2 Rate of accidents sufficiently serious to result in lost workdays or restricted work activities

US industry statistics as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Contractor safety results for calendar year 2008


Contractor safety index

Contractor safety index

A Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas
B Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe
D Sugars
C Sucralose

During another year of heavy construction activity, we made significant efforts to improve our contractor safety performance. Overall our contractor safety index rates improved significantly, with all divisions reporting improvements on the previous year. In particular, the severity rate improved considerably, although both our lost-time accident and recordable injury rates worsened this year. We are pleased, however, that our contractor safety statistics continue to compare favourably with those reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Compared with the 2007 calendar year results:

  • Contractor safety index improved by 28.6%;
  • Recordable injury rate worsened by 14.9%;
  • Lost-time accident rate worsened by 37.6%; and
  • Severity rate improved by 44.2%.

Benchmarking results

Contractor safety continues to compare well with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007 (the most recent data available). The Bureau reports the overall recordable injury rate per 200,000 employee hours for US contractors to be 5.40 against 1.92 at Tate & Lyle, and the overall lost-time accident rate to be 2.80 against our 0.76.

Benchmarking contractor safety

recordable injury rate1

Benchmarking contractor safety

1 Number of injuries per 200,000 employee hours requiring more than first aid

US industry statistics as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Benchmarking contractor safety

lost-time accident rate2

Benchmarking contractor safety

2 Rate of accidents sufficiently serious to result in lost workdays or restricted work activities

US industry statistics as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Managing safety

Maintaining a consistently safe and healthy workplace for our people requires effective, proactive management. We operate network safety committees in the Americas and Europe that share knowledge and experience between plants with the aim of ensuring consistently high standards of safety across Tate & Lyle. The core elements of our approach to safety are:

  • emphasis on the importance of behaviour by encouraging a culture of safety at all locations;
  • improving communications and sharing best practice throughout the Group;
  • the auditing of safety and loss control programmes; and
  • the active involvement of senior executives in auditing and promoting safety.

Projects and activities

The driving force behind our performance continues to be our emphasis on behaviour, networking and sharing best practice, auditing and the active involvement of senior management to promote and audit safety programmes. Our network safety committees focused on a number of activities this year, including:

  • Group-wide training and behavioural auditing;
  • continuing to develop policies and procedures; and
  • recognising and rewarding outstanding safety performance through award schemes and by marking significant milestones, both for employees and contractors.

Awards

To qualify for entry to our ‘World Class Safety Excellence’ awards programme, plants must:

  • operate the entire year without lost time;
  • have active employee participation in their safety programme;
  • have an active auditing programme; and
  • demonstrate adherence to Tate & Lyle’s standards during executive, management and network audits.

2008 winners were:

  • Large plant (over 250,000 employee hours per year): Amylum Nisasta (Turkey)
  • Small plant (fewer than 250,000 employee hours per year): Dayton, Ohio (US)
  • Most improved safety performance
  • Europe: Amylum Nisasta (Turkey)
  • Americas: Jurong Island (Singapore, part of Sucralose division).

Outlook

We will concentrate on developing global safety policies and procedures that can be easily shared and referenced by all Tate & Lyle sites, and also audited consistently. We will also review our benchmarking and accident reporting procedures to ensure that accurate data and comparisons can continue to be made across our business units and to related outside industries. Contractor safety training and physical and behavioural auditing will continue to be key activities at our sites.

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Safety