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. The Group goal is:

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.

IMPLEMENTATON: The number of occupational accidents leading to lost work time of more than one day showed a year-on-year decrease of approximately 10%. In the year under review, 9.7 occupational accidents per 1,000 employees were recorded (previous year1: 10.8). In 2015, injuries caused absences of an average of 22 days (previous year: 17). This figure was strongly influenced by longer absences due to injuries to the locomotor system caused by accidents while walking.

Sika will continue to improve safety constantly in 2016: In the United States, a comprehensive safety strategy is being developed under the name Sika Safe. Plant employees are taking the initiative by forming teams to deal with the previously identified key risks. Work hours and a budget have been allocated to allow them to work on improving their work environment. The aim is to get the vast majority of the workforce involved and participating in solving problems. Thanks to a safety initiative, the Sika plant in Cerano registered no accidents in 2014 and 2015. This result was achieved by instilling awareness, and personal responsibility, training staff at all levels, and conducting regular risk analyses and audits.