Health & Safety

This extract from the Halma plc 2016 Annual Report & Accounts has not been updated since publication in June 2016.


Halma companies are involved in the manufacture of a wide range of products that protect and improve the quality of life for people worldwide. Therefore, safety is critical to the Group and is a major priority for management and to demonstrate the Group’s added emphasis on health and safety. The Board has endorsed the inclusion of the Group’s Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) as one of our non-financial KPIs (see below).

The Group manages its activities to avoid causing any unnecessary or unacceptable risks to the health and safety of our employees in the workplace or to the public as a result of our activities. Health and safety performance is closely monitored to ensure that adequate processes, procedures and reporting are in place, and operating, to ensure a safe working environment for our employees and visitors to our sites.

Halma has an excellent health and safety record and a culture of safety is deeply embedded within the Group. Health and safety performance is regularly reviewed at multiple levels within the Group – at subsidiary board level, at sector level and by the Halma Board. Each Group company is required to have an independent health and safety review carried out every three years, with a view to ensuring a consistent approach in the quality of reporting, adherence to internal processes and procedures, adequate reporting and investigation and to promote further a health and safety culture.

The Health and Safety performance this year improved against last year but remains above our target to match our lowest ever recorded Accident Frequency Rate of 0.09 in 2014. As we strive to have zero accidents in our businesses, we thoroughly review the root cause of any accidents to ensure that we take preventative measures, including further training and education of our employees.

Given the autonomous structure of the Group, operational responsibility for compliance with relevant local health and safety regulations resides with the board of each operating company. The Halma Board sets the tone and minimum standards expected of Group companies, in addition to its role in monitoring health and safety performance.

Kevin Thompson, Group Finance Director, is the director responsible for Halma’s health and safety compliance and he is provided with sufficient information to routinely monitor health and safety performance across the Group.

We are also pleased to report that there were no work-related fatalities in 2015/16 or prior years.

Injuries recorded

  2016 2015 2014 2013
Days lost due to reportable* work-related injuries 464 564 118 382
Total recorded injuries to all employees 342 298 323 320

* Specified major injury incidents and reportable incidents which result in more than three working days lost.

The Group collects details of its worldwide reported Health and Safety incidents.

Health and Safety incidents per 1000 employees

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Major and >3 days 1.7 2.4 1.6 2.8 3.2 6.2 3.3
Minor 57 53 63 62 80 131 58
Involving members of the public 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 0.5

Health and Safety: days lost per incident

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Major and >3 days 43.6 41.4 14.9 27.3 21.1 10.9 7.33
Minor 0.09 0.04 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.04 0.01
Health & Safety (KPI)

Health & Safety (Accident Frequency Rate)





Health & Safety KPI chart 2016

Strategic focus
Safety is critical and a major priority for the Group. Halma collects details of its worldwide reported health and safety incidents and encourages all Group companies to seek continuous improvement in their health and safety records and culture.

KPI definition
The year-to-date Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) is the total number of reportable* incidents in the period divided by the number of hours worked in that period by employees (including temporary staff and any overtime) multiplied by 100,000 hours (representing the estimated number of working hours in an employee’s work lifetime). The AFR figure represents an indication of how many incidents an employee will have in his/her working life.

The Health & Safety AFR performance this year was 0.11 (2015: 0.15) representing an improvement on last year. We continue to review all reported incidents and there are no specific underlying patterns which cause concern.

2017 target
The target is maintained at 0.09 to match the health and safety performance which was achieved in 2014, with a view to ultimately setting a reportable incident target rate of zero.

* Specified major injury incidents and reportable incidents which result in more than three working days lost.