2017: A year of EHS improvements

The annual overview for safety, injuries and occupational disease for 2017 shows us that focused and dedicated work pays off.

In 2017 the total recordable injury rate for Elkem’s employees decreased from 5.1 (2016) to 4.5 injuries per million working hours. This includes both injuries with lost working days (H1) and other injuries that required medical treatment and/or restricted work (H2).

Regionally, 71 per cent of all recordable injuries were at European plants while the remaining were in Asia (11 per cent), the Americas (14 per cent) and Africa (4 per cent).

Contractor safety

Contractors deliver services for many kinds at Elkem’s plants and are often an integrated part of the plants’ daily operations. Our contractors are subject to the same high EHS requirements as Elkem’s own employees. The total recordable injury rate for contractors was 8 (per million working hours) in 2017. This is higher than for our own employees, but a substantial improvement from 2016 (18) resulting from higher focus on contractor follow-up.

Injury severity

90 per cent of all recordable injures (both own employees and contractors) were registered as low severity in 2017. In addition, there were 3 injuries with medium severity and 1 with high severity. There were no fatalities in 2017.

Absentee rate

The absenteeism rate for 2017 was 3.5 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent in 2016. Absenteeism is higher in Norway and European countries (4-8 per cent) than in other countries where Elkem operates (1-3 per cent). The differences are probably related to the European welfare systems with benefits during sick leave.

More attention to gender

Elkem does not categorise injuries, occupational disease rate or absenteeism by gender. However, we aim to collect such data from 2018. At group level females only represent 7 per cent out of the total blue-collar workforce.