Health & Safety
The health and safety of our employees is a priority for Lexmark. In order to offer workplaces that are free from unsafe equipment, situations and practices, we monitor facilities for safety issues on an ongoing basis.
OHSAS 18001 is an international standard providing requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. Lexmark's 18001 management systems provide a framework for controlling occupational health and safety risks and improving health and safety performance. All Lexmark-owned and -leased manufacturing facilities in Boulder, Colorado; Cebu, Philippines; Lexington, Kentucky; and Juárez, Mexico, are OHSAS 18001 certified, as is the Shenzhen Asian Customization Center facility. A 2017 goal for the Lexington, Kentucky facility is to transition its OHSAS 18001 certification to the ISO 45001:2016 standard. To ensure that our facilities are ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified, Lexmark pays as much as $17,000 annually per facility for fees related to certification. Lexmark has not incurred any fines related to environmental health and safety non-compliance in the last five years.
Lexmark employees are involved in setting the objectives for our health and safety management systems. The effectiveness of the Lexmark Safety Program is measured by completion of OHSAS 18001 objectives and targets as well as internal audits and senior management reviews. These audits and reviews are conducted in conjunction with the conformance audits required as part of OHSAS recertification. We use the findings to improve our internal processes and to promote best practices across our operations.
All Lexmark facilities are guided by our corporate environmental health and safety instructions, which define the essential programs that each facility must manage in order to meet the objectives of our environmental health and safety policy. At Lexmark, it is mandatory to develop written programs that ensure legal and regulatory compliance as well as address environmental- and safety-critical processes. Any changes to environmental health and safety procedures are communicated to all applicable employees through bulletin boards, corporate intranet postings, electronic communications, handbooks and meetings with managers.
Lexmark employees are not represented by trade unions; therefore, no formal work agreements address health and safety. Instead, Lexmark has established health and safety committees at the facility level. The members of these committees represent the interests of all workers. The percentage of employees participating in Lexmark health and safety committees is 5%. The following committees are integral to the operation of the health and safety management systems at each facility, monitoring programs, advising on improvements and collecting employee feedback.