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. 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.
In the United States, 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 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.
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.
Lexmark has corrective and preventive action teams that work with personnel from the department or area where nonconformities occur to address nonconformities, monitor and report on progress and determine whether actions are completed. Internal audit teams evaluate the function and effectiveness of actions taken to address nonconformities in the Health and Safety Management System.
All employees and contractors with jobs that require health and safety training are offered online, instructor-led, and on-the-job health and safety training annually, and are encouraged to report concerns about health and safety issues. Training requirements are determined by health and safety program managers, as well as employees' direct managers, and are based on job requirements, equipment and materials usage, regulations and other factors. The safety performance of subcontractors is reviewed during initial contract discussions. Subcontractors must have proof that their employees are properly trained and aware of all health and safety aspects of the jobs that they will perform on behalf of Lexmark. Compliance and safety teams conduct inspections on a regular basis. To ensure that action items are tracked and completed in a timely fashion, they document their findings in the 14001/18001 corrective and preventive action system (or similar tool). Follow-up inspections verify completion and effectiveness of the actions taken. Best practices are then implemented in other areas or sites.
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Each Lexmark manufacturing and development facility is required to maintain an emergency preparedness plan as well as an emergency response team. Lexmark complies with applicable local, state and federal regulations for recording and reporting workplace accident statistics. Lexmark continually works toward the goal of an injury-free workplace. The 2016 global Lexmark Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportable injury rate was 0.22 injuries per 100 full-time employees, which is significantly lower than the industry average of 1.0. Types of injuries reported most frequently include sprains, strains and lacerations. (Minor injuries are excluded from injury rate data.) The annual lost workday rate was 3.41 lost workdays per 100 full-time employees. In calculating lost days, “days” means scheduled workdays and the lost day count begins the day after the accident. Lexmark has not had any reported occupational diseases or work-related fatalities, and no workers involved in occupational activities have a high incidence or high risk of specific diseases.
Lexmark does not maintain injury information, injury rate, occupational disease rate, lost day rate, absentee rate or work-related fatality information for independent contractors working on site.
Lexmark’s 2016 OSHA reportable injury rate was
0.22 injuries per 100
full-time employees, which is significantly lower than the industry average of 1.0.
The annual lost workday rate was
3.41 lost workdays
per 100 full-time employees.