2015 Sustainability Report

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Health and Safety


 

PPG is committed to operating safe and healthful workplaces. 

Our top priority is to ensure our people return home safely each day by:
  • Engaging with them to improve our operating practices around the world;
  • Investing in a safe work environment; and
  • Running our business with sound environmental and health processes.
Our health and safety policy, standards and goals define our expectations, and we implement programs and initiatives to reduce health and safety risks in our operations. Our robust environment, health and safety management system provides tools and resources, tracks performance and gives access to information at a location, across a business and on a global level.

We again achieved our goal of reducing our injury and illness rate by 5 percent per year in 2015. Our rate of 0.31 was 11 percent lower than 2014 and 26 percent below 2012. We also had zero fatalities, marking two years since our last fatal injury in 2013.

In early 2015, we launched Safety 365, a multi-year safety awareness and communications initiative that empowers our people to be safe and speak up if they see something that could be made safer. The program heightens awareness and attention to our ongoing commitment of fostering and maintaining a culture of safety at home and work. Our mobile Safety 365 app, available since November 2015, makes available safety messages and resources wherever and whenever our people may need them.

 

Global Health and Safety Performance
Employees and Supervised Workers

 

Fatalities

PPG Injury and Illness Rate

Total Recordable Incident Rate

Lost Workday Rate

2012

1

0.42

1.78

1.33

2013

1

0.37

1.70

1.15

2014

0

0.35

1.86

1.35

2015

0

0.31

1.41

0.91

A PPG injury and illness (I&I) is defined as an injury or illness that is significant enough that it is unlikely to go unreported, regardless of the reporting culture in the region or site. PPG I&Is include fatalities, fractures, surgeries, hospitalizations, 30 or more days of lost work and other similar criteria. The PPG I&I rate is the number of injuries and illnesses that meet this definition multiplied by 200,000 and divided by the number of work hours. Total recordable incident rate is the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injuries multiplied by 200,000 and divided by the number of work hours. Lost workday rate is the number of injuries and illness that resulted in days away from work or restricted activity multiplied by 200,000 and divided by the number of work hours.

 

2015 Health and Safety Performance by Region
Employees and Supervised Workers

 

Fatalities

PPG Injury and Illness Rate

Total Recordable Incident Rate

Lost Workday Rate

Asia Pacific

0

0.16

0.43

0.27

Europe, Middle East and Africa

0

0.20

1.02

0.79

Latin America

0

0.14

0.42

0.21

North America

0

0.55

2.46

1.51

Global

0

0.31

1.41

0.91

 

2015 Health and Safety Performance
Independent Contractors

 

Number of PPG Injuries and Illnesses

Asia Pacific

0

Europe, Middle East and Africa

1

Latin America

1

North America

7

Global

9

Customer Health and Safety

Our commitment to health and safety extends to our customers.

Our products are not only manufactured safely in our facilities, but also transported, used and disposed of safely by our customers. Safe use and disposal instructions and safety data sheets are available for all products. Our product stewardship and technical experts are also available to provide one-on-one consultation on safe product use and disposal.
 
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