Health and Safety

PPG is committed to operating safe and healthful workplaces.

  • 0fatalities in 2017
  • 0.29injury and illness rate – the lowest in our history and 6.5 percent below our 2016 rate of 0.31

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 operating practices.

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 (EHS) management system provides tools and resources, tracks performance and facilitates access to information at a location, across a business and on a global level.

We had zero fatalities in 2017. Our injury and illness rate of 0.29 was the lowest in our history and 6.5 percent below our 2016 rate of 0.31, exceeding our goal of at least a 5 percent improvement over prior year.

In 2017, we continued our multi-year safety awareness and communications initiative called Safety 365 that empowers our people to be safe and speak up if they see something that could be made safer. We will be launching an updated version of the program in 2018 that is focused on improving our EHS culture. It will be supported with ongoing two-way communication, a monthly safety theme and weekly tips.

Historically, driving accidents are one of our highest injury risks. During 2017, we continued our safe driver training and education programs to ensure our operations in every country have the tools and resources to manage this safety risk.

Strains and sprains are another leading type of injury among our employees. Our focus on ergonomics includes ergonomics training, monthly knowledge sharing and our annual Ergo Cup award competition, which recognizes initiatives that minimize or eliminate ergonomic risks within our operations. In 2017, we again had a record number of award applications and cost savings associated with the safety and efficiency improvements.

We continued the rollout of human performance to our locations globally in 2017. Six additional sites implemented the program, which teaches employees how to predict, prevent and manage errors that could result in injury. The pace of implementation is scheduled to increase in 2018.

A major focus in 2017 was reducing the safety risks of fork trucks following four incidents in a four-week period that resulted in injuries. Because of the serious nature of these accidents, we conducted our first global safety stand-down, where all manufacturing and distribution ceased for safety meetings to identify and address fork truck risks in the work areas. We also tasked each site with assessing how fork trucks are used, mapping their movement within the facility and identifying fork truck and pedestrian interfaces. The goal is to eliminate fork trucks where possible and strengthen safety processes to protect both drivers and pedestrians.

We also asked our locations to assess slip, trip and fall hazards and protective measures within their operations during the year. In support, we launched an employee education program focused on holding the handrail when using stairs. Program elements included pictograms posted in each stairwell, training on recognizing slip, trip and fall hazards, and revisions to our slip, trip and fall requirements.

Global Health and Safety Performance
Employees and Supervised Workers
  Fatalities PPG Injury and Illness Rate Total Recordable Incident Rate Lost Workday Rate Occupational Disease Rate
2013 1 0.37 1.70 1.15  
2014 0 0.35 1.86 1.35  
2015 0 0.31 1.41 0.91  
2016 0 0.31 1.47 0.98 0.07
2017 0 0.29 1.26 0.90 0.05

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. Occupational disease rate is the number of illnesses multiplied by 200,000 and divided by the number of work hours. A new data management system enabled a more comprehensive collection of occupational disease data beginning in 2016.

2017 Health and Safety Performance by Region
Employees and Supervised Workers
  Fatalities PPG Injury and Illness Rate Total Recordable Incident Rate Lost Workday Rate Occupational Disease Rate
Asia Pacific 0 0.11 0.29 0.22 0.01
Europe, Middle East and Africa 0 0.22 0.88 0.62 0.02
Latin America 0 0.15 0.34 1.65 0.00
North America 0 0.47 2.32 0.50 0.10

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.