Health and Safety

Philips strives for an injury-free and illness-free work environment, with a sharp focus on decreasing the number of injuries and process improvements. This is defined as a KPI, on which we set yearly targets for the company and our individual sectors.

We regret to report three fatalities in 2013, all involving contractors. In Pakistan and Colombia, two contractors died while working on a Lighting project. In Poland a contractor died while working on a reconstruction at one of our factories.

In 2013, we recorded 307 Lost Workday Injuries cases, i.e. occupational injury cases where the injured person is unable to work one or more days after the injury, a significant decrease compared with 345 in 2012. The number of Lost Workdays caused by these injuries amounted to 9,603 days down from 12,630 days in 2012. The rate of Lost Workday Injuries decreased to 0.28 per 100 FTEs compared with 0.31 in 2012.

Lost Workday Injuries
per 100 FTEs
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Healthcare
0.20
0.25
0.20
0.22
0.19
Consumer Lifestyle
0.26
0.26
0.23
0.25
0.24
Lighting
0.76
0.80
0.64
0.45
0.41
Innovation, Group & Services
0.07
0.13
0.04
0.05
0.04
Philips Group
0.44
0.50
0.38
0.31
0.28

All sectors showed a decrease in the Lost Workday Injury rate. At Lighting, a dedicated action program, “Safety First”, was launched five years ago to drive down injury levels. In 2012, various regional Health & Safety improvement programs and peer audit programs were started and further expanded in 2013. Since 2010, Lighting achieved a strong decline in reported accident rates mainly attributed to active management involvement, launch of a new policy on machine safety improvements and further strengthening of management systems at major sites implementing the “Safety First” program. Lighting initiated a work stream to address Health & Safety management in Turnkey projects, headed by the Lighting market leaders. In efforts to further reduce injury rates, Lighting will also roll-out a Behavior Based Safety program in 2014.

The Health & Safety performance of Healthcare improved significantly in 2013. The Lost Workday Cases (LWC) decreased from 80 to 70 while the LWC Rate decreased from 0.22 to 0.19 compared to 2012 figures.

Healthcare targeted Health & Safety performance improvement actions within their Field Service Organization (FSO) to include organizational ownership and program management among other items. The FSO overall impact on the Sector Health & Safety performance decreased in 2013 compared to 2012. FSO Lost Workday Cases decreased from 46% to 38% of the Sector total while the number of Lost Workdays decreased from 49% to 38% of the Sector total compared to 2012. While the total number of Lost Workday Cases decreased in 2013, the number of Lost Workdays increased primarily due to isolated incidents with extended healing times.
 
Consumer Lifestyle continued to have low injury case levels. A new governance structure was launched in the Consumer Lifestyle organization to embed Health & Safety performance review and ownership in the businesses. The acquisitions Preethi and Povos started reporting their performance in 2013.

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