We recognise the necessity of safeguarding the health and safety of our own employees whilst at work and operate so as to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees, visitors and the public. Our policy is to manage our activities to avoid causing any unnecessary or unacceptable risks to health and safety and the environment.
We also recognise the need to address environmental issues that affect our Group businesses. We can improve on our own environmental performance and so resources are now being deployed to actively reduce waste and ultimately reduce our own carbon footprint.
Our corporate responsibility journey has begun – we currently have health and safety policies in place and we are developing environmental policies. The Chairman has overall responsibility for the development and monitoring of the Group’s policies related to Corporate Responsibility. The task of ensuring these policies are communicated and applied at a Business Unit level is delegated through the Managing Directors to each Business Unit.
It is intended that the policies and associated management systems are reviewed regularly and at any time when significant changes in the business, legislation or industry standards demand. Each Business Unit is also responsible for ensuring that, as a minimum, it meets local statutory requirements and is encouraged to work towards identified best practice within the Group.
All employees are expected to take personal responsibility for their conduct and we recognise the need to create a culture and behavioural environment within the Group to facilitate the successful implementation of the Group’s policies.
Key performance indicators (“KPIs”), that reflect the importance the Group places on corporate responsibility and to enable the Board to monitor the Group’s progress in meeting its objectives, are under Board review and if not already, will become part of regular reporting.
Health and Safety Approach
We endeavour to set the highest practical Health and Safety standards; as a minimum each Business Unit will always comply fully with its local statutory obligations and all employees are trained to recognise that the health and safety of themselves and others is their first priority.
All Business Units have a Health and Safety committee which meet regularly to discuss Health and Safety topics and concerns, make recommendations and implement and monitor any improvements or initiatives. Health and Safety issues and key measurements are also routinely reviewed and discussed at management meetings.
Current Health and Safety KPIs
- Number of days lost due to work related illnesses and workplace injuries
- Number of reportable accidents (RIDDOR) per month
- Number of self-reported injuries per month
- Number of near misses or dangerous occurrences per month
Health and Safety policy statement
Plastics Capital is committed to leading the industry in Health and Safety standards.
The key points of our Health and Safety strategy to achieve this are:
- Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our operations
- Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment
- Consult regularly with our employees on matters affecting health and safety
- Ensure safe handling and use of substances
- Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees
- Ensure all employees are competent to do their job and to provide adequate training
- Maintain safe and healthy working conditions
- Prevent accidents and keep any work related ill-health to a minimum.
We are committed to identifying and assessing the risks of pollution and other forms of environmental impairment actively seeking to reduce the impact on the environment to the lowest practical level.
Minimisation of manufacturing waste and the maximisation of energy efficiency are both recognised as beneficial to the Group from an environmental as well as a commercial viewpoint.
Waste minimisation is driven and managed at the Business Unit level. All manufacturing operations monitor their waste and all Business Units comply with local environment legislation. General waste management programmes and initiatives are encouraged and the recycling of materials takes place where practical, either internally or through external programmes with suppliers or other third parties.
Environmental policy statement
Plastics Capital is committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.
The key points of our Environmental strategy to achieve this are:
- Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible
- Minimise emissions through the selection and use of its supplies and the source of its power requirement
- Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers
- Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution
- Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company
- Use an accredited program to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our activities.