The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority in everything we do.
In December 2015 an H&S Climate Survey took place for the first time at Coats, in Turkey. The survey was then rolled out to the rest of the organisation during 2016. In total, 47 units participated across 30 countries worldwide.
The aim of the Coats H&S Climate Survey was to review the organisation’s existing level of safety culture, identify perception gaps, determine positive and negative aspects of our current arrangements and help identify opportunities for improving how we work.
The Coats survey was based on the UK Health & Safety Laboratories (HSL) Safety Climate Tool* and investigated safety culture across 47 Coats Units, including manufacturing sites, warehouses and offices.
The 40 question survey covered 8 different topics:
2.Health and safety oriented behaviours
3: Health and safety trust
4: Usability of procedures
5: Engagement in health and safety
6: Peer group attitude
7: Resources for health and safety
8: Accident and near miss reporting
Coats’ global average ’Safety Climate Score’ came out higher than the HSL’s all industry average scores across all 8 categories. Individually, 57 % of the 47 Coats units achieved a score higher than HSL’s average.
The Climate Survey results were communicated to all employees and small facilitated focus group sessions were held to agree actions that should be taken in response to the feedback, including how to balance a culture of H&S with production outputs.
We intend to repeat the survey again in 2018.