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Health and Safety

We are committed to behaving responsibly. The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority.


There is nothing that we do that cannot be done safely!

At Coats we care about the safety of our employees and providing a safe and healthy working environment is our number one priority.

We ask everyone to contribute to our safety culture by taking care of themselves and looking out for those around them.  They do this by reporting  problems, hazards or unsafe conditions immediately so that they can be resolved, preventing the risk of injury.

By reporting injuries, near misses and unsafe acts, we can learn from them and stop them happening again.

Health and Safety

We use the USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting methodology globally, which produces an index of all reportable health and safety incidents per hundred Full Time Employees (FTEs). 

During 2015, our global accident rate was 0.29 reportable incidents per 100 FTEs (compared to 0.33 in 2014).  This is well below the latest OSHA average of 3.2 for US textile mills and has been dropping steadily since 2011.  We are also pleased that our recordable accident rates are 70% lower than the UK average data for the manufacture of textiles, as reported by the Health and Safety Executive for 2014/15.

However, there is always more we can do and we aim to reduce our accident levels still further in the coming years.  

Read more about our Health and Safety in the case studies below:

The well-being of our employees is very important to us, and not only during working hours. Traffic accidents are a major cause of injury, disability, death, and vehicle and property damage.

They also generate financial costs for the individuals involved and society as a whole. Coats Indonesia has been improving employee road safety through its Behaviour Based Safety Programme.

The programme covers the risks associated with walking, cycling, driving and taking public transport. For example, an initial assessment of employees’ motorcycles found that 24% of them had safety issues (due to faulty lamps, brakes, etc) – so something had to be done.

Under the programme, employees have received training on how to cycle and drive safely, how to make sure that their vehicles meet proper safety standards, how to cross roads safely, and how to understand traffic signs.

Coats Indonesia has also helped improve the local infrastructure near the factory, introducing zebra crossings, speed bumps, better lighting, and safety signs for pedestrians. Employee road safety awareness has improved thanks to the training, and we’ve also helped make the surrounding communities safer.

We look forward to continuing the project in future years, for our employees’ benefit, for the Company’s benefit, and for the benefit of the local communities.

Our Hendersonville plant in North Carolina, USA, has a very good safety record (from 2009 it had a three year period with only one recordable injury). 

A fantastic example of our safety culture and teams taking their safety seriously is this team’s development of Behaviour Based Safety Coaching.

This sees colleagues working in pairs.  One takes the role of coach and observes their colleague while they work taking notes against a check list of safe behaviours.  The observations are then discussed. 

Through the discussions the team can ensure they are picking up opportunities to continuously improve the safety of their processes.


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