At Smiths Medical, we believe that to grow and maintain a culture of responsibility, we must behave ethically, work safely, reduce our environmental impact, attract and develop our people and contribute to our communities to create long-term value for our shareholders and our wider stakeholders.
Environment Health and Safety
At Smiths Medical, we care deeply about the safety of our employees and the environment. We are committed to the highest standards of EHS management in meeting our legal and moral obligations both locally, nationally and internationally and manage this aspect of our business with the same diligence that we give to other key objectives. We strongly believe in a process of continuous improvement, the implementation of best practices and the use of internationally recognised EHS management systems.
All manufacting, warehouse and service sites with more than 50 employees are required to be certified to ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 management systems. In meeting this requirement Smiths Medical has a single ‘Group’ certificate with 19 of our 20 major facilities certified. Our new European manufacturing facility is working to be included in the Group certificate.
Read more about our EHS approach, strategy and performance by reading our corporate responsibility brochure.
Health and Safety
Smiths Medical is committed to protecting, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its employees. Our employees recognise this commitment. Workplace safety was the highest scoring dimension in our employee engagement surveys, exceeding the worldwide benchmark for the manufacturing industry.
Since 2004, we have achieved a steady reduction in our Recordable Incident Rate (RIR), and in FY2013 we achieved an RIR of 0.32, beating the target for the year of 0.48.
Our strategy and health and safety program of activities to reduce incidents have focused on leadership and employee safety awareness and involvement. We continue to implement and build on these activities and are monitoring them through our Safety Leading Indicator Activities Programme. Sites are required to complete a minimum number of each of the following activities as part of our focus on health and safety.
- leadership safety training
- leadership site safety tours
- supervisor safety management training
- employee safety accountability training
- employee safety risk assessment, inspection and communication events, and
- near-miss and improvement reporting.
Sites report their scores monthly and are required to achieve annual targets. In FY2013 we revised our targets to increase our focus on safety leading indicator activities designed to further reduce the risk of incidents.
We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through continual improvements in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste generation. This includes using performance-based environmental management systems to drive improvement throughout the business.
Our sites monitor their energy and water usage, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions, identify opportunities for reduction and implement improvement plans. We share action plans, lessons learned and best practices across the sites and with Smiths Group.
Our environmental performance through FY2013 continued to be very favourable compared to our baseline year of FY2010. We achieved significant reductions in all metrics and exceeded our FY2015 goals. In FY2013 we developed our next set of strategic objectives and goals. Our new environmental targets require 15% reductions in energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation and a 10% reduction in water usage by the end of FY2018, all normalised to revenue against a baseline year of FY2013.
Our Code applies to all businesses and employees of Smiths Medical worldwide. Compliance with our Code helps to sustain and enhance the good reputation of the Company and contributes to long term value creation for shareholders. We believe that every employee plays their part in building and strengthening the Company. As an operating Division of Smiths Group, we are fervent supporters of the Smiths Group Code of Ethics found at http://smiths.com/responsibility-code-of-business-ethics.aspx
Policies and Statements
Smiths Medical manufactures products across the globe and respects how each
Country handles its waste management issues. As an international manufacturer, Smiths Medical works diligently to maintain full compliance with all relevant directives. For instance, European countries require compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), the Batteries Directive, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), the EU Packaging Directive and of course the REACH regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals).
For further information on compliance scheme documentation and certificates please contact our customer support team or click on one of the following links:
Conflict Materials Statement
EU RoHS Directive and Non-Electronic Products
EU RoHS Statement
WEEE and Batteries Compliance Scheme
Smiths Medical subscribes to a WEEE Compliance Scheme and provides a recycling program for its customers thoughout Europe. The program enables customers to send ‘end of life’ electronic equipment for recycling to nominated waste recycling facilities. The scheme varies from country to country.
Instructions for customers using Smiths Medical products and Recycling/Treatment facilities wishing to obtain information are provided by following the links below:
Smiths Medical contributes positively to the communities in which we operate. In addition to providing employment opportunities and playing a beneficial role in local economies, we support community involvement through charitable giving, service projects and education initiatives. In addition to local support efforts with various non-profit organizations, Smiths Medical is a global partner of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and in 2013, Smiths Medical was awarded the Red Cross Platinum Award for global support and partnership with the international chapters of the Red Cross. In 2014, Smiths Medical hosted over 75 events for its employees to support the Red Cross around the world. Smiths Medical is also a long-time supporter of the Pan- Mass Challenge with a team of employees biking across the State of Massachusetts (USA) to raise funds to fight cancer. To learn more, see http://smiths.com/community.aspx
We believe in providing our employees with opportunities to develop their talent and to contribute to the business they work in. We support them by investing in their safety, upholding their statutory rights and creating an ethical, supportive environment where colleagues are treated fairly and with respect.
We welcome diversity in our workforce, not only to adhere to our legal obligations but also because we believe that everyone needs to challenge constructively and to contribute ideas from their own perspective to support our business objective.
We believe in and support only fair and ethical hiring and work practices and are compliant with all applicable labor laws and standards. Please see more at http://smiths.com/workplace.aspx
We have well established arrangements in place to encourage and develop employee engagement. To ensure we can monitor progress we periodically conduct ‘My Voice’ surveys. Actions plans are drawn up by focus groups and local champions to developed to address the most siginifcant issues highlighted in the survey.