Health and safety
We understand our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our employees and the environment in which we operate. We conduct regular risk assessments, audits and training, and we fully comply with the requirements of local legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. Biocompatibles, Inc. have an NRC Radiation Licence, and employees involved in the receipt, processing and distribution of radioactive sealed sources have access to the Biocompatibles, Inc. Radiation Safety Manual and receive annual radiation safety training.
Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Committees meet regularly at each of our manufacturing sites, and we regularly remind employees of their obligation to report any incidents to ensure that measures can be taken for improvement. We maintain strong local relationships with Government Health and Safety bodies.
We publish the annual Health and Safety incidence rates for our manufacturing sites and the Group has an excellent safety record.
Managing our resources is an essential part of our commitment to becoming more sustainable as a business. As a growing business, we do expect our resource usage to increase in absolute terms, hence our approach is to control growth through various initiatives.
We operate a global environmental management system and have applied the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
We measure water consumption at four of our production sites and implement water saving measures wherever possible to aid efficiency. In Australia where water is a particularly valuable resource, we collect rain water in storage tanks, and we regularly review if there is a need to increase our water storage facilities.
We aim to operate our business sustainably to help manage finite resources. We recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and metal at each of our sites and encourage the use of local materials, suppliers and contractors wherever possible and cost effective. We measure waste produced from all of our production sites. As production has increased over the last year our total waste has increased.
We regularly assess the environmental impact of our business to ensure that we're taking advantage of all opportunities to improve our performance and efficiency. We operate an international supply chain for the manufacture of our products and we aim to transport in bulk where possible and use the most efficient transportation to save money and reduce our carbon emissions.
We monitor electricity and gas consumption at manufacturing sites and offices which employ more than 20 people, and we try to reduce our carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency wherever possible.
We also participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international, not-for-profit organization which provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.
Our Annual Report and Accounts 2013 includes a summary of all our 2012-13 activities, together with our latest data to help us understand and manage our various community and environmental impacts.
Our CSR data sheet includes a summary of all our CSR data collected over the last two years.
We're building our local community relations, especially in some of the remote communities where we operate.