Social Responsibility

Occupational Health & Safety

At Univar we are Serious about Safety. Univar is committed to clear and visible leadership to make health, safety, security and environmental issues at the foundation in our planning for all existing and new operations, products, processes and facilities. It is our responsibility to provide safe working conditions, protect the environment and challenge ourselves to continually improve in all aspects of Environment, Health and & Safety (EH&S).

Warehouse Supervisor talking to Employee

Univar sites and facilities have joint management-worker Health and Safety Committees as appropriate for the scale of individual sites. Our committees are just one of many reasons why our safety culture is truly embedded into our global operations. Vital initiatives that have led to gradual improvements in global safety metrics during the last 11 years include:

  • Accident prevention work
  • Process and facility controls
  • Mandatory general and role specific safety training
  • Environment, Health and Safety audits
  • Incident investigation and improvement measures.
  • Significant investment in health and safety action and programs totaling more than $11 million globally in 2016.

In recognition for this unwavering commitment to safety, Univar’s ChemCare™ waste management achieved the highest certification awarded by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for mobile workforces in 2016 for our site in Houston, Texas, USA.

2016 was a record year for safety at Univar!

Univar tracks worker injuries using the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standardized methodology of Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR), which is the rate of recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked. In 2016, this fell to a record low of 0.68. Our long-term commitment to improving worker safety is illustrated below:

Chart for Total Case Incident Rate

In support of our continuous improvement ethos, we use injury causation data to inform and focus our prevention efforts. Causation data for all 2016 is shown below.

Chart for Injury Causation Data