Safety remains a top priority for the Group’s management and employees. Continuously and durably improving the health and safety in the workplace of its employees and subcontractors is one of Air Liquide’s major challenges, in each region, in each entity.
Objective: zero accidents
Successful integration: Airgas lost-time accident frequency rate in line with the rest of the Air Liquide Group at 1.6.
Frequency of accidents(a)
In 2017, the Group’s frequency rate is in line with previous years with no fatal accidents within the Group, at our subcontractors or among temporary workers.
Safety at Airgas
The number of accidents at Airgas has decreased significantly since its acquisition by Air Liquide. This is due to the organization’s strong will which provided leadership to all managers in terms of safety. A new safety management program, which is now led by a central team, has enabled the introduction of safety action plans that are in line with Group recommendations and which focus on harmonizing and improving practices:
for example, an initiative was introduced to identify and manage industrial risks;
the use of risk analysis and change management was stepped up;