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Workplace Health and Safety

Our commitment to safe and healthy working conditions is part of Nordson's overall Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability strategy.

Workplace Health and Safety

Overview 

Ensuring all of our employees leave in the same condition as they arrived is the cornerstone of health and safety at Nordson Corporation. Our commitment to safe and healthy working conditions is evident throughout our global operations, as demonstrated by our expansive control systems and constant monitoring.

Nordson Environmental, Health, Safety & Security


In 2017, we launched our updated Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) system, which specifies the processes that protect and promote the health and safety of employees, customers and others affected by the Company’s business activities across operations. Our system aligns with the frameworks of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and includes policies, procedures, work instructions and audit details concerning facility safety. Through our EHSS, we specify corrective actions identified from audits and provide regular management reviews on the system’s effectiveness. Our EHSS is used at all worldwide locations, in conjunction with local laws and regulations.

Safety extends to our contractors and vendors, who are required to read, provide documentation on and sign our Contractor Vendor Safety Program.

Internal Accountability 

Nordson is currently in the process of updating our EHSS management as well as increasing the number of employees dedicated to EHSS. This restructure is in response to our facilities’ need for additional environmental, health and safety resources. 

In 2016, we added two new positions to our EHSS team: a Training and Documentation Specialist and a Corporate Safety and Security Systems Specialist. In 2017, we will continue investing in environmental, health, safety and security resources including corporate-level employees dedicated to EHSS. Early in 2017, we hired an additional Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist to address the specific needs at two of our locations and we will continue to identify which locations have increasing EHSS needs. We look forward to sharing additional information about our EHSS restructuring upon its completion.

Audits

Our Safety Committees conduct frequent internal audits leveraging previous audit results and focusing on the importance of individual system activities. Independent qualified employees evaluate activities, processes, work areas, services, practices, procedures and other documentation regarding facility safety. During an audit, they check for items such as displayed OSHA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posters, personal protective equipment use, employee health records, work-related injury or illness information and emergency response programs. Auditing employees report audit details to the Responsible Manager and the Corporate Safety Committee to review the results, determine effectiveness and enforce and document corrective and preventive actions where applicable.

Training

Our Corporate Safety Committee and Responsible Managers annually determine frequency of safety trainings based upon specific facility and department needs. They maintain documented records and procedures for the training processes while updating training logs quarterly and reporting information to the Human Resources Department. Nordson encourages employees to request trainings at any point necessary throughout the year. 

In 2017, we plan to launch a comprehensive training program using an on-line safety learning management system. The new system will: 

Allow for centralized documentation of employee training;
Refresh our documented EHSS program and communicate it out to our facilities;
Begin an on-going safety and security audit program, online audit tool with regulatory updates and managed follow-up; and
Refresh our local, business and corporate safety committee program.

The EHSS team has developed a roadmap to guide the above activities and we anticipate measured improvements going forward.

Performance 

We record the number of workplace injuries and illnesses that require professional medical treatment. We measure this information in two ways: our Recordable Case Rate and our Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers (DART) rate. In 2015 and 2016, we demonstrated strong safety performance by recording incident rates lower than our target rates. In 2015, our rates were also lower than the U.S. average. The U.S. average for 2016 is not available at the publication time for this report.

Recordable Case & DART Rates*

Recordable case dart rates

*All rates apply to U.S. locations only. The U.S. average for 2016 is not available at the publication time for this report.