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Employee Responsibility

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Type and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities

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Workplace Safety

A safe working environment is critical to the welfare of everybody who works in our facilities. Reynolds American and its subsidiaries promote a culture of safety throughout everything we do. We work to enhance our safety culture by proactively engaging our people to be responsible for their own safety and for those around them. Zero incidents is our goal.

GOAL
  • Proactively engage our people to be responsible for their own safety and for those around them.

 

Every employee is responsible for maintaining a safe working environment. While initiatives are managed at the operating company level, the operating companies’ Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) managers meet regularly as a group to work toward common RAI goals, fostering innovation through sharing best practices and providing tools to the operating companies. Additionally, RAI’s operating companies hold an annual EHS Symposium, which brings together internal and external stakeholders to showcase EHS best practices and provide a mechanism for recognition of innovative efforts and accomplishments.

The 2016 EHS Symposium was hosted by American Snuff Company’s Memphis facility. External safety speaker, Tony Crow, spoke about the importance of using personal protective equipment and safety communications, both on and off the job. In 2017, we plan to create an EHS Roadshow to drive visibility of safety messaging and enhance EHS presence at the factory level.

Safety is a top priority at RAI and its operating companies and we have worked hard to develop a strong safety culture. Our efforts have paid off with employee injury rates that are lower than those of other tobacco companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), RAI’s operating companies’ OSHA recordable incident rate is lower than the incident rate for the U.S. beverage and tobacco product manufacturing industry as a whole. Our safety data is annually verified by an independent third party.

 


LOST TIME INCIDENT RATE

0.68
1.9
0.96
1.5
0.71
1.6
1.1
1.4
0.9
NA
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
RAI Operating Companies      
US Beverage and Tobacco


 


OSHA INCIDENT RATE

1.4
6.5
2.0
5.5
1.5
6.0
1.9
5.3
1.8
NA
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
RAI Operating Companies      
US Beverage and Tobacco


 

Every year, we set aggressive safety goals that include both proactive and reactive measures. Employees continuously share best practices and communicate both positive and negative feedback on colleagues’ safety behaviors. All employees are encouraged to report near misses, join safety committees or attend safety committee meetings.

Training is a critical component of our safety program. Our new hires undergo a significant amount of safety training as part of their orientation. Additionally, all employees continually participate in safety training specific to their jobs.

In 2016, the N.C. Department of Labor presented eight operating locations with its Gold Award for their 2015 safety achievements.

Our safety culture extends beyond our employees to the contractors whom we use in a variety of capacities. Each contractor is held to the same standards as our employees. Our operating companies provide contractors with our EHS requirements so they are prepared to participate proactively in our culture of safety, and we also perform audits of contracted companies.

 


CONTRACTOR OSHA INCIDENT RATE*

1.5
1.0
1.4
1.4
0.47
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
 

*Represents the experience at R.J. Reynolds Manufacturing. We have plans to discuss extending contractor injury data reporting to other areas of the business.