Committed to Safety

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Working to ensure the safety of our employees, contractors, customers and communities is vital to how we operate.

Safety is a critical part of how we work and is gaining renewed focus as we combine Ecolab and Nalco systems, processes and programs to shape our new safety culture. This effort provides the opportunity to take the best from each to ensure constant progress toward our goals of zero — zero accidents, injuries, fatalities and releases.

Globally we are deploying the best practices of both companies. We want to make safety a personal value for all employees and encourage them to be accountable for their own safety and for the safety of those around them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

We are expanding the Ecolab Compliance Assessment Process (ECAP) to improve safety, health and environmental compliance and reduce risk within manufacturing, sales, R&D and logistics. Our use of onboard monitoring devices provides drivers with immediate feedback, encouraging safe driving habits. Other best practices include fostering employee well-being through industrial hygiene, surveillance monitoring and ergonomic programs.

Our Performance
Among our Key Performance Indicators for workplace safety are well-recognized industry measures: the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR), the rate of injuries per 100 full-time workers, and the Total Vehicle Accident Rate (TVAR) the number of accidents per million miles driven.

In 2011, the Nalco TRIR decreased by 25 percent from 2010. This performance placed Nalco among the top 25 percent of companies in our industry. The TRIR has decreased more than 49 percent since 2007. The Ecolab TRIR improved by 9 percent as well in 2011, representing 47 fewer injuries for the year. The Ecolab TRIR has decreased by 12 percent since 2007.

The TVAR for Nalco dropped 8 percent from 2010. It has improved for three consecutive years and declined by 47 percent since 2007. The TVAR for Ecolab improved by 7 percent improvement from 2010 and by 15 percent compared to 2007.

Nalco achieved world-class safety status when it was named one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today magazine for providing a safe working environment for employees.

More details on our safety performance are available in our Sustainability Report.