Health and safety

Our health and safety policies are aligned with the relevant legal frameworks, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Read more about our group safety, health and environmental policy.

Health and safety incidents and near-misses are monitored and each company has a benchmark lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) against which it is measured. Lost-time injuries are defined as those workplace injuries that cause an employee to be deemed unfit to return to work the next day. Our target is zero fatalities, disabling injuries and lost-time incidents.

Nine of our operations are accredited in terms of OHSAS 18001, the international health and safety standard. Accreditation was deferred for Automould as it is in the process of being integrated into Smiths Plastics. Lumotech and Smiths Plastic have opted to seek accreditation under ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety management standard that will replace OHSAS 18001.

Hazardous substances

Some of our manufacturing processes involve potentially dangerous substances. Standard health and safety procedures are applied around each such substance and these procedures comply with both South African legislation and the standards governing our OE customers in other jurisdictions.

Lead is used at our First National Battery, Mutlu Ak├╝ and Rombat battery manufacturing facilities. EU directive 2000/53/EC classifies lead as a banned substance and producers are required to limit these substances in the manufacture of new vehicles.

Baseline blood lead levels are tested when employees at these facilities join the company and they are regularly re-tested thereafter to measure ongoing exposure. Where blood lead levels rise above benchmark levels, employees receive counselling in the clinic and are removed from areas where there is a chance of further exposure, until their blood lead levels return to within the acceptable limits.