Synlait reset its vision and strategic approach to health, safety, and wellbeing during the financial year, which is now known as “Synlait Safe”.
Synlait Safe is anchored around engaging and inspiring the organisation to achieve justifiably higher standards to ensure we can all work safe, to arrive home safely. This message is being delivered through the creation of a Synlait Safe campaign and brand helping to create an identity for what health, safety and wellbeing means to Synlait and linking it to activities and focused topics that are easily recognisable, engaging, and meaningful for Synlait’s people.
Synlait’s goal is Work Safe | Home Safely, and by integrating key elements of the cognitive behavioural safety programme (Zero Harm Mindsets) the organisation is achieving a clear shift in mindset and culture across its workforce. Over 300 leaders and frontline team members from across Synlait attended training to provide them with a key understanding of how everyone can think differently about safety, give it meaning to each person and their teams (as leaders) and then build a mature safety culture to comprehend risk and expected levels of performance. The investment into shifting mindset, developing leaders, and empowering our teams will continue into FY24 and beyond.
In FY23, Synlait continued to achieve a reduction in the total number of recordable injury events (medical treatment or required time off work) reported across the business. The Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate decreased by a further 30% from the previous year’s performance (10.6 vs 14.9 in FY22), a reduction of 54% since FY21.
Synlait is continually improving its injury response and management processes to ensure teams receive a high standard of care, and return to work as early as possible. We continue to invest time and resources into investigation and learning to enable us to actively improve. The approach involves challenging Synlait’s practices, processes, equipment, and work design to eliminate risk of harm with a strong focus on repetitive events and manual handling exposure.
In FY23, Synlait’s Critical Risk Management Framework was also developed, along with the publication of Synlait’s Critical Risk standards, called Safety Essentials and the associated assurance programme. This will remain a focus in FY24 as practices are embedded into daily work rituals for controlling these potentially fatal exposures and verifying controls are in place.
More information on Synlait’s health and safety initiatives is available in the Sustainability Report.