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At Air Products, safety is our top priority. It is a moral obligation, a condition of employment, and is fundamental to our goal of being the safest and most profitable industrial gas company.

Safety is part of our culture. We all care about safety and are driving towards our goal of zero accidents. Year-on-year, we strive to incrementally improve safety at all our sites to benefit our colleagues and the communities in which we operate. Our new 2020 goal to lead the industrial gas industry in safety as measured by recordable and lost-time incident (LTI) rates will help us continue to drive our performance.

Our beliefs about safety have been instituted since 1975 through our Total Safety Philosophy, which stresses that nothing is more important than safety, and that safety is a condition of employment. Supporting this philosophy is Air Products’ global EH&S Policy, which reinforces our commitment to being an industry leader in safety performance, continual improvement in safety with the goal of zero injuries or incidents, maintaining safe plants and products, managing safety risks, and publicly sharing our safety practices and results. Every employee is required to understand and adhere to our global EH&S policy. Year-on-year, we strive to improve safety at all our sites to benefit our colleagues, customers, and the communities where we operate. Our 2020 goal to lead the industrial gas industry in safety helps drive our performance. And in 2017 our safety performance was the best in company history.

Safety Performance in 2017 vs. Prior Year 

Employee Recordable Rate1
Employee LTI Rate2 
Contractor Recordable Rate1 
Contractor LTI Rate2   0.06 ↓88%

1Recordable Incidents
A recordable incident is a work-related injury that requires medical care beyond basic first aid treatment. Examining recordable incidents and their causes gives us a better look at the severity of all injuries and helps in our prevention efforts. Rates are per 200,000 hours worked.

2Lost-time incidents (LTIs)
Lost-time or restricted work injuries or illnesses are typically the most serious incidents. They also are measured as part of our comprehensive efforts to create a safer workplace. Rates are per 200,000 hours worked.

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