Safety is central to our Company goal of being the safest, most diverse and most profitable industrial gas company in the world. We also believe it’s a moral obligation. We want our employees to return home to their families as safe and in the same condition as when they arrived for work.
Our beliefs about safety have been instituted for decades through our Total Safety Values, which stress that nothing is more important than safety and that adherence to safety is a condition of employment. Our current leadership has built on this strong foundation, making us an even safer company.
Year-on-year we strive to improve safety for our colleagues, customers and host communities. 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
Our goal is to be the safest industrial gas company in the world. Although we have improved our lost-time injury rate by 63 percent and our recordable injury rate by 22 percent since 2014, our safety performance in fiscal 2019 was not acceptable by Air Products’ standards. Regrettably, we had two contractor fatalities in 2019, one in Spain and one in Brazil. Steps were taken to ensure the risks associated with these incidents were identified and communicated.