The Safety of Our Employees

Lonza wants every employee to return home safely and in good health at the end of their working day. 

Health and Safety of our workforce is a top priority. Any accident is one too many. We are convinced that accidents are avoidable and we commit to work in this direction with full strength. Our Vision 'Zero' - zero injuries, zero process incidents, zero distribution incidents and zero environmental incidents underlines our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces, and is paramount to setting a clear and transparent top-down signal for safety at work.

Every employee is obliged to take on his or her fundamental and personal responsibility for safety and health at work.


At each site a safety committee supports the implementation and improvement of safety at work programs.

Corporate EHS Guidelines are developed in close collaboration with regional EHS experts. Their implementation at manufacturing sites and research and development centers is compulsory. It is the responsibility of line management at each site that they are implemented. Corporate EHS is auditing sites internally for EHS performance on the basis of the guidelines issued. Current guidelines cover:

  • EHS management system
  • Comprehensive process safety
  • Emergency/crisis management and incident reporting
  • Health surveillance
  • Limitation of occupational exposure to chemicals
  • Allocation of storage classes
  • Containment strategy
  • Explosion protection
  • Hot work and safe work permitting and lock-out/tag-out procedures
  • Confined space entry
  • Line breaking
  • High work and fall protection
  • Excavation, trenching and shoring
  • Contractor selection and evaluation
  • Supply chain security
  • EHS Performance Reporting


To be able to achieve our 2020 goal of the injury rate of 0.6 or lower we intensify  further the global co-operation across all segments to embed “Vision Zero” in our safety culture. The common commitment to safe behavior of all employees working globally is paramount. Vision “Zero” is guiding our safe work practices, and gets high-level management attention from the Executive Committee.

Statistical Data

LTIFR (lost time injury frequency) takes into account injuries or illnesses of Lonza full or temporary employees, as well as of externally hired employees under direct supervision of Lonza personnel. 

LTI Injury Frequency rate 2017

Our safety performance in 2017 demonstrates an all-time record and underlines our strong safety commitment and the effectiveness of the management controls in place. The progress from the previous two years is significant – with 0.54 (0.73 incl. Capsugel) we more than halved the rates for 2015 and 2016 and are back on track of what 2012 and 2014 indicated what is possible. We continue to intensify the global co-operation across all levels of administration and manufacturing of all segments to embed “Vision Zero” in our safety culture. With an engaged and motivated workforce and a dedicated leadership team, we want to achieve our 2020 goal of a lost-time injury rate of no more than 0.6.


LTISR (lost time injury severity rate) is a measure of the impact of lost time injuries in terms of how many days are lost due to work-related injuries and illnesses across Lonza Group relative to a standardized amount of working time.

LTI Injury Severity Rate 2017 
We disclose LTISR for each calendar year period in terms of number of calendar days lost per 200,000 hours worked (2017 = 2.2).


Material Incidents and Severe Accidents

The year 2017 closed without any material incidents or breakdowns of manufacturing operations, nor were there any severe incidents or damage inflicted on the environment in connection with the transportation of Lonza products and raw materials. To stay alert we routinely test and maintain our corporate emergency communication system, as well as the local site emergency response systems to prepare us to keep harmful effects to a minimum and crisis situations under control.