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


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. 


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.

Our safety performance in 2016 was slightly better than in the previous year (1.42 down from 1.54) and we are not where we wanted to be. To gear us back on track, we will continue to build on and strengthen our safety culture, which has a long and successful history in Lonza. Safety at work is a core responsibility of each and every leader and employee and we are all working hard towards our 2020 objective.


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.

2016 LTISR 
We disclose LTISR for each calendar year period in terms of number of calendar days lost per 200,000 hours worked (2016 = 11).


Material Incidents and Severe Accidents

The year 2016 did not see any material incidents or breakdowns of manufacturing operations, nor were there any severe accidents or damage inflicted on the environment in connection with the transportation of Lonza products and raw materials.

Being prepared: In the unfortunate case that hazardous Lonza products would be involved in a transportation incident or a manufacturing plant experienced a significant breakdown with associated threats to stakeholders, Lonza maintains a proven and tested hazard communication and crisis management system to keep harmful effects to a minimum.