We actively manage Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) as an integral part of our businesses, operations and practices. We require global and local management to comply with the applicable laws and the internal and external EHS requirements. Security measures are integrated into the management systems and must meet defined minimal standards.

EHS, process safety and sustainability

Whereas the EHS policy defines high-level principles, our corporate EHS management system and our detailed guidelines support their implementation. The process safety team - part of the corporate EHS group – is working closely with the sites in the implementation of rules and standards for safe processes.

The EHS group also oversees our company-wide sustainability efforts. The continuous-improvement tools driving improved safety and environmental performance are also applied to making sustainable use of natural resources, reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing hazardous waste and managing remediation activities responsibly.

Since March 2010 Lonza's sites are covered by a Global Certification Scheme, with a single ISO 9001 Certificate for all certified sites. Selected sites have additional certificates (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 13485, FAMI-QS, HACCP, FSSC 22000, EFfCI, ISO 22716).

We maintain an EHS Management System which has been adapted to the actual ISO 14001 and 45001 standards, and detailed guidelines for people safety. This program applies to all locations and all employees.

Compliance auditing

EHS performance audits are carried out at regular intervals, typically three years, at all production sites, warehouses and R&D sites. They cover all aspects of safety, health and environmental protection and serve to monitor whether compliance with internal and external standards is achieved. These audits are conducted by internal independent experts by means of interviews and site inspections and are based on a comprehensive inspection plan. Audit results' implementation is monitored.

Compliance audits review the company's status according to the local applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. They are important tools for site management, which is responsible for legal compliance of operations.

Loss prevention visits

Technical experts from insurers visit our manufacturing and R&D to identify, assess and evaluate any property risks and business interruptions, and are working with us to identify cost effective risk mitigation strategies. Our internal experts within the Corporate EHS team support these audits. We do have a great interest in this service in order to stay abreast of the safety of operation of our plants.