Health & Safety
Enduring Safety Principles
The safety of Modine employees is more than just a priority, it’s a value that is ingrained in how we operate our business. The company believes all injuries are preventable, and unsafe conditions and behaviors are not acceptable. All employees are held accountable for preventing and responding to unsafe conditions in a timely and complete manner. We have established a Global Health & Safety Policy that creates the foundation for growing the company’s safety culture.
Strengthening Safety Culture
Modine completed fiscal year 2019 with a global Recordable Incident Rate (“RIR” as defined by OSHA) of 1.30. From 2009 to 2019, Modine improved its RIR from 2.28 to 1.30, an improvement of 43%. Modine has consistently outperformed the United States’ private-industry RIR average for the manufacturing sector, which by comparison was 3.5 in 2017. Each fiscal year, Modine establishes safety objectives which are cascaded throughout every global facility.
Modine has implemented Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) as a proactive global effort by which we seek to correct at-risk behaviors and positively reinforce safe behaviors. The BBS program teaches managers and hourly employees how to identify unsafe behaviors and how to effectively engage with their colleagues to address unsafe situations. We measure participation in BBS each quarter as one metric of employee engagement in safety.
We believe all injuries are preventable, and eliminating the most serious injuries is of the highest priority for us. We have established a Severe Injury and Fatality (SIF) program that mandates compliance and implementation of lifesaving policies and procedures for all locations globally. We are happy to report that in the past 10 years, we have experienced no fatalities of Modine employees or contractors.
Safety Certifications and Recognition
Modine has manufacturing locations certified to the OHSAS 18001/ISO45001 standard for safety management systems. OHSAS 18001/ISO45001 is a globally recognized standard which provides a structured, systemic framework for managing and improving safety practices. Our West Kingston, Rhode Island facility was recognized by the United States Department of Labor for achieving OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (“VPP”) designation for exemplary safety and health protection in 2006 and has maintained that designation since. Every 3 years, the facility is inspected by a team representing OSHA and representatives from local businesses. We use the results of these audits to strengthen not only the West Kingston facility, but our entire global safety management system.