Creating and sustaining a zero-incident culture is a top priority for everyone in the company. A safe work environment is essential to delivering positive results for our customers, shareholders and employees.
In 2012, we continued to make progress in our key safety metrics, aspiring to the five-year goal we set in 2009 of reducing our total recordable incident rate by 67 percent by 2013. We reduced our lost-time incident rate (LTIR) by 14 percent and total recordable incident rate (TRIR) by 5 percent over 2011. To continue improving our results, we are reinforcing a zero-incident culture throughout the company. Our efforts to improve safety are a core component of our future success. We are working on three major initiatives for 2013 to bring us closer to that goal:
The ongoing integration of our management systems and external certifications of our facilities are providing improvements in safety outcomes globally. Our efforts are paying dividends with continued improvement across each of our businesses.
Ingersoll Rand’s EHS group regularly monitors our facilities’ performance against our global EHS standards and applicable regulatory requirements. We use a combination of third-party consultants and EHS staff to arrange independent audits of each Ingersoll Rand site at least once every three years. We also conduct annual self-assessments following a standard protocol to identify opportunities to improve EHS performance.
Ingersoll Rand achieves improved safety performance through persistent safety training and education across our enterprise. Providing employees with the tools and knowledge needed to operate safely is critical to operational success. We provide quarterly webcasts for EHS staff as well as geographical-specific meetings or webinars twice per year. These meetings offer an opportunity to share best practices, resolve compliance issues and capitalize on regional EHS performance opportunities.