Occupational Health & Safety

9 min

Throughout our business and most especially in our manufacturing sites worldwide, the health and safety of our employees is a priority.

Why it matters

The protection of the physical and mental integrity and well-being of employees is a core responsibility of dormakaba. Accidents and work-related illnesses can be of a long-term nature and entail costs to society and the company. We can only be successful in the long term if we help ensure our employees remain healthy. Occupational health and safety (OHS) addresses not only the safe operation of machines, ergonomic workplaces, and the handling of hazardous substances, but also mental health issues, including stress, depression, and emotional well-being. We strive simultaneously to create optimal working conditions for our employees and to ensure operational efficiencies.

Key activities

Throughout our business and particularly at our manufacturing sites worldwide, the health and safety of our employees is a priority. We want to provide a safe workplace, though injuries still occur in and around our facilities: including cuts, stumbles, commuting accidents, burns in smelting operations, heavy lifting, or exposure to toxic fumes in galvanization processes. Currently, dormakaba has only location-specific systems in place to align with national regulations and standards, as well as ISO 45001 certifications in larger manufacturing facilities.

It is our goal that, by the end of financial year 2021/22, all dormakaba manufacturing sites will maintain an occupational health and safety management system based on the rigorous standards set forth by ISO 45001. A total of 82% of our manufacturing sites have already achieved this. These sites have designated safety personnel, safety committees, regular safety training, and they collaborate with external partners to ensure that health and safety standards are integrated in prevailing production processes at dormakaba.

In addition, 24% of the manufacturing sites covered in this report benefit from ISO 45001 certification. Nine of our sites in Germany (Villingen-Schwenningen, Velbert, Bad Berka), Austria (Herzogenburg, Eggenburg) and Switzerland (Wetzikon, Rümlang, St. Gallen, Lausanne), for example, successfully implemented ISO 45001 standards in the financial year 2020/21.

To ensure our employees remain healthy, dormakaba focuses on three areas:

  1. Employee engagement and training
  2. Reducing hazardous materials
  3. Designated safety personnel and safety committees

Employee engagement and training

To identify and address our health and safety risks, employee engagement is crucial. Our employees are encouraged to report challenges and near misses in order to address these risks. Several segments, for example, regularly train employees to report near-miss incidents that have a potential for injury or property damage in an effort to be proactive. This program helps employees recognize hazards or unsafe acts and to correct them immediately or to ask for support to correct the issue. Near miss reports are treated the same as injury reports, and the respective supervisor follows up with the near-miss to ensure it is corrected.

Examples of our employee engagement and training activities in the financial year 2020/21 included:

Reducing hazardous materials

The potential impact on employees’ health of working with hazardous materials is of special concern. Hazardous materials are used as cooling lubricants, as oils in machining and for the cutting of raw materials. They are also used in the electroplating process to protect materials from corrosion. 

Examples of our activities to reduce hazardous materials in the financial year 2020/21 included:

Designated safety personnel and safety committees

dormakaba employs designated safety personnel and safety committees in order to ensure that workers comply with company policies and government regulations. These forums also facilitate communication and cooperation between management and personnel.

Examples of our safety personnel and safety committee activities in the financial year 2020/21 include:

Our performance

Among all our reporting sites – including offices – 20% have a health and safety management system certified to ISO 45001 or the equivalent local standard; and 70% maintain a health and safety management system. For these sites, health and safety training goes beyond the mandatory requirements to include emergency and risk prevention. For example, assessments of repetitive movement and heavy load-lifting, to prevent work-related illnesses, take place at various sites.



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In the financial year 2020/21, 186 occupational injury cases were registered, compared to 231 in the previous reporting year. This is a recordable injury rate of 1.4 compared to 1.7 in the previous reporting year1). There was an even split between injuries resulting in less than 3 days of lost working time and those resulting in more than 3 days of lost working time. Cuts were the most common type of accident, and most injuries were sustained to arms or hands. Most accidents occurred in production plants, with the second highest occuring during installation or service at customer sites. The most common root cause has been reported as lack of concentration. Through our global injury incident reporting tool, we have tracked over 200 corrective actions being implemented. The majority of corrective actions have been organizational safety measures. There were no fatalities as a result of work-related injuries in the financial year 2020/21, nor were there any high-consequence injuries reported.

  1. Recordable work-related injury rate = Number of recordable work-related injuries / Number of hours worked * 200,000


We will continue our efforts to ensure our employees remain safe and healthy. Planned projects and initiatives include:

Outstanding occupational health & safety performance in Mexico

Our manufacturing facility in Nogales (Mexico) received external recognition for health and safety management related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The facility also achieved almost 500 days with no accidents or injuries, as a result of effective leadership and employee cooperation.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced numerous companies to decrease production or even shutdown operations in case protective measures could not be applied. During these challenging times, the dormakaba facility in Nogales could continue working unaffected as an essential business, as a result of implementing and exceeding most of the preventative measures recommended by the Mexican health authorities and adjusting the internal guidelines and procedures.

For meeting the highest standard of the federal Covid-19 compliance program, the facility was granted the Mexican Social Security Institute’s Sanitary Security Protocol certification. The program included, among others things, employee trainings on health & safety, protective measures, workforce management, safe “return to work” guidance, and temporary pandemic policies.

The Nogales facility also received the Optimal Sanitary Performance certification from the prestigious International Society for Societal Performance & Kaufman Center for their outstanding achievement in keeping the pandemic under control in the plant. During a 3-month project a multifunctional team of our employees collaborated with experts from universities in Argentina, Spain, and Mexico to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures. As a result of this cooperation, they also created a best practice manual, customized for the Nogales facility and our employees.

The team in Nogales also deserves acknowledgment for another extraordinary achievement, namely being injury- and accident-free for almost 500 days. A long list of measures contributed to this accomplishment. This included the annual health, safety and environment training program (312 training hours in total), daily communication and awareness-raising at the beginning of each shift, the powered industrial vehicle and the machine guarding program, and job safety analysis, among other things. Furthermore, the plant is STPS (OSHA equivalent) certified for occupational health & safety.

“We are proud what we have achieved this year, but most of all, we are proud of the employees who helped us reach the goals we set for dormakaba Nogales. Thanks to their efforts, we managed to keep our employees safe during the pandemic.” - Q. Adalberto Vega Garcia, EHS Supervisor, AS AMER

The Covid Group and the Safety committee together with CEO Sabrina Soussan and COO AS AMER Alex Housten in Nogales (Mexico)

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