Sustainability & ESG

Health, Safety & Environment

Recticel is committed to conducting its business in a manner that protects the health and safety of its customers, its workers (whether employees or contractors) and the general public. It is embedded in our Core Value of acting with respect and integrity and in our Ethics Policy that we do not compromise on safety.

The Recticel Group HS&E Policy defines strategic objectives to minimize all HS&E risks and environmental impacts inherent to the company’s activities and products. This is above and beyond our basic obligation to comply with all applicable health, safety and environmental regulations.

The Recticel Group HS&E Manual provides guidance for the implementation of the HS&E Policy. QHS&E managers in our divisions drive and support change in our safety culture by developing operational standards, improving working environments, raising awareness and training personnel.

Managers and employees are regularly informed and educated on health and safety regulations. Recticel also devotes adequate resources to identify, control and remedy health and safety risks associated with its operations, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

In Recticel’s operations, hazardous chemicals may be used for the production of our insulation solutions. As an example, rigid polyurethane foam is made through an exothermal reaction between a polyol and an isocyanate, but adhesives are also used in our manufacturing process.  Strict policies and procedures are in place to ensure that the health and safety of our employees is guaranteed at all times. New chemical products to be used in production must be approved by the local HS&E Manager. All chemicals are stored safely and are subject to regular periodic inspections. Safety data sheets (SDS) are available in the production place for consultation at all times.

Recticel Safety KPIs (subject to limited PwC assurance)

KPI 2021 2022 2023 Target 2030 Definition
Frequency 1 (Lost Time Accidents) 1.95 4.82 8.88 ≤ 2 Definition: Number of Lost Time Accidents x 1,000,000 / number of hours performed
Frequency 2 (Lost Time Accidents + Restricted Work Cases + Medical Treatment Cases) 10.14 12.53 11.68 ≤ 5 Definition: Number of [Lost Time Accidents + Restricted Work Cases + Medical Treatment Cases] x 1 million / number of hours performed
  Scope: Recticel Insulation Scope: Recticel Insulation Scope: Recticel Group    




We never compromise on safety!

We continue to raise awareness on safety. It is embedded in our Core Value of acting with respect and integrity. Through our global Simply Safe initiative, we introduced a clear framework of Golden Safety Principles and Golden Safety Rules.


Recticel Golden Safety Principles


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Recticel Golden Safety Rules


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Since 2018, we have been holding an annual Recticel Global Safety Day. It relays the important message that safety is everyone’s responsibility. The Global Safety Day marked the launch of our Simply Safe initiative across all divisions and in every site. Simply Safe was set up to change attitudes forever by making every worker aware that they must follow safety procedures and avoid taking risks.

Our ‘Stop! Think! Act!’ mantra reminds everyone that we should all try to change our habits to guarantee a safe working environment. Whenever we notice a hazard, or whenever we start a new task, we should stop, think and then act.


More information about Health & Safety can be found in the 2023 Annual Report, Social Statement, Chapter 6.2.14, page 114 - 116