Sustainability & Innovation

Health, Safety & Environment

We never compromise on safety

In the first quarter of 2020, the world was shaken up on an unprecedented scale by the emergence of a new coronavirus, COVID-19. Recticel took, and is still taking, every precaution to protect its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and their families from its impact. Crisis Response Teams were activated in every country and monitored the situation closely to ensure that the correct actions were taken, in line with Group and local guidelines as well as local legislation. In 2020, less than 5% of Recticel employees tested positive for COVID-19. All infections seem to have occurred outside Recticel premises.


Ensuring safe working conditions and minimising negative impact on the planet are the foundations of every sustainable company. Due to the nature of its activities, the Recticel Group is exposed to environmental risks. The Group uses potentially hazardous products (e.g. chemicals) as part of its development activities and manufacturing processes. Scenarios precisely outlining the modus operandi for handling related crises and their consequences have been circulated throughout the organization.

True to our values, we never comprise on safety. We continuously strive to bring each plant up to best-in-class level by reducing work-related incidents, emissions, production leaks, fires and near misses. 


Frequency index - Severity index Industrial accidents

The Recticel Corporate HS&E Policy defines strategic objectives to minimise risks for people and the planet. Processing chemicals, product cutting and conversion and warehousing and handling activities are at the heart of our operations. Through methodical risk assessments and mitigation as well as process improvements, we aim to make Recticel a safe place to work and visit. 

Several Recticel plants have already implemented Health & Safety and/or Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and/or ISO 14001 certified). We have built a powerful network of skilled professionals to support HS&E requirements across the organisation in each country and location and to instill a safety culture throughout the organisation.

HS&E professionals equally support our ambition to reduce our environmental impact by monitoring energy consumption and waste, mapping risks and defining and implementing corrective and preventive measures.

Recticel is an active member of European and national professional associations such as EUROPUR, PU Europe, Essenscia and Federplast and is committed to advancing Responsible Care. We seek to continuously improve our Environmental, Health and Safety knowledge and the performance of our technologies, processes and products over their lifecycles. 




Rewarding HS&E forerunners

Embedding a HS&E culture throughout the entire Group requires constant attention. One of our most recent initiatives is the HS&E Best Safety Performance Award, which shines a spotlight on the best performing business line and plant, as well as the plant that has made the most progress. In this way, we celebrate success and acknowledge everyone involved. 

Please see pages 115 – 116 in our Statement on non-financial information in the 2020 annual report for more information about our HS&E strategy.


Changing attitudes forever: Recticel Global Safety Day

At Recticel, we strive to make our working environment "Simply Safe" for everyone, every day. We identified six major potential risks we face in our operations and other activities and turned them into six Golden Safety Principles and six Golden Safety Rules. 

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