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Safety – Soaring to Zero

Hexcel is committed to providing a safe workplace for our workforce, and for ensuring the protection of the communities and environments where we operate. We do this by integrating our values of Accountability, Responsibility, Innovation and One Hexcel into our daily operational practices, procedures, and behaviors to create a world-class environmental, health, safety, and product stewardship culture. Hexcel believes and is committed to preventing injuries, process safety events, and environmental impacts associated with our business.

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Our Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) philosophy and systems is based on ISO 14001 and 45001, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act principles, which drive proactive engagement, consistent execution, regular audits and evaluations, and continuous improvement to ensure that we:

  • Conduct business ethically and in accordance with Hexcel’s Code of Business Conduct and all applicable laws, regulations, and other compliance obligations.
  • Improve the design and safety of our processes, seek energy efficient options, and minimize waste generation through pollution prevention and sustainability strategies.
  • Ensure all products and intermediates are properly registered, meet applicable compliance obligations, and can be used safely for their intended purposes.
  • Provide our employees, customers, and other stakeholders with the information necessary to understand the environmental aspects, health and safety hazards of our operations and products, our EHS performance, and the sustainable future of our products.
  • Design, construct, and operate our facilities using the hierarchy of controls principles in a manner that protects employees and human health while minimizing operational impact on the environment and neighboring communities.
  • Partner with contractors, suppliers, and third-party providers who share our commitment to eliminate work-related injuries, incidents, and environment impact.
  • Provide employees, contractors, and visitors with the skills, knowledge, and tools to create an incident-free workplace.
  • Periodically review our EHS performance, actively seek input from employees, and empower the workforce to participate and lead EHS continuous improvement.

Recordable & Lost Time Injury Rates

The importance of employee safety is paramount in everything we do and our focus on safety has shown results. We have reduced recordable injury rates over 75% and lost time injuries about 70% in the 10-year period of 2008 to 2018. These results are particularly encouraging as we increased headcount about 55% and sales about 65% during this same period.

These safety improvements have been achieved through the implementation of these EHS tools and systems, including:

  • Greater leadership accountability for safety risks and mitigation;
  • Increased company-wide visibility on safety;
  • Additional emphasis on peer-to-peer safety engagements – behavioral observations, positive safety interactions (PSI) and near miss reporting;
  • Implementation of corporate standards, which drive best practices and continuous improvement throughout our organization; and
  • Investing in safety improvements, such as more sophisticated machine guarding, additional layers of protection and redundant control systems, improved lock-out, lifting, and interlock devices.


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EHS Regulatory Compliance

EHS regulatory citations reduced almost 95% from 2013 to 2018 to almost zero, due to:

  • Hiring experienced, professional level EHS leadership;
  • Driving environmental accountability to line operations;
  • Implementation of robust EHS self-governance and compliance monitoring program; and
  • Developing open, trusting and collaborative relationships with regulators who recognize Hexcel’s commitment to 100% compliance.

Safety Highlights

As part of our safety culture and training, we offer CPR and first aid training to employees and have installed automated external defibrillators (AED) at our sites. Twice in 2018, Hexcel employees applied this CPR training to save the life of a colleague. Learn more - Workers recognized for saving a life