Hero: Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety

Fostering a Safe Work Culture

Employee safety, health and human rights are of vital importance to the way we do business. In addition to complying with government regulations around the world, we have systems to help us identify, track, report and improve workplace issues. Clorox has processes to help minimize hazardous conditions through equipment and process design, build and installation. The company also requires training on topics for employee safety, health, environmental and business ethics. Some of these include hazard awareness, ergonomics, personal harassment and other applicable compliance programs.

We have an enterprisewide crisis management program that includes tools and communications to support emergency response, employee and community safety, disaster recovery and business continuity. The program includes workgroup-based plans to help guide in resuming disrupted operations, emergency response teams to directly address certain emergencies and corporate emergency operations centers to coordinate and allocate resources during a time of crisis.

Clorox prohibits the use of forced, bonded or otherwise illegal labor. We meet, and often exceed, wage requirements and local family leave laws worldwide. We recognize workers’ freedom to associate with each other and organize. We encourage constructive communications among employees at all levels, without fear of reprisal, regarding issues that impact their jobs or the company. Employees can report suspected illegal, unethical or unsafe activity confidentially and anonymously through an independently operated compliance hotline.

Clorox employees are welcome to participate in the political process and engage in political activities of their choosing. In personal civic and political affairs, however, employees must make clear that their views and actions are their own and not those of Clorox.

Promoting Safety at Work Every Day

We foster “Safety as a Core Value” as a key component within our business culture. We strive to empower all employees to identify, control or eliminate risk. We believe the knowledge and skills learned at work around hazard recognition and risk reduction can also influence and benefit what we do at home as well. The success of building and sustaining a positive culture requires each person to actively engage in considering risk in everything we do and act accordingly.

As a result of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our employees, our overall corporate incident rate remains low. We ended fiscal year 2016 with a recordable incident rate, or RIR, of 0.61, well below the 1.0 rate we consider world-class, based on our own corporate benchmarking. According to the latest data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average RIR for goods-producing manufacturing companies is 3.8. 

Our success can be attributed to the company’s commitment to use solid processes and programs and safety leadership displayed at all levels of the organization globally. With everyone’s continued commitment, ownership and participation, our vision of a zero-incident workplace is possible.