Environmental Health & Safety

DJO® takes workplace safety very seriously and through continuous improvement, is committed to creating a safe work environment for employees. The Company conducts business in a manner to meet or exceed regulations such as those established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Additionally, DJO has invested in disaster and other emergency preparedness training and routinely practices drills.

DJO's Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) programs place great emphasis on "Never Stop Getting Better" as it relates to preventing work-related accidents and near-misses. There is a corporate Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) representative focused on driving the necessary programs to make DJO's workplace safer for employees and for the community. The Company ensures employees receive training on proper ergonomics and handling of hazardous materials to prevent injuries, damage to products or equipment and avoid environmental contamination. Many of the same tools and processes that are utilized in DJO's "lean" operations, including kaizen blitzes, failure analysis metrics and visual instructions are utilized in the EHS programs.

A key indicator of DJO's success in improving workplace safety is the downward trend of recordable injuries and illnesses. Known as the OSHA incident rate, it is a commonly used metric that serves as a benchmark against other industries or companies for comparing year-to-year performance. Steady improvement in managing employee safety over the past several years has driven the incident rate consistently below the manufacturing industry’s average. One direct financial measure of the impact from reducing injuries is a dramatic drop in the company's workers' compensation insurance costs.