At ERM, we take our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace very seriously.

We believe that the ongoing health and safety (H&S) of everyone involved in and impacted by our work, including ERM employees, clients, contractors, communities and the public, is paramount and forms the foundation of our license to operate.

As part of this responsibility, we recognize that our daily actions, whether we are working in office locations, remote project sites, industrial facilities or active construction sites, require diligent and comprehensive planning and management to achieve our ultimate goal of ZERO harm. To help us achieve this goal, we track a number of indicators, which help us identify improvement opportunities for our approach and processes at a local, regional and global level.

These indicators, which are outlined in this section, are shared with our employees, managers, Partners, the Executive Committee and our Board in a thorough and timely manner.

In FY14, we continued to see year-on-year improvement in our headline indicator of incident frequency, TRIR (Total Recordable Injury/Illness Rate). This improvement is a reflection of the focus we place on keeping our people safe.

The focus on mandatory training for new starters within a specified number of days of joining ERM has continued to be a key priority for ERM. During FY14, we achieved 93 percent compliance with this objective. As we go forward, we will continue to focus on ensuring our employees understand our behavior-based safety program and overall safety culture as soon as possible upon joining the firm.

Other key initiatives during the year included significant investment in additional professional expertise on travel health and the continued development of our global Safety Management System (SMS). We have retained the services of an industry-leading tropical health medical doctor as well as hired a full-time Occupational Health Manager. These two highly skilled professionals will allow us to provide timely information to employees traveling to different geographies, improve the consistency of our risk assessment processes and provide us with timely access to recognized specialists.