Environmental Health & Safety

Employee Leadership Helps Achieve Industry Leading EHS Results

The results we've seen and the progress we continue to enjoy comes down to a single factor - our people. The employees of LSC Communications understand that safety and environmental protection is part of what each of us is supposed to do every day, every hour on the job. The dedication of our people to their own safety, the safety of their coworkers, and to the environment, is why we've seen higher and higher performance every year.

At LSC Communications, we strive to continuously improve our safety and environmental performance. We do this by ensuring we have the programs, practices, and resources to help us protect our employees and visitors, and in preserving our environment. It means we want to achieve zero injuries and zero environmental incidents. We start with a corporate EHS Policy applicable to all worldwide locations and that defines how we manage Environmental Health & Safety at LSC Communications.

We won't be satisfied as long as any employee is hurt and we won't stop working to reduce our impact on the environment.


Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

(October 1, 2016)

LSC Communications is dedicated to adopting responsible business activities that are consistent with our reputation for integrity. Accordingly, LSC Communications commits to:

  • Strive for an injury free workplace;
  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate;
  • Managing environmental aspects of our business to effectively and efficiently utilize natural resources where it is technically and economically feasible;
  • Manufacture, source, and distribute products that meet all applicable safety regulations; and
  • Utilize management systems to promote continuous improvement.

The Corporate Responsibility & Governance Committee has overall responsibility for endorsing the policies adopted with regard to Environmental, Health, and Safety and shall review this policy annually.


Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems

To pursue our goal of zero injuries and zero environmental incidents, LSC Communications has developed and implemented a comprehensive plan-do-check-act EHS management system worldwide.

The comprehensive management system LSC Communications has developed enables us to effectively control our global EHS impact using a model consistent with well-accepted international management standards. In addition to the LSC Communications EHS Management System, several of our facilities have earned external certifications, including OSHA VPP, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. For a description of these certifications and to find a certification listing of specific facilities, please visit our External Certifications page.

Safety Management Systems

OSHA VPP and OHSAS 18001 specifications guide safety management programs.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) encourages companies to voluntarily improve their occupational safety and health programs.

Candidates for VPP include companies with:

  • effective safety and health programs
  • injury and/or illness rates lower than the industry average
  • managers and employees who work together to prevent accidents and eliminate hazards

Only companies that demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety and health that goes beyond OSHA standards can participate in VPP.

OSHA assesses applicants against performance-based criteria through a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. Sites that make the grade must submit annual self-evaluations to OSHA and undergo periodic onsite VPP reevaluations to remain in the program.

LSC Communications locations that have received VPP status can be found on our External Certifications page.

About OSHAS 18001

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has developed a safety management system called the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS). This specification gives the requirements for a safety and health management system without stating specific performance criteria. As with ISO 9000 and 14000 systems, this specification provides the framework for continuous improvement.

Sites that pursue OHSAS18001 are those that wish to:

  • use a systems approach to eliminate or minimize risk to employees
  • continuously improve safety and health performance
  • assure and demonstrate to others conformance to our EHS Policy
  • have an independent third-party certify its management system

LSC Communications locations that have received OHSAS18001 certification can be found on our External Certifications page.

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Our Results

Certifications, Environmental and Safety Rates and Awards

External Certifications

Our External Certifications page will provide you with a consolidated list of which sites have received certification for ISO14001, VPP, and/or OHSAS18001.

Environmental Rates

Environmental Rates Often Go Beyond Government Standards

At LSC Communications, we've made great strides in reducing environmental emissions and conserving natural resources. Our goal is for our operations to meet all government-set standards globally. In many cases our performance goes well beyond what is required of us. The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available database which contains information on releases and other environmental activities at certain industrial sites. This inventory was first established under the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and expanded in 1990. The chart below shows how LSC has continued to improve our performance with respect to the volume of regulated releases. From 1987 to the currently available 2016 data, LSC has reduced releases by over 87%.

Safety Rates

Outstanding Safety Records Mean Employees Are Able To Work and Support Their Loved Ones

Our Health & Safety results mean the most to us because they help us to measure how well we are keeping our employees safe. While we report our numbers as a rate (which helps us to standardize our global reporting with the U.S. Government method for calculating injury rates), what they really come down to is the number of people who are hurt. Lower rates mean fewer injuries and more people are able to work and support their loved ones. Traditional "temporary" (or subcontracted) employees are also included in these numbers. In the charts below you can see our continuous improvement in our Health and Safety rates over the past several years. These numbers tell a great story, but we still believe we can do better!

Recordable Case Rates

The "Recordable Case Rates" is a rate, per 100 employees, of the number of times an employee received treatment beyond basic first aid for a work-related injury or illness (a "case").

Restricted Duty Case Rates

The "Restricted Duty Case Rates" is a rate, per 100 employees, of the number of times an employee was assigned to another job on a temporary basis; OR worked at a permanently assigned job but could not perform all duties normal connected with it; OR worked at a permanent job less than full time because of a work-related injury or illness (a "case").

Days Away Case Rates

The "Days Away Cases Rates" is a rate, per 100 employees, of the number of times an employee would have worked but could not because of a work-related injury or illness (a "case").