Total Recordable Injuries and Illnesses

Concern for the safety and health of employees is deeply ingrained in DuPont culture. In 1802, E.I. du Pont broke ground along the Brandywine River near Wilmington, Delaware, for mills to produce refined potassium nitrate, or “saltpeter,” an ingredient in black powder and black powder itself. In a visible and dramatic example of his commitment to safety, E. I. built his house in the blast zone of the first mills. In so doing he put his family and property at risk – the same risk he asked his workers to accept everyday on the job. In 1811, the company’s first safety rules were put down in writing.

Over many years, DuPont has developed and formalized safety practices that have proved fundamental to the DuPont safety management system. These practices comprise the essential elements of safety, which fosters a culture that is centered on caring for people, driven by felt leadership, and delivers operational discipline.

Our central safety committee (e.g., the Responsible Care® Committee) and associated subcommittees have proved to be effective in carrying out company policy, disseminating information, and enlisting employees in the safety management effort and generating and sustaining interest in safety.

Today, we operate with a deep commitment to our core value of safety and health. We believe that all injuries and occupational illnesses, as well as safety and environmental incidents, are preventable, and for all of them we are “Committed to Zero.”

Below is a record of our safety performance, recorded as total injuries and illnesses per 200,000 hours worked.