The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors is a priority for Drax and vital to our continued success. 

Our Approach

Our combined Group-wide Safety, Health and Wellbeing Policy outlines our OneSafeDrax vision and our commitment to everyone finishing their day of work safe and well. 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and colleague wellbeing is fundamental to our overall success. The Group policy, signed by the Chair of our Board and our CEO, sets out what we aim to achieve, and each business unit will reflect how they will enact this in their safety, health and wellbeing implementation statements. Together, we all share responsibility for the safety, health and wellbeing of ourselves and our colleagues. 

HSE performance is a standing item on the agenda of our Executive Committee, is reported at each Board meeting by the CEO, and reviewed regularly by each local management team. Group HSE performance is reviewed quarterly by our Group HSE Committee. Incidents and findings are shared across the Group via bulletins, focusing on preventative action to be taken to mitigate the risk of future occurrences. We are focused on continuous improvement and colleague engagement, incorporating colleague suggestions in our actions to improve safety. 

We introduced a balanced scorecard for reviewing HSE performance across the Group in 2021, incorporating both leading and lagging indicators for health and wellbeing, occupational and process safety and environmental performance. 

Safety Management Systems

We have safety management systems (SMS) in place to ensure safe workplaces for all our people. At our Generation sites, those systems are certified to ISO 45001. Work is underway to align all our Pellet Production sites to one HSE management system across the US and Canada. 

Our Customers and Corporate sites in the UK continue to implement a SMS, with a focus on continuous improvement in our health and safety culture and promoting wellbeing. 

We established our HSE Centre of Excellence with participation from the leads for HSE across our businesses, and each month we review serious incidents, collaborate on developing corporate requirements and share best practice. 

Health and safety performance

Each business unit reports monthly HSE performance, including TRIR. The Board receives monthly reports as part of the CEO report, which includes information on any incidents and tracks trends. We investigate all injury events, with particular focus on those with high potential, to ensure that root causes are established, and lessons are learned and shared across the organisation. 

In 2021, our TRIR was 0.22 per 100,000 hours worked, against a target of 0.20 (2020: 0.29 per 100,000 hours worked, against a target of 0.21). 

Drax Group Health and Safety
LTIR (1)
TRIR* (2)0.220.29*0.22
RIDDOR (3)765
Note: data include both employees and contractors.
(1) LTIR is the total fatalities and lost time injuries per 100,000 hours worked.
(2) TRIR is the total fatalities, lost time injuries and medical treatment injuries per 100,000 hours worked.
(3) RIDDOR is the number of incidents in the UK that were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in compliance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
* 2021 data subject to final assurance

Additional health and safety data is available in our ESG Data Supplement 

ESG Data Supplement 2021 

Process safety

Our Group-wide Process Safety Policy is focused on ensuring we identify and manage process risk to protect our people, assets, the environment, and the communities in which we operate. It also reflects our commitment to reducing the potential for a major accident, through the application of improved controls of plant, process, and the training and awareness of our people. We commit to the achievement of good process safety performance by adhering to industry best practices where practicable. 

Our Group Process Safety Policy sets out what we aim to achieve, and each business unit will reflect how they will enact this in their process safety implementation statements. Together, all colleagues share responsibility for ensuring the principles are followed as we collectively strive to achieve an incident-free process safety performance. 

Process safety performance is reported monthly to the Executive Committee. All process safety incidents with high potential are routinely investigated to establish root causes and enable corrective actions to be focused on preventing reoccurrence and lessons learned are shared across the Group.


We continue to build on our holistic wellbeing approach that is overseen by our Group HSE Committee. In 2021, we focused on four key areas: physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing, aiming to improve participation in our benefit and wellbeing programmes. 

We launched our Living Well newsletters to our UK and US audiences, which offers ideas and raises awareness of the rewards and benefits available to employees through our healthcare providers. Using key moments through the year, such as mental health awareness week, Menopause day and Movember, we featured special events, webinars and competitions with something for everyone to take away, recognising that wellbeing priorities are individual.