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Health and safety management

As part of the Group commitment to being a responsible employer, a safe and healthy working environment is considered a basic right that must be provided to all employees.

Choosing to operate according to the highest internationally recognized standards involves an integrated approach to the management of health and safety in our plants, factories and offices. The commitment to health and safety covers in fact not only company employees, but also suppliers, service providers and the communities surrounding Group sites.

Our Group takes action in many different areas:

  • the definition of common, uniform procedures for identifying and assessing risks
  • the application of robust safety and ergonomic standards in plant and equipment design
  • the promotion of safe behavior through training initiatives and awareness campaigns
  • efforts to assure a healthy work environment
  • the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

These responsibilities are formally outlined in the Health and Safety Guidelines, which define the Group’s commitment in every area of activity and location. The Guidelines are regularly updated by incorporating regulations, insights from specialized literature and needs reported by stakeholders inside and outside the Group. These updates ensure that the Guidelines remain a current source for  new requirements and developments in the field of occupational health and safety.

Integrated health management approach and systems are structured to prevent, and when necessary to assist, all workforce members and contract workers,  as well as their families and communities indirectly.

Main pillars of our approach are:

  • management of risk through continuous analysis of critical areas and adoption of a preventive approach for all key activities
  • implementation of a management system that conforms with the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 international standard
  • continuous improvement of working conditions through comprehensive risk analysis and assessment, formulation and implementation of corrective and preventive action plans, and continuous monitoring of health and safety activities and risk factors that may arise from the introduction of new substances, materials or technologies (i.e., nanomaterials, hazardous substances)
  • monitoring and analysis of the root causes of non-conformance, applying the tools of the World Class Manufacturing Safety pillar to prevent recurrences
  • active involvement of all employees in the improvement process by providing comprehensive information and targeted training
  • promotion of safety and prevention-centered conduct among employees
  • involvement of suppliers, dealers and other business partners in improving health and safety in the workplace and in their respective areas of activity.

Health and safety activities are organized both by in-company and third-party safety specialists who operate centrally and in the individual organizational units (plants and staff functions). Centrally, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) managers are responsible for defining health and safety guidelines, procedures and standards; locally, they support the EHS managers of each organizational unit of the Group in managing and implementing health and safety policies accordingly. Moreover, they are responsible for monitoring national and regional legislation, as well as rules and regulations related to health and safety. They are also involved in monitoring observance of the Health and Safety Guidelines and in the implementation of prevention programs. Coordination between the different regions and organizational units is provided through regular meetings worldwide addressing EHS, during which the key performance indicators are evaluated and areas for improvement are identified.

A dedicated IT platform monitors performance, and is updated constantly to help assess results achieved, as well as to share best practices, new ideas and successful experiences.