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Initiatives for a culture of prevention

The development of a culture of prevention, health and safety, and the integration of safe behaviors within the working environment is pursued at Fiat Group through investments in training programs and awareness campaigns.

Within the framework of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Safety pillar, dedicated organizational structures plan and implement awareness campaigns, as well as educational and training initiatives.

These activities focus on the importance of safeguarding health and safety, complying with policies and procedures, and promoting appropriate prevention behaviors across all organizational levels and roles.

Health and safety training

Fiat Group worldwide (thousands)

Hours of training provided 1.184 1.079 699
Employees involved in training activities 155 215 148
of which hourly 116 154 102

In 2013, the number of training hours on health and safety was 1,184,000, representing an improvement of about 10% compared with 2012 (1,079,000 in 2012), delivered to approximately 155,000 employees, including about 116,000 hourly employees.

The Organismo Paritetico Health and Safety (OPHS), established in 2012, thoroughly planned the health and safety courses of the Health and Safety First training platform. OPHS is a joint body in which Fiat S.p.A., CNH Industrial and trade unions FIM-CISL, UILM-UIL and FISMIC ensure the joint governance of training programs and relevant management activities, as well as propose solutions for critical workplace health and safety issues.

The goal of the Health and Safety First training platform is to provide an array of training courses developed and customized to real-life scenarios and needs within the Italian operations of the Group, particularly addressing managers and professionals in charge of safety, specialists (Safety Officers responsible for emergencies and first aid, etc.) and employee safety representatives.

Information campaigns aimed at increasing employee awareness of health risks and health care prevention measures continued in 2013.

The WELL initiative is accessible to web users worldwide on the company intranet sites (accessible as of year-end 2013 to approx. 42,000 employees). This initiative provides information on the promotion of good health habits and the prevention of minor illnesses, sensory impairment and future health problems. Other regular programs included those for the prevention of seasonal flu; campaigns against the spread of infectious diseases, with a focus on sexually transmitted diseases (particularly HIV; provided to approx. 19,600 employees and 7,700 external providers); and for the promotion of personal hygiene.

Counseling services are also available at Chrysler Group US facilities through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), whose purpose is to put employees in touch with professional counselors

when needed. The program provides an opportunity to discuss personal concerns and to easily access a variety of services to address stress management and other personal issues (i.e., depression and anxiety, substance dependence, family or financial troubles) or needs such as child care, eldercare and other concerns in balancing work and personal life.

The comprehensive Group-wide Health Promotion Program, developed and launched in 2012, continued throughout the year. The Health Promotion Program is based on experiences reported both inside and outside the Group, and follows the health and safety principles of the main international organizations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The four top-priority intervention areas used during the program’s first year remained:

  • screening and vaccination (including services such as blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol monitoring, as well as free vaccinations)
  • nutrition education initiatives (counseling on healthy eating in the workplace; healthier food options on the cafeteria menu)
  • promotion of physical activity (increasing options for physical activity through sports teams or clubs, and advice on how to increase daily activity levels)
  • smoking cessation programs (awareness campaign on issues related to smoking including long-term health risks; creation of smoking cessation groups).

In addition to Fiat Group’s Health Promotion Program, various other initiatives were developed and promoted locally over the years to inform, support and monitor employees as they strive to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.