Safety first at Etex: we do our utmost to make sure all our employees go home safe and sound without injuries. Our aim: zero accidents worldwide.
As a result of these and other efforts, the frequency rate of accidents has decreased each year: from 21.3 in 2008 to 1.9 in 2016.
Our safety framework
We rely on a formal set of guidelines to establish safety standards and frameworks. At the same time, we focus on every single one of our employees’ responsibilities. This is clearly reflected in our safety motto: “Safety is key, it’s up to you and me.” Our employees across the world have embraced this principle. Often, our safety logo is one of the very first things they see when arriving at work.
We work ceaselessly on three safety domains:
- Machine safety: We are currently further improving our machinery safety in line with the European Machinery Directive. Even if these machines are used outside Europe, we make sure those stricter regulations are applied in each of our factories to guarantee a high protection level of our workers.
- Procedures: we have established strict safety procedures, which are essential to avoid accidents. We invest in many safety programmes and training courses to ensure these procedures become a daily routine.
- Behaviour: we raise awareness on how we all should remain cautious. Acting responsibly sets a great example for others. In addition, we encourage constructive feedback. Our people are encouraged to report any unsafe situation and near misses.
Towards zero accidents
We continuously hone our safety policy, by fine-tuning our targets and taking new measures. One ambition never changes: our zero accident goal. We are on the right track but we need to continue our efforts. Year after year, our global number of accidents and frequency rate have been dropping. In 2016, 77% of Etex companies were accident-free.