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People FirstHEALTH AND SAFETY

Health and safety are priorities in an industrial company. That’s why we have set ambitious “Health and Safety” targets moving towards zero accidents and zero occupational diseases. Quantified objectives and detailed action plans are applied to all our plants and are accompanied by significant investments. For example, in 2018, they represented 3% of our total investments.


3%

investments to improve working conditions in 2018


2.6

TF1 for the group in 2018


0 accidents

since 2014 in Sparta, USA

HEALTH

OHSAS 18001 certification (a reference in terms of occupational health and safety management) has been renewed at all our sites and the audit results have enabled us to make further progress.

2018 saw the implementation of one of our firm commitments: to provide all our employees with healthcare in line with the best practices in their country of residence and financial protection in the event of a non-work-related accident. We are delighted to have set up a life insurance policy at the Verescence Somme site, the last site not to have one in place. We have also improved the health coverage of all our employees in France.

Numerous initiatives have been implemented around the world to combat MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders): frequent rotation on strenuous jobs, a warm-up program before taking up work in Spain, and the recruitment of an ergonomist for our French decoration sites.

SAFETY

As a sign of our commitment to safety, the losttime accident frequency rate (TF1) stood at 2.6 in 2018 and is in line with our objectives. We also have a plant in the USA that has been at 0 accidents for more than 4 years. By way of comparison, the frequency rate published by the French national health insurance fund shows a result of 23 for the French general social security scheme overall.

In 2018, to go even further, we introduced an analysis of “near misses” and the resulting “field” action plans at all our sites.

In both La Granja and Mers-les-Bains, a new technology for lubricating our molds is being deployed to improve the safety of this essential action. By the end of 2020, 100% of our production lines worldwide will be equipped.

 

FOCUS: WORLD CSR DAY 2019

10 years ago, Verescence launchedWorld Safety Day. Since 2017, this day has become a CSR day.

An event rich in meaning

As part of this day, we adapt the production in our plants so that 100% of our employees can be informed and trained on our CSR strategy, our safety standards and best environmental practices.

Raising awareness among all employees

Stands are organized with the active participation of our teams and stakeholders, to get people involved and encourage commitment. In 2019 we ran evacuation exercises, conferences on recycling and its implementation at our sites, and actions to raise awareness of water and energy consumption, etc.

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