The objective is always to have zero accidents in the workplace.
In 2015, the Group’s health and safety performance improved slightly. All units increased health and safety monitoring and implemented stricter safety routines. Altogether, the units developed their health and safety monitoring and reporting systems to increase the level of detail.
Despite well-anchored and systematic health and safety work, the high number of acquisitions challenges the ability to uphold a positive health and safety performance. It takes some time until a new unit is fully integrated and works and reports according to the Group’s guidelines.
Developments in 2015
- Regular Group safety meetings commenced involving the divisions with representatives from Human Resources and Operations to monitor and coordinate safety on a Group level more effectively.
- A broader perspective on health was adopted to work with wider workplace health issues beyond production health and safety.
- Tragically, one fatality occurred during the year in the form of a car accident. In response to the incident, a policy has been implemented ensuring that all company vehicles are fitted with airbags and relevant employees received highway risk awareness training.
A safe workplace
Each employee is expected to contribute to a safe work- place and the individual responsibility is the foundation of ASSA ABLOY’s approach to health and safety.
Each manager has the responsibility to identify risks, take proactive actions and facilitate the right behavior. This includes:
- Facility reviews
- Monitoring the use of safety equipment
- Ensuring that employees have adequate training.
The production units have their own health and safety committees, which include union representatives where applicable. The committees are responsible for:
- Reporting on health and safety performance
- Taking the lead on actions for improvement
- Following up so that adequate training takes place
ASSA ABLOY has identified that the Group’s health and safety risks are mainly related to:
- Cutting and crushing injuries
- Production-related noise
- Heavy lifting and traffic (these pose the biggest risks in service and maintenance)
Risk management is part of the everyday health and safety work at all units.
Learning from each other
ASSA ABLOY wants to utilize the knowledge and expertise that exists within the Group. One way to achieve this is to systemically share best practices through councils for different functional areas. Also, semi-annual internal reporting is made available to the entire Group on the basis that transparency leads to improvement.