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Safety at work remains a key priority

  • Safety remains a top priority for the sector. In the last ten years, the number of workplace accidents has steadily decreased in the chemical and life sciences industry.
  • According to the Occupational Accident Funds, the frequency rate* of accidents in the chemical and life sciences industry, including plastics and rubber processing, is estimated at 10.1 per million hours worked in 2013. This rate is nearly half the rate recorded for the manufacturing industry as a whole. Performance varies between sub-sectors.
  • Safe practices are also applicable to the sector’s contractors (including rigorous selection processes, evaluation before and after projects, frequent controls, etc). However, at this point in time, there are no reliable statistics covering workplace accidents for contractors.

* Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate is the number of lost time injuries occurring in a workplace per 1 million man-hours worked. Lost time injuries include all on-the-job injuries that require a person to stay away from work more than 24 hours, or which result in death or permanent disability.

Sector initiatives

Safety: always on the agenda at Indaver

Indaver favours a general culture of safe behaviour. Only by continuously working on safety one can provide the best protection for employees, sub-contractors and visitors. Safety is a subject that requires continuous attention, if only to prevent employees from falling into a routine.

Indaver currently has a group-wide campaign underway to increase safety awareness. The major elements of this campaign are: posters on safety themes in combination with safety toolboxes, branch visits by the International Management Team and the Regional Management Teams in order to encourage employees to discuss safety behaviour on the work floor in all openness, and last but not least, to call upon employees to put forward ideas for further improving safety. This approach is yielding results. The safety trend, which is based on the safety index and on the annual average number of incidents with injury, has shown an improvement over the last 3 years. 

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Solvay is aiming for maximum safety with ‘behavioural safety’

Employee safety is of fundamental importance. That’s why Solvay is investing heavily in safety at work and regularly organises training courses on the subject. Statistics on the number and type of accidents and incidents are continually followed up and analysed. One potential way to make further progress is to focus on employee behaviour, so-called ‘behavioural safety’. This is a programme encouraging employees to maximise safety at work. Solvay launched the POP programme (programme d’observations preventifs) at their site in Neder-over-Heembeek.

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The POP programme is based around a positive approach. It focuses on building awareness and aims to make employees aware of their own dangerous behaviour. Discussions then also take place with personnel around safe and unsafe behaviour. Thanks to this dialogue dangerous behaviour can be tackled preventively and a safe working environment can be created together.

Furthermore, by working constructively on safe behaviour, and in this way limiting the risks as much as possible, positive examples are developed which act as inspiration for other teams. These POP observations are reported in a simple on-line tool that can be accessed by all employees.

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