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Dirk Gyzels, Head of the Prevention Department at Inovyn Manufacturing Belgium in the port of Antwerp has won the ‘Prevention Adviser of the Year’ award 2019, primarily for his strong prevention policy focusing not only on his own employees but also staff of contractors, installers and technicians from maintenance and services companies.

Chemical company Inovyn produces chlorine, mostly as a raw material for major clients in the port of Antwerp, as well as related products such as sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. At Inovyn, contractors that carry out work on the site are fully involved in the company’s safety policy, ranging from work permits, to observation tours, from safety training to risk analyses.

Moreover, Inovyn strives for greater safety at all times, taking a critical look at existing habits and procedures. Improvement programmes have been developed on consistent management, the 20 principles of health and safety at work and in processes, Life Saving Rules, audits and behavioural observations. For example, a reward system has been introduced for the best observation of the month and a penalty system for contractor companies that violate any Life Saving Rule, with fines being donated to a good cause.

This is the eleventh time that the technology federation Agoria has awarded the accolade of Prevention Adviser of the Year. Previous winners include industry companies such as BASF, Borealis, Janssen Pharmaceutica and Total.