Health and safety in the workplace

A common objective, eliminating risk in the workplace

Safety in the workplace is the core focus of the Group’s human resources policy. In 2010, PSA put in place an ambitious and active initiative on workplace safety involving all Group employees, beginning with the Executive Committee and service providers. All members of personnel have a stake in safety results. The Group has put in place personal targets for managers and also made this criterion part of profit-sharing agreements.

Group policy on health and safety in the workplace is based on the deployment of the Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSM) system. All sites are committed to this structured approach, which has already demonstrated its efficiency in the four years since it was set up. Zero accidents in the workplace is the only acceptable target for the Group, which believes that efficient development demands the safety of all employees.

The OHSM standard seeks to assess, track and control risks at all levels of the company, from the design of a new product, process or installation, through to the assessment of each workstation. Prevention and continuous improvements in safety are also key components of the OHSM system.

PSA Group has decided to focus on five key areas: preventing musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial risks and chemical risks, and developing efforts to identify high-risk behaviour.

Health & safety in the workplace depends on everybody

All those involved in the life of the Group are encouraged to share three core behaviours in the field of workplace health and safety: lead by example, remain vigilant, and ensure a swift response.

Everybody is involved:

  • employees are responsible for their own safety and contribute to improving their working conditions; their awareness is raised through information, training and management,
  • management implements the OHSM road map; its role is to enforce safety rules, to take account of suggestions to prevent risk and to take measures to eradicate any risk situations,
  • labour and management representatives take part in the deployment of the OHSM system and are involved in prevention measures,
  • external suppliers are required to comply with the safety rules applicable in Group facilities.

Today, we are seeing real progress in the results of this workplace health and safety policy across all activities and all departments, illustrating the Group’s long-term commitment to improving all these indicators. The frequency of lost-time accidents has fallen significantly, from 4.63 points in 2009 to 1.19 points in 2013. The Group plans to maintain this process, targeting both individual and collective behaviour in order to durably transform the in-house safety culture. Today, the shared ambition is to cut the lost-time accident rate (for both employees and temporary staff) to one point.

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1.78 points in 2012 compared with 2.42 points in 2011 = frequency of lost-time occupational accidents.