Safety at work, workers’ health, the maintenance and improvement of work environments have always been our main drivers and the foundation of our policies, in a vision that considers safety a strategic and development factor for the Company.
Every single action of the Group is carried out with the health and safety of all workers in mind, whether they are employed by the Group or by subcontractors. The wellbeing of the individual lies at the center of each Company dynamic, in the awareness that safety is the right of all and the duty of everyone and it cannot be done without dialogue and collaboration.
In 2010 the Chief Executive Officer signed the first Safety Policy with the aim to underline that the Group puts safety first and foremost when adopting its strategies.
To ensure the health and safety of workers, we have drawn up the Health and Safety Policy, integrated with the environment. Policy is binding for all Fincantieri employees and it is addressed to all suppliers. It is shared, in particular, through the coordination activities carried out continuously in the various production sites.
In order to control the processes, each production unit has constituted the Quality, Safety and Environment Committees, which meets periodically, is overseen by the management of the production unit and composed by the people reporting to management, as well as those quality, health, safety and environment managers.
HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
We continued the implementation and consolidation of management systems in the field of health and safety at work in our operating units, with the aim of supporting the implementation of the Policy carried out by the Company.
Health and safety at work certification in compliance with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 standards covers all the Italian productions sites.
The adoption of a management system in accordance with the highest international standards involves analysis of the risks for all those involved in the production process, whose involvement is also pursued through joint inspections in the different areas of the site.
The US site of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, already previously certified in compliance with OHSAS 18001, has planned to migrate its health and safety at work management system to the ISO 45001 standard during 2020.
The VARD group obtained OHSAS 18001 certification for the VARD Braila, Tulcea yards in Romania and the VARD Vung Tau yard in Vietnam. All the VARD yards are aligned to the SA 8000 standard which is based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Vung Tau yard is also certified).
We have implemented specific guidelines and procedures to define the entire process of assessing company risks, in particular those related to Health and Safety at Work. We constantly monitor the elements of risk present through environmental surveys and define specific prevention and protection measures, guaranteeing adequate monitoring which, within the protocols, provides for:
• Periodic medical examinations
• Specialist investigations
• Diagnostic examinations
As part of this process, also with a view to promoting personal well-being, meetings are held at each site with employees and Workers' Safety Representatives also to identify any sources of work-related stress.
By analysing the results of the meetings and the valuation of specific company indicators, the consequent initiatives to reduce risk (e.g. training, organizational measures) are defined, where necessary.
The risk of work-related stress, together with all the specific risks present, is dealt with in company training courses.
Consistently with the contents of the Policy regarding the use of chemical products, suppliers are also subject to stricter constraints than those provided for by existing legislation and regarding the use of substances with less of an impact on health, safety and the environment.
The good results in safety at work, as evidence by the frequency and severity indexes, are due to the cultural growth and professional development of the resources employed in the business processes and the result of initiatives undertaken for a long time.
The trend in accident data and indices for employees and contractors is monitored on a monthly basis, both at company and individual site level, and is the subject of internal dissemination.
The same data is analysed with all Site Health & Safety Managers during periodic coordination meetings for each consequent initiative.
In defining the objectives associated with variable remuneration, the performance of the individual production units in terms of Health and Safety at Work are reference parameters compared against the company's best practices.
Training, information and prevention
Training, information and a prevention culture are essential values for the Company.
We are committed to continuous improvement initiatives which include the introduction and constant updating of information and training tools, as well as the methods and timescales for implementing them.
FINCANTIERI SUPPORTING SAFETY AT WORK CULTURE
FINCANTIERI S.p.A. and INAIL (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing a safety at work culture and at implementing activities and projects to systematically reduce accidents and occupational diseases. The Memorandum followed on from long-term cooperation and defines the scope and implementation methodologies of the activities aimed at protecting the health and safety of workers:
- production process analysis, with respect to the risks related to processing in the shipbuilding industry and in particular those risks arising from interferences of the activities of internal and external resources;
- monitoring of the health and safety management system in place for contact work;
- evolution analysis of the accident situation;
- analysis of the near-miss mapping model, those events which potentially can cause accidents;
- identification and implementation of new training and information initiatives aimed at promoting a culture of prevention.
TOWARDS ZERO INJURIES
The project, consisting of various action plans, has involved – at different times – Company employees as well as those of subcontractors integrated in the production process.
In this context, monthly “on the job” meetings have been scheduled directly in the workplace to deal with common risk situations and prevention methods. The initiative, called Active Safety is an information and training activity that involved all workers: both directs and subcontractors employees.
TOGETHER IN SAFETY
A new tool has been made available since January 2018 that is aimed at protecting human resources and promoting correct behaviour, including from an environmental perspective: Together in Safety. This is a training video, also aimed at employees of subcontractors (a user catchment of around 30,000 people), which is watched when people enter the Group's production sites for the first time.
Like Towards Zero Injuries, VARD has implemented Vision Zero project, which aims to reduce the risk of any kind of accident, both for people and the environment.
Further initiatives have been implemented:
• using the Safety Observation tool to report any anomalies found;
• reporting health and safety indicators at the monthly management meetings;
• organization of an internal accident prevention week;
• monthly discussions on health and safety (required by law in Brazil);
• electing an internal commission for the prevention of accidents;
• the internal distribution, based on the Group’s guidelines, of a booklet with the ten golden rules for health and safety at work.
EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN USA
The US subsidiaries have maintained a high commitment to safety and the environment and have received numerous awards for excellence. In 2019, Fincantieri Marinette Marine won the Safety Excellence Award and the Safety Improvement Award, both recognized by the Shipbuilders Council of America. The National Safety Council has also certified Fincantieri Marinette Marine for achieving one million consecutive hours worked without injury or illness. Fincantieri Ace Marine has developed and launched the SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, Manage) programme that involves the employees and aims to promote a pro-active vision of health and safety in the workplace.
FOCUS ON: TOGETHER IN SAFETY
Among the goals behind the initiative is to transmit greater awareness of the logistics and operating context in which the individual is going to work for the consequent reduction of interference risks that can arise in situations of concomitant workings.
workers: both in-house and sub-contractors
video clips for a total of 810 minutes of raw footage
HSE managers involved in the project
versions of the video course: 10 languages x 10 production units
possible interference risks
recommended prevention and protection best practices
WHICH OBJECTIVES DO WE HAVE ON THIS TOPIC?
Health and safety in the workplace: 2018-2022 Sustainability Plan objectives and targets
Continuous improvement of the health and safety conditions of workers
Obtain ISO 45001 certification
Move from the current OHSAS 18001 certification to the ISO 45001 standard. ISO 45001 certification defines the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Management System
100% of Italian yards certified
Minimise risks, improve levels of health and safety at work, improve the Company’s image, reduce insurance premiums and financial guarantees where required
Work in progress
Initiatives to engage subcontractors (workshops, “last metre”) on issues associated with health and safety
Develop a project to engage subcontractors on issues of health and safety management
75% of the population that can be informed in Italy
Improve awareness and management of health and safety for subcontractors’ workers
Work in progress
Health promotion to disseminate healthy lifestyles
Develop a project to promote health in the workplace aimed at disseminating healthy lifestyles and preventing illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, strokes, etc.
75% of the population that can be informed in Italy
Reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, reduce turnover, facilitate hiring and promotion of a positive image and one attentive to employees’ needs
Work in progress
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