Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Safety and Health
Wienerberger takes responsibility for providing safe working conditions and protecting the health of our employees. This focus was confirmed by the materiality analysis performed in the year under review as an aspect of special relevance. All normal capex and standard maintenance activities in our plants are always carried out in line with the health and safety needs of our employees.
Safety standards further developed for the entire Wienerberger Group
The Wienerberger safety initiative was launched in 2010 to implement Group-wide safety standards and thereby reduce the number of accidents. In 2014, the existing standards were further developed for the entire Wienerberger Group and activities undertaken within the framework of the safety initiative were stepped up. Measures were taken to strengthen employee and management involvement and greater emphasis was placed on direct accountability of the business units. Among other measures, specific targets were defined for each business unit. Based on the safety targets defined, e.g. reduction of accident frequency, specific targets and time schedules are agreed upon with each plant manager in the individual regions. Developments in the field of safety also have an influence on the variable salary components, especially for employees in executive positions.
Diverse initiatives within the framework of the Group’s safety standards
The Wienerberger safety standards call for the installation of occupational safety committees, the assignment of responsibilities and the introduction of comprehensive training. Moreover, every accident is documented in detail and communicated within the Division to ensure that the causes of the accident are understood and lessons learned. A toolbox of best practice examples is available to help plant managers select the measures best suited to reaching their goals. Investments in protective equipment were the first step in the implementation of the safety initiative and continue to be an important part of ongoing production optimization processes. However, based on the evaluation of accidents in the past, the focus remains on building awareness for safety among all employees as a mean of preventing accidents by making changes in working habits on a long-term basis.