Occupational Health and Safety
Protection against respirable crystalline silica

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Internal Wienerberger survey in 2014

Since 2008, the European Union has collected comprehensive data on respirable crystalline silica from all industries concerned. This survey is conducted every two years via NEPSI, a shared online platform (Negotiation Platform on Silica). The NEPSI system collects data, inter alia, on potential hazards for employees, health checks, training, the distribution and use of personal protective equipment, and technical measures, such as the enclosure of production lines concerned. There was no NEPSI survey in 2014; the most recent one was conducted in 2013.

Standardized internal survey system of the Wienerberger Group

Wienerberger nevertheless continued to collect data from across the Group and conducted its internal survey via the standardized Wienerberger survey system. The main purpose of the annual evaluation of all Wienerberger companies is to increase transparency at Group level.

Stricter criteria applied to identify potentially exposed employees

The development of the core indicators of respirable crystalline silica for the Clay Building Materials Europe business unit shows that the percentage of employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica has increased. This can be explained by the higher level of granularity applied in data collection at the sites surveyed. The higher level of differentiation of the survey also resulted in a reduction in the number of potentially exposed employees undergoing health screening. It is satisfactory to note that the share of potentially exposed employees covered by monitoring of respirable crystalline silica has increased to 95.6%. The share of potentially exposed employees who have received training has risen to 93.8%. Moreover, additional technical and organizational measures were taken to reduce the volume of respirable crystalline silica released in order to diminish the danger to employees.

Core indicators on respirable crystalline silica for CBME 1
in % 2009 2 2013 3 2014 4
Number of locations reported 100.0 97.7 97.5
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica 72.5 80.2 87.8
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who are covered by particulate monitoring 87.6 91.2 95.6
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who have undergone health screening 98.4 96.4 93.6
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who have received training 92.1 93.0 93.8
Locations with technical measures to reduce the generation/dispersion of particulate matter 87.6 98.4 92.4
Locations with technical measures to reduce the generation of particulate matter 89.1 100.0 82.2
Locations with distribution and use of personal protective equipment 94.2 100.0 100.0
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who are covered by silicosis surveillance protocol 4 28.3

1 Clay Building Materials Europe Division (data for Russia not included)
2 Data for Norway and Switzerland included for the first time in 2013
3 Tondach Gleinstätten not included
4 Indicator included for the first time in 2014

Comparison with 2013 for CBME, Steinzeug-Keramo and North America

In 2014, data for CBME, Steinzeug-Keramo and North America (except Pipelife) were collected for the second time. As this first comparison with the figures of the previous year shows, the percentage of potentially exposed employees has increased and the percentage of potentially exposed employees covered by health screening has gone down at Group level as well. As stated above, this is due to a higher level of granularity in data collection. The share of potentially exposed employees covered by respirable crystalline silica monitoring has increased to 91% for the Group as a whole; the share of potentially exposed employees who have received training has reached 92.9%.

Core indicators on respirable crystalline silica at Group Level 1
in % 2013 2 2014 3
Number of locations reported 97.9 97.8
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica 75.5 83.2
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who are covered by particulate monitoring 89.4 91.0
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who have undergone health screening 92.6 89.1
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who have received training 89.8 92.9
Locations with technical measures to reduce generation/dispersion of particulate matter 98.4 93.2
Locations with organizational measures to reduce generation of particulate matter 100.0 84.2
Locations with distribution and use of personal protective equipment 100.0 100.0
Employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica who are covered by silicosis surveillance protocol 4 28.5

1 CBME (excl. Russia), North America, Steinzeug-Keramo
2 Data for North America and Steinzeug-Keramo included for the first time in 2013
3 Tondach Gleinstätten not included
4 Indicator included for the first time in 2014

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