Health and safety

Focus on our employees

Our approach

Healthy employees are the basis for being successful. It strengthens our ability to compete in the global market and our performance for the benefit of our customers. Therefore, we continuously strive to improve occupational health and safety conditions for all our workers and employees.

For us it is obvious to offer our employees the highest standards in terms of health and safety for their work environment. Therefore, our employees are of course employed in accordance with the legal employment standards applicable in the countries in which we operate. Our general health and safety conditions and further legal and ethical commitments are incorporated in our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.

In each plant a Safety Officer is responsible for occupational health and safety. Jungbunzlauer’s Management Committee has issued a Health, Safety and Environment Policy, which aims at reducing health and safety risks for our employees to the minimum. The policy is reviewed and updated every five years and the compliance with policy guidelines is monitored continuously. Risk analyses are performed and plants, processes and projects are regularly assessed. The risk analyses are generally conducted based on our ISO certifications. Certification systems e.g. as represented by the SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits) are in place to ensure adherence to our high standards.

All Jungbunzlauer production sites and offices adhere to a high standard of social responsibility and take effective steps to prevent accidents and injuries to employees by setting clear and binding standards which are controlled by regular internal and external inspections. SMETAs are conducted every three years. Furthermore, internal safety audits are performed on a regular basis and results as well as corrective actions are published in a quarterly report on our intranet. We have implemented various initiatives to continuously improve working conditions, e. g. the Kaizen approach.

Whether health and safety topics are covered in agreements with trade unions depends on the country. For example, this is not the case in our production sites in Austria, France and Germany, since health and safety topics are already covered by national legislation. However, for our production site in Canada, health and safety is covered by two different trade union agreements, which accounted for 60% of employees in 2020.

Responsible Care®

As a second initiative, we adhere to the Responsible Care® program.
This internationally recognised program considers environmental as well as health and safety measures. We publish an annually updated report which informs about the safe chemical management, facility response plans, alert plans and behaviour and contact persons in the event of an incident. This is also a basis for the implementation of effective improvement health and safety measures.

Our ambition

For us it is obvious to offer our employees the highest standards in terms of health and safety for their work environment. Jungbunzlauer provides a safe, healthy and hygienic working environment.

“Safety first” is a fundamental maxim that must be observed by each employee. Our ambition is to strive for zero accidents within our company.

Examples of safety measures implemented in 2020 in our production sites

  • Identification of tripping risk and improvement, installation of stairways and handrails

  • Protection against fall from height

  • New protective devices and protection of valves in the production

  • Improvements on labelling and splash guards

  • Additional ground marking to identify emergency exits easier

  • Forklifts with additional safety features (blue warning light, safety interlock at the door, automatic speed reduction for driving with raised forks, more visibility)

  • Handling trolleys for easier movement of equipment

  • Installation of additional sound source for fire protection

Key measures and evaluation

Measures Targets 2020 Progress and achievements 2020
LTIFRa LTIFR < 3 LTIFR = 3.1
Safety Audits Monthly safety walks and audits Internal inspections performed and actions implemented where necessary
OHSb Management System Safety training for each relevant employee Training for all external workers Safety trainings done and reported for each employee, who participated
Trainings conducted and documented

a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (number of injuries per million hours worked)
b Occupational Health and Safety


LTI rate per million work hours

Outlook

In order to achieve our goal regarding zero accidents, additional safety measures will be realised. Safety inspections will be continued and corrective and preventative measures implemented in all production sites.

Did you know?

The safety officers in Pernhofen, Austria have inspected 244 ladders in 2020 in order to assure safety while using them.