Our approach to health and safety is based on the idea of personal commitment and individual empowerment. We believe everyone has a right to return home safely every day and a duty to take care of themselves and those around them.
Our industry is getting safer. But many people still believe that injuries – or even fatalities – are an unavoidable part of what we do. Bofas-Sarl does not accept this view.
Mission Zero is our campaign to eliminate all accidents from our business by 2020. And when we say all accidents we mean all accidents – from serious injuries to minor incidents.
There are two main milestones on our mission to zero:
- By 2020 we will eliminate all accidents resulting in the loss of one of more shifts;
- By 2025 we will eliminate all accidents, of any severity.
We know this is a tough target. Achieving it won’t be easy. But, to us, there’s no more worthwhile goal than keeping all our people safe and well. To help us get there, we have launched a number of new initiatives, while improving existing ones.
Cultural change through communication
We believe communication is critical to creating the conditions for Mission Zero. It’s important that everyone understands our approach to health and safety – and feels empowered to play their part. For this reason, we have introduced ‘one-to-one safety commitment interviews’ for all new starters, including subcontractors. One of the key aims of this exercise is to encourage a culture of care and mutual respect by strengthening relationships between management and the workforce.
We all have a part to play in keeping our workplaces safe. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by being aware of the risks around us and taking action to address these. That’s why, over the past two years, we’ve increased our focus on the importance of reporting hazards and near-misses. This has led to a huge rise in the number of incidents reported – with over 36,000 recorded in the last 12 months.
A key priority of our Mission Zero agenda is the prevention of work-related illness. While there is clear evidence that employment can have a positive effect on personal wellbeing, poor health in the workplace can present significant safety risks. So, in addition to our more ‘routine’ occupational health provision, we’ve begun rolling out a range of wellbeing events across the business. These include education campaigns aimed at tackling lifestyle-related issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.