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Veolia Health and Safety Week 2017: strong mobilization across the world

From 18 to 22 September, Veolia Health and Safety Week launched a number of initiatives around the world to raise employees' awareness about health and safety risks at work. An overview of the actions implemented on the 5 continents.


• In Morocco the Veolia teams organized "work-sites" in Rabat, and "work-schools" in Salé on the theme of working at height. Workshops on electrical hazards, lifting operations and working at height helped to raise awareness among employees.

• In Gabon, the teams worked on 5 themes: preventing drink driving, working at height, motorcycle hazards, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and food safety.

Middle East

• Prior to the Health and Safety Week, Veolia launched a safety perception survey among a representative sample of staff in the Middle East countries. The results showed that all employees recognize the importance given to safety standards. The 5 new high-risk standards were presented on all sites.
• In the United Arab Emirates, Veolia employees focused on loading and unloading waste and mobile scaffolding. Games were organized on the consequences of serious accidents, for example by limiting the movements of an arm or simulating loss of sight.
• The Oman teams conducted demonstrations on the use of chemicals, hazards related to lifting operations, working at heights, and wearing harnesses. One of the exercises highlighted the usefulness of wearing PPE, trying to break a watermelon with a hammer both with and without helmet, and observing the differences.
In the city of Sur, a fire drill was organized in conjunction with the local authorities.
• In Saudi Arabia, the presentation to the employees of the 5 new standards was supplemented by collective evaluation sessions and games relating to the risks involved.
• Veolia teams in Qatar participated in a game on the consequences of lifting operations in order to highlight the risks of serious accidents when safety standards are insufficient.
• In Bahrain, live demonstrations were held on safety procedures for the use of low-voltage electricity, mobile scaffolding, working at height and making plants safe.
• In Egypt, games and exchange meetings on the 5 new standards were held for employees.

• In Lebanon, Veolia teams participated in collective risk assessment sessions.



• In the Huizhou waste treatment plant in China, employees received training on the five high-risk activities: the use of electricity, high pressure water and hydroblasting, lifting operations, working at height, and securing installations. A quiz and knowledge tests were organized on the Shanghai Laogang and Heze Hongda sites.

• In Singapore, the emphasis was on awareness of working in confined spaces with urban cleaning teams. A toolbox was produced on working at height, high pressure water and hydroblasting, and lifting operations.

• The teams in Japan watched videos on the five new high-risk standards and organized a safety visit to the Green Loop plastics recycling plant in Shizuoka.

• In India, employees at the Nangloi water treatment plant received training on first aid and the five new standards. In Nilothi they attended a workshop on handling chlorine, and in Nagpur Pench IV they participated in a fire safety exercise.



In Australia, teams deployed a "no compromise" approach to safety and high risk management standards, with the help of posters, maps and a video

South America

Employees’ children took part in a video on the importance of "Always going home safe and sound".



• In Italy, the teams also produced a video with employees’ children on the precautionary measures to be taken with regard to health and safety at work.

• In Barcelona, Spain, employees were made aware about working in confined space, and produced “Casi Accidentes" posters 

• In Portugal in the incineration plant in Porto-Port'Ambiente, a simulation of an electrical accident highlighted the importance of the safety of the first aider.

• In Ukraine and Bulgaria, the five new standards were presented to employees. In Hungary, training on a driving simulator was provided. In Poland, employees took part in firefighting exercises and training on high-risk work, wearing PPE and preventing stress at work.

• In Finland, the staff completed an evacuation exercise at a power station.

• The teams in Belgium organized a visit to a swimming pool in Brussels with employees’ children to raise awareness about safety, and visits to the central heating plant in Louvain-la-Neuve, the Erasme hospital and the Brussels Museum of Fine Arts.

• In Germany, 85 employees learned about a well-balanced diet and physical activity (table tennis and cycling) in a sports complex; a safety visit was carried out in the Göttingen waste treatment plant.

• In the UK, the Think Safe project was launched with the slogan: "A second’s thought before acting could keep you and your colleagues safe." It will continue throughout the year.

• In France, two fun afternoons were organized at the Toulouse Pyrénées Regional Center and in Montpellier to introduce families to the safety requirements associated with the Group's businesses.
In Ile-de-France, safety messages were broadcast in 13 languages, representing the diversity in the Recycling and Waste Recovery activity.
80 employees in the subsidiary Sodi underwent approved training on a driving simulator. La Sade organized 1,000 safety visits both in France and internationally on falls from a height, work on networks, high pressure, lifting, securing installations and terrorism.
At the Veolia headquarters in Aubervilliers, employees attended conferences on high-risk activities and employee security in high-risk countries. They participated in the "risk-hunting" or "first aid" workshops.