Veolia’s International Health and Safety at Work Week has the goal of deploying 10 management standards for high-risk activities and ensuring that they are understood by all employees.
"These 10 high-risk activities specific to our businesses must be controlled wherever Veolia is located. 2017 Health and Safety Week is an important lever in taking up the zero accident challenge," explains Veolia Chairman and CEO Antoine Frérot.
5 new management standards for high-risk activities:
► The use of electricity can cause serious injury or prove fatal for operators. Veolia has laid down strict procedures to prevent exposure to these risks and prohibits all work on low and high voltage, except in exceptional cases.
► High pressure water and hydroblasting can cause serious injury and illness. The related management standard applies to high-pressure water jets with a power of more than 5000 bar.l / min.
► Lifting operations consist of lifting and moving a load with a high risk of serious injury or health problems for operators that may cause disability or disabling disease. The management standard for lifting operations applies to any use of cranes, winches and all lifting equipment and devices.
► Work at height may lead to falls, a major cause of serious injury and death. Heads of operational units have a duty to ensure the application of the standard and the legislation in order to eliminate or minimize the risks.
► The control of hazardous energy: the objective of this standard is to avoid injuries due to the use or release of energy during cleaning or maintenance operations. The standard aims to isolate the machines from the dangerous energy sources (chemical, electrical, gravitational, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, radiating, thermal, etc.) to protect from the risk being run.
"The Group's responsibility is to ensure the physical and psychological integrity of all its employees, with the objective of "zero accidents”. Every accident is analysed in order to improve our risk management by identifying good practices and pooling the expertise of our three businesses," confirms Frédéric Goetz, Executive Vice President Health and Safety.
During the Health and Safety Week a guide to deploying the 10 management standards for high-risk activities is being published and distributed to the entire Group.