18 september 2017

Veolia’s International Health and Safety at Work Week starts today!

All Veolia’s managers and employees are mobilizing to reinforce the safety culture on all the Group’s sites, worldwide. For the 3rd consecutive year Veolia’s International Health and Safety at Work Week, which involves all the Group's managers and employees, reaffirms Veolia's unconditional commitment to achieving health and safety excellence. In 2017 the focus is once again on "managing high-risk activities". It provides the opportunity to issue 5 new safety standards – now numbering 10.

Semaine internationale de la santé 2017

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.
 

Antoine Frérot

"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.


More

 > Veolia’s 2nd International Health and Safety Week (19 September 2016)
 > Health at safety at Veolia
 > Veolia’s CSR performance in 2016: guarantee a safe and healthy working environment