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Veolia Health and Safety week: together towards zero accidents

Veolia has organized a World Health and Safety Week for the first time, which ran from 21 to 25 September, on the theme of "Working Safely Together". Health and safety at work is a strong commitment that the Chairman and CEO of Veolia, Antoine Frérot, reiterated when visiting the Bonneuil-sur-Marne site in France.


Objective: "zero accidents" for all the Group’s employee

The purpose of the World Health and Safety Week is to remind everyone about the basic rules of Veolia’s "Always Safe" program and to circulate them. The rules are based on setting a good example, situation analysis, training at all levels, sharing of good practices and respecting discipline. They are intended to ensure that all the Group’s managers and employees understand and embrace a set of principles and good safety practices on a daily basis. It is essential that everyone is involved in order to improve both Veolia’s prevention culture and its performance, and to achieve the goal of "zero accidents”.


Antoine Frérot, Président-directeur général de Veolia

"Each of us can do more to prevent accidents at work and occupational sickness, and to encourage safe habits. Together we can build an exemplary culture of risk prevention and of health and safety at work," stated Antoine Frérot.


All over the world Veolia employees have been mobilizin

  • In the UK, a short film was made especially for the Health and Safety Week in which a Veolia employee talks about his accident at work and shares the lessons he has learned.
  • In North America, all Veolia employees received a film by email reminding them about the safety rules necessary to achieve the goal of "zero accidents".
  • In Latin America, workshops were organized in all the countries in the region to emphasize the need to report incidents and near-misses in order to improve risk management.
  • In China, managers presented the "Always Safe" rules to their teams and committed to implementing concrete actions, which are displayed in the Beijing and Hong Kong offices.
  • At Veolia’s headquarters in Paris, each day employees were able to participate in five "Safety moments" workshops. 

Veolia Health and Safety Prevention has five cornerstones:

Involving every member of the line management, training all employees and encouraging them to be proactive, improving communication and dialogue, improving risk management, and monitoring health and safety performance. 


Key safety figures[1] in 2014 

The accident frequency rate was reached 11.7 (down by 7% compared to 2013)

17% of lost-time workplace accidents compared to 2013

58% of Group employees underwent training in safety in 2014

More information:

> Veolia’s Corporate Social Responsibility performance   
> Veolia’s sustainable development Commitments


[1] Source: Veolia’s key figures for 2014