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Our workplace: health & safety

In 2018 two colleagues passed away due to injuries incurred in a traffic accident in India. Our thoughts and sympathy are with their family, friends and colleagues.  

Following this tragic accident, the management urged all employees to always make road traffic safety a priority. 

BeCare: no harm to anyone @Bekaert

It is our goal to create a no-harm-to-anyone working environment at Bekaert. We commit to do whatever is necessary to eliminate accidents in the workplace.

BeCare, the Bekaert global safety program, is the way to do this. It focuses on creating an interdependent safety culture, promoting strong risk awareness, removing risk tolerance, and investing in the necessary tools and equipment to create a safer working environment.

BeCare aims to create a no-harm, risk-free working environment for all our employees and for anyone working at or visiting our premises. During an intensive training period, employees are acquainted with a comprehensive set of safety practices, learn to spot and deal with unsafe situations, and know how to contribute to creating a caring environment. BeCare has changed behavior in our plants and offices and in our meetings with our business partners.

In 2018, we further rolled out this global safety excellence program that we launched in 2016. By the end of 2018, more than 22 000 employees had received training. We plan to complete the process by the end of 2020

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Life Saving Rules

At Bekaert, we believe all incidents and injuries are preventable. In line with our BeCare safety program, and to put more emphasis on safety in specific situations, we introduced 10 Life Saving Rules at the end of 2018. The rules are simple do’s and don’ts in 10 hazardous situations that have the highest potential to cause death. They apply to everyone: employees, contractors and visitors. Abiding by these rules is a condition of employment and access to our sites. Following these rules and helping others to do so will save lives. 

As from January 2019, these rules will be rolled out across all Bekaert locations worldwide. Every employee will be invited to a training session hosted by the location manager. 

A healthy workplace

In addition to the BeCare initiatives to eliminate any safety risks, we also aim to create and maintain a healthy workplace for our employees.

At Bekaert we closely monitor the EU REACH regulation to confirm compliance. We are in contact with our suppliers to verify their REACH compliance in the supply process of raw materials. Furthermore, we identify substances of concern to start proactive phase-out programs. In case we identify important regional differences in hazard classification and exposure limits, we are committed to defining our own company-specific hazard classification and exposure limits which are to be followed if no stricter regulations apply. 

We monitor workplace conditions such as noise, dust and temperature and are defining and implementing a roadmap to make further improvements.

On 15 February, the “Centro Preventivo Integral Juan Kohn" was inaugurated in IdealAlambrec, Bekaert’s production plant in Ecuador. 

The new center is staffed by qualified professionals and equipped for cardiovascular and physical conditioning, muscle conditioning, manual therapy, mechanotherapy, cold/heat stimulation therapy, magnetic therapy, and massage, and includes a percutaneous electrolysis area.

International Health and Safety Week

In 2018, Bekaert organized its 11th International Health & Safety Week. All plants worldwide take part in this annual event. The theme for this year was “Expect the unexpected!” and focused on creating greater awareness about emergency preparedness and response. Emergency procedures were brought to everyone’s attention and Bekaert plants worldwide shared their best practices regarding emergency evacuations, first aid, incident management, and more. 
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During the International Health & Safety Week, a new video with safety guidelines for visitors was introduced in all our premises. The video explains our standard safety guidelines to visitors who enter our sites and is available in 17 languages. 

Safety related data

Bekaert holds a group-wide ISO45001 (former OHSAS) certificate. 

On average each employee received 8 hours of safety related training in 2018.

In 2018, both the Total Recordable Incident Rate and the Serious Injuries and Fatalities rate decreased compared to 2017. 

The Lost-Time Incident Frequency Rate increased compared to 2017. The BeCare roll-out schedule takes into account the incident history of the locations so that appropriate actions are taken with a risk and priority focus.

In 2018, we reported that 27% of the recorded accidents had the potential to lead to serious injuries, down from 40% in 2017.

It goes without saying that we want no fatalities or accidents with life-altering injuries to occur, ever.   

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Safety champions in consolidated plants

In 2018, 5 plants achieved more than 3 years without recordable safety incidents. 5 others achieved 2 years without recordable safety incidents and 7 plants were 1 year incident-free.