Safety

Safeguarding and improving the health and safety of workers is integral to the Piaggio Group's operations and strategic within the framework of its more general objectives. This principle is valid and adopted in all countries where the Piaggio Group operates. In particular, the Group has taken concrete actions for:

  • continual developments towards a safer working environment, based on assessing all aspects of safety at work and associated systems, beginning with planning new activities or reviewing existing ones;
  • safer conduct through education, information and awareness of all workers, to enable them to perform their duties safely and to become accountable with respect to Health and Safety at Work.

Health prevention and protection for workers in such a complex industrial context as the Piaggio Group, both in Italy and abroad, can only take place through an adequately structured organisation which specifically aims to foster as far as possible a safety "culture" within the company. Therefore, the belief that safety must focus on conduct and daily operations is today disseminated at all levels. This approach has led the Piaggio Group to adopt safety management standards that are very similar in all countries where it operates, regardless of whether legal constraints are not as strict as company standards. In this framework, the sites in Italy, India and Vietnam have an Occupational Health and Safety Management System certified to OHSAS 18001 by an accredited certification body.

In line with Health and Safety Management System requirements, the Group has identified safety training as the key driver for disseminating a culture and fostering a conduct focussed on safety leadership and for generating commitment and steering conduct.

Promoting health is another important aspect for Piaggio, and this is achieved based on two areas of action: free testing and information campaigns on healthy lifestyles. Each Group site has a health unit for prevention, surveillance and first aid, manned by specialist medical and paramedical staff.

Italy

In November 2016, Piaggio & C. SpA was audited in view of renewing its certification of the Health and Safety Management System for the Pontedera, Noale, Scorzè, Mandello del Lario facilities and the warehouse of Quinto di Treviso. The re-certification audit was successful and also led to an extension of the scope of certification to the offices of Milan, Mantua and Rome.

In the course of 2016, upon completion of the reorganisation of the health and safety at work management system started in 2015 and based on the identification of different levels of responsibility, the sole Health and Safety Representatives were identified for the Noale, Scorzè and Mandello del Lario sites.

In order to further strengthen the new organisation, a parallel review was started with respect to the company health training and surveillance procedures, as well as on the issues of technical and professional verification and of cooperation and coordination of external providers that have to perform activities within the production areas.

Given the close relationship established between the “Training” and the “Safety, Hygiene and Occupational Medicine” bodies, we were able to activate a series of innovative courses for Area Maintenance workers, aimed at raising awareness on health and safety issues and at encouraging a proactive approach to the multiple activities to be performed routinely.

Accident Frequency Index  [1] - Italy

Production sites 2016 2015 2014
Pontedera 1.5 2.4 2.5
Noale and Scorzè 1.1 1.4 0.6
Mandello del Lario 0.5 1.6 1.2

[1] The Frequency Index is: IF = (No. of accidents * 100,000) / Hours worked.
The number of accidents is calculated considering only accidents in the workplace, excluding accidents reported as of article 53 of Presidential Decree no. 1124/65. Accidents as of article 53 include both commuting accidents and accidents not considered reliable (due to the lack of a specific, short-term external cause of the injury or the lack of a causal link).

The three industrial sites in Italy showed a reduction in the accident frequency index for the year 2016, which reflected increased awareness of Supervisors and Workers on safety issues and increased number of inspections carried out in the production areas.

Accident Severity index [1] in Italy

Production sites 2016 2015 2014
Pontedera 82.1 73.1 130.8
Noale and Scorzè 23.6 65.5 22.4
Mandello del Lario 9.4 19.5 49.6

[1] The severity index is calculated as Ig = (working days lost / hours worked) x 100,000. In calculating the Index, working days lost because of all events that resulted in absence from work were calculated; so accidents reported pursuant to article 53 of Presidential Decree no. 1124/65 (commuting accidents and accidents not considered reliable due to the lack of a specific, short-term external cause of the injury or the lack of a causal link) were also considered.

In the Pontedera production site, the Severity Index in 2016 was broadly in line with the previous year. In the Mandello del Lario facility the Index dropped by 50%, taking into account the only accident occurred in 2016. As for the Noale Scorzè / Quinto facilities, the index fell significantly and was back in line with the figure for the year 2014 and earlier.

Vietnam

The main priority of the company is the compliance with local laws, international health and safety standards and Piaggio Group policies. In this framework, it guarantees that objectives to improve occupational health and safety are pursued through an Occupational Safety and Medicine unit.

The persons in charge, all managers and supervisors, and all employees ensure and cooperate towards the implementation and effective enforcement of safety and health programmes in the workplace, to safeguard their own and their colleagues’ safety.

In accordance with Group guidelines, suppliers and external companies that perform works at the site are contractually bound to comply with occupational health and safety policies, respect Piaggio Vietnam procedures and programmes, and observe instructions given to them. Their violation is a breach of the contract and sufficient reason for termination thereof. The company organises specific safety courses for “contractors”.

In addition, a Safety Committee has been established involving all members of functions and chaired by the production manager. The Committee members are responsible for managing any safety-related issues within their functional area and the required corrective actions. They also conduct periodic audits of the entire site and report to the committee on all relevant aspects regarding safety, so that corrective actions may be promptly taken.

In order to effectively implement general health and safety regulations, a programme of activities is defined each year, based on operating plans, that are updated on an ongoing basis.

In parallel with training and awareness-raising activities, we have implemented a number of initiatives aimed at building a culture of safety and at raising the awareness of employees and their families on this issue; these include for example “Run for Safety”, “Safe Riding Competition” and “Nutrition Day”.

There has been a company medical centre at the Vinh Phuc site in Vietnam since 2013, with nurses and a doctor who monitor general health problems, offer check-ups and provide medical Frequency Index - Vietnam assistance in first-aid situations. During 2016 a special software has been acquired to record accesses and activities, in order to monitor and stratify data and identify actions /areas for improvement.

In 2016, the facility was successfully audited in view of renewing its certification of the Health and Safety Management System.

  2016 2015 2014
Vietnam 0.2 0.3 0.1

India

In order to guarantee the highest occupational health and safety standards, the Indian subsidiary has an organisational structure that operatively involves the “Occupier” (employer), which is a single person for various production sites who has responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees in the work place, Factory Managers and a Safety Committee comprising 20 members that include Executives, Managers and White Collars. The Safety Committee meets at regular intervals to plan, revise and discuss action plans necessary to establish and disseminate a safety culture in the work place among employees. The presence of a Health & Safety team guarantees that the entire system may operate effectively.

The persons in charge, all managers and supervisors, and all employees ensure and cooperate towards the implementation and effective enforcement of safety and health programmes in the workplace, to safeguard their own and their colleagues’ safety.
In line with the Group’s approach, a great deal has been invested in training over the last few years as a main driver to increase each employee’s accountability in relation to safety and, consequently, to promote their proactive approach and involvement in safety issues.

In 2016, training was provided to employees on safety in the workplace, for a total of about 5100 hours, in order to increase each person’s awareness on how to safely carry out activities, both under normal operating conditions and in emergency situations (fire fighting).

Alongside the training and awareness-raising activities, a number of initiatives were introduced to reward and reinforce exemplary behaviour. For example, again this year, as part of the safety week celebration held 4-11 March 2016, awards were handed out to the winners of various competitions (Best Area for Safety Deployment, Safety Poster, Safety Quiz Competition).
Programmes for the spreading of a safety culture were also implemented, involving both the employees (Employee Medical Check-up) and the local schools (Medical Health Check-up, Road Safety and Fire Fighting Training).

In 2016, the facilities were successfully audited in view of renewing the certification of the Health and Safety Management System.

Frequency Index  - India

  2016 2015 2014
Engine & Commercial Vehicles 0.0 0.08 0.3
2W India 0.0 0.0 n,d

The accident rate was zero in 2016 as no occupational accidents occurred during the year.

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Last update: 04/24/2017 17:11