Safeguarding and improving the health and safety of workers has always been integral to the Group’s operations and is a strategic commitment which is positioned among the Group’s more general objectives. This principle is valid and adopted in all countries where the Group operates. In particular, the Group has taken concrete actions in order to enable:
- Continual developments designed to create a safer working environment, based on assessing all aspects of safety at work and the associated systems, to be launched when planning new activities or when 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.
All employees guarantee and work together to put in place effective occupational health and safety programmes, to safeguard their own safety and that of others.
Prevention and protection activities to safeguard the health of workers in a complex industrial context like the Piaggio Group, both in Italy and abroad, can only be achieved through an adequately structured organisation which specifically aims to foster a “culture” of safety within the company. Therefore, the belief that prevention must focus on behaviours and daily activities is today disseminated at all levels. This approach has led the Piaggio Group to adopt very similar safety management standards in all the countries in which it operates, regardless of the presence of less stringent regulatory constraints with respect to the Group’s standards. From this perspective, the sites in Italy, Vietnam and India have an Occupational Health and Safety management system certified by an accredited body. Audits are conducted annually and were successfully completed in 2020.
All workers, consultants and suppliers who enter the Group's sites are required to comply with this management system which provides for internal and external audits on compliance with procedures adopted.
Promoting health is another important aspect for Piaggio, and this is achieved based on two main 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.
To respond to the COVID-19 emergency, Piaggio has adopted measures to ensure social distancing, the sanitization of workstations and communal areas, taking people’s temperature at the site entrance, the adoption of specific PPE (e.g. distribution of masks and sanitizing gels), as well as the introduction of smart working.
This activity was supervised by local anti-Covid committees monitored at Group level.
The health emergency caused by the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the introduction of organisational, procedural and technical measures to prevent contagion in the workplace, as per the company protocol signed with the company trade union representatives for each site and in line with the "Shared regulation protocol for measures to combat and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the workplace" between the Government and social partners.
Corporate control committees have also been set up to monitor the adoption of rules to combat and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the workplace, with the participation of company trade union representatives and workers’ safety representatives (RLS) at each site.
At the same time, specific strategies to contain the virus were defined in collaboration with competent doctors for people who tested positive or were suspected to be positive (nose/throat swabs, company contact tracing, etc.).
The implementation of the SAP EHSM IT tool dedicated to the management of health and safety aspects was also completed during the year.
Frequency index32 - Italy
Injuries that occurred at Italian sites in 2020 are mainly attributable to behavioural causes such as distractions, inappropriate behaviour, failure to comply with procedures.
No injury lasted longer than 6 months.
As regards external companies operating at the Italian production sites of Piaggio, in 2020, 1 injury was recorded for the Pontedera site only (6 in 2019 and 7 in 2018).
Severity index33 – Italy
33 The severity index is calculated as Ig = (working days lost / hours worked) x 100,000. The index is obtained by considering only accidents at work of employees and temporary workers (or similar).
Accidents occurring in 2020 refer to employees of the Group with the exception of one accident involving a temporary worker.
There was no fatal injury in Italy in 2020, similarly to what happened in 2019 (1 fatal injury in itinere in 2018 in Pontedera).
Occupational diseases in Italy
(*) To date, the outcome from INAIL concerning occupational diseases reported in the year considered is not known.
Occupational disease claims received in 2020 mainly refer to presumed pathologies from bio-mechanical overload of the upper limbs and from the manual handling of loads.
In 2020, health and safety were one of the main priorities for the company, especially with a view to the pandemic.
In order to guarantee the highest occupational health and safety standards, the Indian subsidiary has an organisational structure that operatively involves the “Occupier” (employer), a single person across various production sites who has responsibility for the health, safety and well-being of all employees in the work place, Factory Managers and a Safety Committee comprising 20 members that includes executives, managers and office workers.
The Safety Committee meets at regular intervals to plan, revise and discuss action plans necessary to establish and disseminate an awareness and safety culture among employees in the workplace. The presence of a Health & Safety team guarantees that the entire system may operate effectively.
To deal with the pandemic and ensure the effective adoption of anti-Covid protocols and preventive measures, a Safety Committee was set up in which members of all company functions participate and audits were carried out on a daily/weekly basis to ensure that this Committee can promptly adopt specific corrective actions.
Numerous surveys and situation assessments were carried out with the effective implementation of health and safety protocols across the organisation.
A priority for the Company was the strict compliance with central and local government regulations relating to the prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
To this end, the Company began to work with a primary hospital in Pune, for the preparation and assessment of health protocols and a consultation service by a specialist doctor was made available to employees at the Pune office.
All employees participated in e-learning / information activities on the anti-Covid measures followed, which are binding for entry to the company, and frequent awareness sessions were held on the conduct to adopt.
Specific prevention measures were adopted for workers at higher risk of infection (e.g. frail workers and the over 60s).
Employees were given the chance to take out additional medical insurance for any medical/hospital expenses incurred due to Covid-19.
To facilitate the management of potential symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the situation arising from the Covid-19 emergency, a virtual counselling service was also made available for employees and their families provided by a company specialized in compliance with privacy regulations.
To raise a greater awareness among workers of safety in the workplace, initiatives have also been organised involving family members, such as: the “Safety Week”, and the “Environment Celebration Day”.
Comprehensive risk assessments were carried out to help identify and mitigate occupational risks related to mental health.
In line with the Group's approach, a great deal has been invested in training over the last few years as a key driver to increase employee accountability in relation to safety and, consequently, to promote a proactive approach to and engagement with safety issues.
Frequency Index - India
Severity index in India
Accidents that occurred in 2020 refer to non-employees (temporary workers).
The number of occupational diseases reported at Indian sites was equal to zero and reflects the Piaggio Group’s commitment to achieving the objective of guaranteeing healthy workplaces.
In line with previous years, there were no fatal injuries in India in 2020.
The main priority of the Company this year was the preventive management of the risk from Covid-19, in addition to maintaining the usual health and safety targets.
A series of risk containment measures were implemented at the Vietnamese plants (face mask, maintaining distances, hand washing, spraying disinfectants, rotation of work shifts, etc.) which made it possible to avoid infection from Covid-19 in the workplace.
A Committee was set up to manage all issues relating to safety at work and the preventive measures adopted to minimize the risk of infection from Covid-19.
The protocols adopted were subject to periodic internal audits so that the Committee could promptly identify the necessary corrective actions. An external assessment was also conducted on the aforementioned H&S management model, with a positive outcome.
The planning of H&S activities was reviewed to ensure the achievement of established objectives. For example, to reduce the risk of gatherings, some internal events were postponed to avoid people gathering.
Frequency Index - Vietnam
Severity index in Vietnam
In line with previous years, there were no injuries in Vietnam in 2020.
Compared to the considerable national trend, the number of occupational diseases reported at the Vietnamese site was equal to zero and reflects the Piaggio Group’s commitment to achieving the objective of guaranteeing healthy workplaces.