Health and safety

Measurement indices for the trend in accidents

Sofidel believes in the promotion of health and safety as one of the critical factors for the sustainable development of its staff and business and also as a significant contribution to raising the level of health of society as a whole.

Accordingly, Sofidel has drawn up a specific policy in which it recognises health and safety at work as a primary value without which it is not possible to plan sustainable, effective and lasting developments. To achieve this objective, Sofidel has adopted a health and safety management system in accordance with the BS OHSAS 18001 standard, and, from 2019, with the international ISO 45001 standard, through which it is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its employees and all other stakeholders who interact with the company. During 2019 the Sofidel UK Lancaster and Leicester and Intertissue Baglan plants migrated their management systems from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001. The protection of workers, contractors and visitors is ensured by constant monitoring of the working environment, by implementing the best safety standards on machines and plants and by implementing training programmes and information activities. To this end, careful attention is paid to the choice of personal protection equipment (PPE) in order to constantly check its efficiency and continually improve its effectiveness so as to ensure ever better levels of protection and comfort. During 2019, the "Leadership in Safety 4.0" project was developed, providing specific training on communication for managers in charge of prevention and prevention. "Leadership in Safety 4.0" will be disseminated in the coming years across all Group countries. The health and safety culture is spread by communication activities, participation and consultation within the workplace. In 2019, audits were carried out by the corporate Health & Safety unit to spread the culture of safety from a technical and procedural viewpoint, as well as to promote Health and Safety at Work Management Systems. Every year, the Group offers training plans in all its companies: in 2019, 27,362.28 hours of training were delivered on health and safety topics.

The training sessions mainly concerned, for both new recruits and existing employees, aspects required by national legislation, such as job-related risks and the resulting sector-specific prevention and protection measures and procedures, use of work equipment, management of emergencies and fires, first aid, organisation of company prevention and the rights and duties of the different company figures. In addition to compulsory training, specific training sessions were provided on issues related to the adoption of active and healthy lifestyles, such as proper nutrition, physical activity, combating harmful alcohol consumption and other addictions, tobacco smoking and road safety. In addition, on-the-job training and safety awareness programmes are defined at plant level for each category of worker. Sofidel’s partnership with the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA) continues, with membership of the new two-year campaign (2018-2019) focused on hazardous substances, with the aim of raising public awareness and promoting a culture of prevention in the workplace throughout the whole of the European Union, as well as being addressed to specific categories of workers. 72% of the Group’s employees are represented by Health and Safety Committees, made up of management representatives and workers’ representatives at plant level, so that workers are aware of and involved in the dissemination of the relevant policies.

Measurement indices for the trend in accidents

Sofidel monitors the trend in accidents in the different plants through a series of indices, the most important of which are the Frequency Rate12 (FR) and the Severity Rate13 (SR). Measurement of these data is not broken down by male-female gender as most of the female staff work in the offices and the division therefore has little significance for statistical purposes.

12. Frequency Rate (FR): number of accidents/hours worked x 1,000,000.
13. Severity Rate (SR): days of absence due to accidents/hours worked x 1,000.

FREQUENCY RATE (FR) AND SEVERITY RATE (SR) FOR GROUP COMPANIES BY COUNTRY (accidents with absences of 3 or more days)
Country FR SR
2019 2018 2017 2019 2018 2017
Belgium 8.42 4.07 8.22 0.63 0.07 1.49
France 24.07 17.07 22.64 1.17 0.51 0.42
Germany 30.24 37.23 33.42 0.65 1.29 1.36
Greece 0 10.32 0.00 0 0.08 0.00
Italy 10.14 13.00 10.09 0.28 0.22 0.27
Poland 18.20 20.54 29.67 0.39 0.31 1.30
Romania 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Spain 25.12 32.49 37.37 0.60 0.66 0.81
Sweden 7.81 17.26 17.34 0.21 0.16 1.13
Turkey n.d. 9.30 13.82 n.d. 0.06 0.06
UK 8,96 3,80 6,00 0,34 0,50 0,11
Hungary 16.85 16.78 30.32 0.50 0.61 1.90
USA 4.21 3.42 n.d.* 0.13 0.17 n.d.*
TOTAL SOFIDEL GROUP** 12.36 12.90 16.26 0.38 0.40 0.60
* n.a.: data not available.

** Sofidel Group's total values for the Frequency and Severity Rates were calculated as a weighted average of the data collected (number of accidents, days lost, hours worked), not as the arithmetic average of the individual Country Rates.

For completeness of reporting, the following are the total values for accidents with absences of three days or less and commuting accidents.

These data are reported as a whole since, given the small numbers involved, they would otherwise be insignificant.

Frequency Rate (FR) and Severity Rate (SR) of Group companies for accidents with absences of less than 3 days* FR SR
2019 2018 2017 2019 2018 2017
TOTAL SOFIDEL GROUP 2.26 -1.17 0.57 0.005 0.002 0.001
Frequency Rate (FR) and Severity Rate (SR) of Group companies for commuting accidents* FR SR
2019 2018 2017 2019 2018 2017
TOTAL SOFIDEL GROUP 1.44 1.52 0.45 0.029 0.036 0.003
* Excludes US data for the years 2018 and 2017.

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