“The people who work for and with Aperam represent the heart of our Company, and nothing is more important than their Health and Safety.

Our priority, as a Leadership Team, is to lead the entire Aperam community - managers, workers, unions and subcontractors - towards a sustainable and safe Aperam. My promise to all of our stakeholders is that we will make no compromises in this respect.”

 

 

Timoteo di Maulo

Aperam CEO

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Safety: Our N°1 Priority

Aperam continuously strives to change mindsets in a sustainable manner.

In order to live up to our promise of becoming a sustainable safe company, we make sure that health & safety guides all our actions and we continue to work on programs to support health and well-being of our employees.  This ambition is being reflected in our health & safety roadmap, structured around 3 axes: 

  • Setting and implementing high Standards
  • Ensuring a performant and efficient health & safety organisation
  • Establishing a true health & safety culture with a high level of maturity and involvement of all Aperam staff

We are convinced that by implementing this roadmap we are on the way to becoming a sustainable safe company, ahead of competition.

Health & Safety Culture

Building and maintaining a positive health and safety culture helps us and our principal contractors to achieve common safety goals.

What is safety culture?

Simply put, health safety culture is “the way we do things around here.” It can also be described as assumptions, values, attitudes and behaviours related to safety which are shared by a group of people in an organisation. Safety incidents are often associated with failures in safety culture. It is widely accepted that a positive safety culture is vital to achieve excellent safety performance.

What is Aperam doing to improve safety culture?

We reviewed safety research, lessons from incidents in our industry, and consulted with our people to develop a framework that defines the critical behaviours that characterise a robust safety culture.
This framework helps everyone at Aperam understand the behaviours they should and should not display to play their part in strengthening our safety culture. 

Why do we focus on behaviours to improve safety culture?

Our efforts to improve safety culture focus on behaviours because we can define, observe and measure them. We also have the right tools and methods to understand behaviour and reinforce the behaviours we know foster a strong safety culture.

Health & Safety Standards

Together, Aperam’s corporate safety and health standards help prevent workplace accidents and fatalities. As these standards are only effective when properly implemented, we established our Fatality Prevention Standards (FPS) and Fatality Prevention Audit (FPA) as measures for ensuring compliance.

Health: A local focus

Due to the diversity of functions, conditions and personnel found across Aperam’s global locations, many of our health initiatives happen at the local level. This strategy ensures that all our standards are tailored to meet the unique health needs of our employees. As a result, every year we see a large variety of local actions happening at each of our units. 

Health & Safety Policy

Aperam is committed to providing a Safe and Healthy work environment for all of its employees, contractors and stakeholders and to comply with all existing local laws and regulations.

We commit to provide all the necessary resources, such as training, instructions, support and protections, to ensure everyone is properly equipped to work safely.
In turn, Aperam expects everyone to contribute to this safe and healthy work environment by adopting “My Code of Behaviour” as their own and strictly applying the “7 Red Rules”.
We are confident that adhering to this Health and Safety Policy WILL lead us to our goal of becoming a  “Sustainably Safe Company”.

My code of behaviour 7 Red rules

H&S Awards

To continuously enhance the safety of our sites, Aperam has internal initiatives aimed at promoting successful teams and sharing best practices. In addition to these company initiatives, in recent years many sites also competed in local challenges, including:

  • 2019 ISSF Safety Award Aperam was recognised with a Safety award at the ISSF Annual Awards ceremony for its “Leave your phone in your locker!” project. Read more
  • 2018 ISSF Safety Award (here). The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has awarded Aperam its Silver Safety Award. The award, which recognises Aperam’s successful SAFE programme, was awarded during a special ceremony held on 24 May 2018.
  • 2017 Health & Safety Awards. In our 2016 Sustainability Report we highlighted the work done by Aperam Genk to reduce accidents and improve controls and safety in transport fleets, with very significant results and some carriers banned. Since then, this programme won the second prize at our annual International Stainless Steel Forum, thanks to its multifaceted approach and engagement with all parties involved. As ISSF commented: ”This is a timely reminder that our safety programmes are not confined only to the plants, but extend outwards along the routes taken by our transport.”
  • GESiM’s Special Prize, won in 2016 by a 12 member delegation from the Gueugnon rolling mill for their idea on enhancing the process for changing grinding wheels for rectification.
  • The Regional and National Competition organised by the Polish Labour Relation Commission recognises the best safety conditions at work. This year, out of 17 pre-selected finalists, Aperam’s Poland Service Centre took home the prize.
  • German BGHW 2016 Prevention Award, given to our German unit for their "Safe working on factory roofs" project. The team was selected from 60 applications.
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