Aperam continuously strives to change mindsets in a sustainable manner.
In 2017, our lost time injury frequency rate remained stable at 1.4, compared to 2016. Although this performance is two times better than the industry average (2.87 as per ISSF June 2017 report for 2016), we continue to work hard towards achieving our ultimate goal of zero accidents.
Based on the principle that people must first believe in a philosophy before they will apply it, Aperam decided to roll out an educational roadmap on safety. Called SAFE, the roadmap is aimed at all workshop employees and their hierarchical lines. The initiative consists of a five day onsite, full-time programme that is supplemented by a number of technical modules using state-of-the-art training tools/methods. The programme demands dedicated trainers, committed leaders, strong organisation from the plants and the flexibility to adapt to shift planning.
Launched in ‘beta’ mode in 2016, full rollout started with the programme’s first phase later that same year. This five day training week is composed of six sections featuring a mix of learning methods, including lectures, classroom exercises, shop floor training, team field assignments and debriefings. The learning objective is to ensure that learners recognise hazards, speak up and commit as leaders and employees.
In 2017, we recorded 35,000 hours of training provided by 20 trainers to some 1,000 trainees across Aperam - and the rollout continues with very positive feedback from the SAFE trainees: " Initially, when registering for the SAFE training, I thought ‘one week: it will seem an eternity!’ But that’s not how it feels at all." and " I will take it again - and I really recommend everyone to take it."