Health: a local focus


Contrary to the company-wide focus on safety, our health initiatives are monitored at the unit level and with limited input from Headquarters. For this reason, in 2016 we saw a large variety of local actions.

> In Brazil, we invest a lot in prophylactic and curative health programmes. In 2016 alone, 3,939 medical checkups and 298 psychological consults were provided. Furthermore, within the context of our extensive Eu Pratico Saúde plan (I Practice Health), launched last year to promote healthy attitudes in everyday life, in 2016 we invited the exhibit Vias do Coração to Timoteo. The exhibit’s nine stations offered a range of playful content and its interactive games proved to be a hit for both young people and adults. Most importantly, it fully succeeded in raising awareness about the heart and preventing cardiovascular diseases.

> In Europe, health-related actions often come from national or regional programmes or site initiatives. For instance, in 2016, an initiative of our Alloys & Specialties segment echoed the French national anti-smoking campaign. Similar actions were also launched in Italy and Germany. Psycho-social risks were covered in a multitude of different ways. In France, the Quality of Life at Work programme continues (see boxed text). In Germany, units have been holding anti-stress seminars for many years with the same expert firm. As a result of this ongoing effort, corrective actions are now regularly debated.

In Châtelet, the process started with a survey, organised in February 2016 in cooperation with the Walloon Authorities and the UCL University. Over 300 workers (a 51% rate) responded to the survey. Thanks to comparisons with other heavy industries, some positive points were confirmed (participation in decisions and autonomy, job interest, social support, etc.) and key weaknesses identified. In addition to the need to update our current safety policy in order to prevent serious accidents (which also have a substantial impact on the morale and overall well-being of teams), the survey also noted a need to improve our overall alertness and our ergonomics as related to computer work. In regards to alertness and our safety policy, improvements are expected to primarily come from our Safety and SAFE programmes. In addition, the daily commitment of all actors, including supervisors and unions, will further help prevent any decrease in alertness. Finally, as many workers are spending more and more time using computers and other screens, a special focus on ergonomics will be arranged.

Seeing all these best practices happening across the company, we are considering adding a centralised level of coordination, possibly via a five year roadmap.