A strategic objective.

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 for:

  • Continual developments towards a safer working environment, based on assessing all aspects of safety at work and the associated systems, beginning with 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.

The department heads, managers and supervisors and all employees are committed to working in partnership to ensure the implementation and effective execution of the occupational health and safety programmes, in order to guarantee their own safety and that of their colleagues.

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 safety 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. In this framework, the sites in Italy, India and Vietnam have an Occupational Health and Safety Management System certified to OHSAS 18001 by an accredited certification body. The checks are carried out annually, and were once again concluded successfully in 2017.

In line with Health and Safety Management System requirements, the Group has identified safety training as the key driver for disseminating a culture and fostering a conduct focussed on safety leadership and for generating commitment and steering conduct.

Promoting health is another important aspect for Piaggio, and this is achieved based on two 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.

Italy

The year saw the implementation of two important software programmes dedicated to Health and Safety issues, in collaboration with the IT department:

  • Archiving and continuous updating of the Safety Data Sheets for the products and chemical substances used at the various sites. Access to these will be available to the entire corporate safety organisation, in accordance with their access credentials. It also enables an assessment of the chemical risk of a given product to be carried out using the ILO method [20];
  • Management of all aspects of health and safety (risk assessment, event management, risk reporting and foreman logbook, legislative compliance, audit & inspections, BBS, survey management & tracking register, company emergency plan, management of PPE, management of contractors, health surveillance, occupational diseases) and consequent reporting at global level.

The objectives that will be pursued with these projects are:

  • Maintaining legislative compliance;
  • Standardising the management of health and safety aspects and applicable KPIs at international level;
  • Strengthening control over the scheduling of programmes in order to achieve the objectives set;
  • Streamlining of reporting operations;
  • Increasing access to information by all stakeholders.

As far as procedural aspects are concerned, the tasks and duties of the various offices of the company have been clearly defined and the various responsibilities have been identified for the different flows that enable health surveillance and personnel training to be supervised, so as to guarantee legislative compliance. With this in mind, the close relationship between the “Training” body and the “Safety, Hygiene and Occupational Health” body continues,  enabling the design and development of courses that, in line with the deadlines and content envisaged by current legislation, correspond with the specific characteristics of the company whilst enabling learners to acquire greater awareness of health and safety issues.

[20] ILO - International Labor Organization is an agency that is part of the UN. The methodology referred to is a recognised around the world for the assessment of chemical risk.

Accident Frequency Index  [21] - Italy

Production sites20172016 2015
Pontedera1.41.52.4
Noale and Scorzè/Quinto0.31.11.4
Mandello del Lario0.00.51.6

[21] The Frequency Index is: FI = (No. of accidents * 100,000) / Hours worked.
The number of accidents is calculated considering only accidents in the workplace, excluding accidents reported pursuant to article 53 of Italian Presidential Decree no. 1124/65. Accidents as of article 53 include both commuting accidents and accidents not considered reliable (due to the lack of a specific, short-term external cause of the injury or the lack of a causal link).

The constant reduction of the injury frequency index in all the Italian offices of the company continued in 2017, reaching the “zero accident” milestone in the Mandello del Lario office [22].

[22] The severity index is greater than zero (in spite of the frequency index being zero), due to the fact that in the calculation of the frequency index, commuting accidents are not counted, while they are taken into account in the calculation of the severity index.

Accident Severity index [23] in Italy

Production sites20172016 2015
Pontedera72.582.173.1
Noale and Scorzè/Quinto6.323.665.5
Mandello del Lario32.29.419.5

[23] The Lost Day Rate is: LDR = (working days lost / hours worked) x 100,000. In calculating the Index, working days lost because of all events that resulted in absence from work were calculated; so accidents reported pursuant to article 53 of Presidential Decree no. 1124/65 (commuting accidents and accidents not considered reliable due to the lack of a specific, short-term external cause of the injury or the lack of a causal link) were also considered.

In this case it is also possible to detect a positive trend; at the Mandello del Lario site, the Index tripled as a result of accidents not related to work activities (commuting accidents) that occurred involving some workers.

Vietnam

The main priority of the company is the compliance with local laws, international health and safety standards and Piaggio Group policies. In this framework, it guarantees that objectives to improve occupational health and safety are pursued through an Occupational Safety and Medicine unit.

In accordance with Group guidelines, suppliers and external companies that operate at the site are contractually bound to comply with occupational health and safety policies, respect Piaggio Vietnam procedures and programmes, and observe the instructions given to them. Any breach thereof is a breach of the contract and sufficient reason for the termination of the same; in the interests of improvement, the company organises specific safety courses for “contractors” in order to raise standards regarding these issues.

For this purpose, a Safety Committee was established involving all members of the various functions and chaired by the production manager. The Committee members are responsible for managing any safety-related issues within their functional area and for taking the required corrective actions. They also conduct periodic audits of the entire site and report to the committee on all relevant aspects regarding safety, so that corrective actions may be promptly taken.

In order to effectively implement general health and safety regulations, a programme of activities is defined each year, based on operating plans, that are updated on an ongoing basis.

In parallel with training and awareness-raising activities, we have implemented a number of initiatives aimed at building a culture of safety and at raising the awareness of employees and their families on this issue; among these we highlight “Safety Awareness”, “Nutrition Day” and the health check-up for employees and family members.

The Piaggio Vietnam Team also won the first prize in the “Vinh Phuc Firefighting Competition”.

Lastly, it is worth highlighting the improvement of the company security system through the installation of technological equipment (video cameras, gate metal detectors, etc.) around the site perimeter.

Accident Frequency Index in Vietnam

 20172016 2015
Vietnam0.180.180.31

Accident Severity Index in Vietnam

201720162015
Vietnam7.922.433.43

The increase in the severity index in 2017 has been affected by the nominal increase in the number of accidents, which went from 3 in 2016 to 5 in 2017.

India

In order to guarantee the highest occupational health and safety standards, the Indian subsidiary has an organisational structure that operatively involves the “Occupier” (employer), which is a single person for 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 include Executives, Managers and White Collars. The Safety Committee meets at regular intervals to plan, revise and discuss action plans necessary to establish and disseminate a safety culture in the work place among employees. The presence of a Health & Safety team guarantees that the entire system may operate effectively. 

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.

In 2017, workplace safety training was provided to employees in order to increase individual awareness of safe behaviours to be applied, both in normal operating conditions and in emergency situations.

Alongside the training and awareness-raising activities, a number of initiatives were introduced to reward and reinforce exemplary behaviour. For example, this year once again, to mark the Safety Week held from  4-11 March 2017, prizes were awarded to the winners of various competitions (Best Area for Safety Deployment, Safety Posters, Safety Quiz Competition).

Safety culture dissemination programmes involving employees (such as Employee Medical Check-up) have also been implemented.

Accident Frequency Index in India

 Plant20172016 2015
Engine & Commercial Vehicles0.00.00.01
2W India0.00.00.0
Spare Parts0.020.00.0

It should be noted that where the injury index is indicated as zero, this indicates that no accidents at work occurred at this plant in the reference year.

Accident Severity Index in India

 Plant20172016 2015
Engine & Commercial Vehicles0.00.01.09
2W India0.00.00.0
Spare Parts4.100.00.0
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