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.
All employees guarantee and work together to put in place effective occupational health and safety programmes, to safeguard their own and others' safety.
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 prevention 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. From this perspective, the sites in Italy, Vietnam and India have a certified Occupational Health and Safety management system; the Indian site is certified to BS OHSAS 18001, while Italian and Vietnamese sites are certified to ISO 45001:2018 by an accredited certification body. The checks are carried out annually, and were once again concluded successfully in 2019.
In line with Occupational 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.
During the year, implementation of the SAP H&S IT application continued, with the assistance of the Information Technology department. This software is dedicated to managing Health and Safety aspects and covers the following in particular: risk assessment, health surveillance, managing deliveries of personal protective equipment, overseeing audit management processes, reporting, managing tracking notes. Modules currently being developed will be implemented and closed during 2020.
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 reporting operations;
- Increasing access to information by all stakeholders.
Frequency Index28- Italy
28 The frequency index is calculated as If = (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. Pursuant to Article 53, both commuting accidents and accidents not considered reliable (due to the lack of a violent cause or lack of a causal link or lack of work activity) are reported.
Severity index29 in Italy
29 The severity index is calculated as Ig = (working days lost / hours worked) x 100,000.
Occupational diseases in italy
(*) To date, the outcome from INAIL concerning occupational diseases reported in the year of reference is not known.
Number of fatal accidents in Italy
(a) An accident occurring while commuting
As regards external companies operating at Piaggio's Italian production sites, 6 accidents were recorded for 2019, only regarding the Pontedera site (7 in 2018 and 3 in 2017).
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 includes executives, managers and white collars. The Safety Committee meets at regular intervals to plan, revise and discuss action plans necessary to establish and disseminate an awareness and 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.
Frequency Index - India
Severity index in India
Occupational diseases in India
Compared to a considerable national trend, the number of occupational diseases reported at Indian sites was equal to zero and reflects the Piaggio Group’s commitment to achieving the objective of guaranteeing healthy workplaces.
Number of fatal accidents in India
The main priority of the company is compliance with local laws, international health and safety standards and Piaggio Group policies. In this framework, it guarantees the achievement of objectives to improve workers' health and safety through a dedicated H&S facility.
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 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.
Moreover, a Safety Committee was established involving members of all 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, a number of initiatives have been adopted aimed at building a culture of safety and at raising the awareness of employees and their families on this issue; these include: “Forklift safety”, “Road Safety Campaign”.
Frequency Index - Vietnam
Severity index in Vietnam
Occupational diseases in Vietnam
Compared to a considerable national trend, the number of occupational diseases reported at the Vietnamese site was equal to zero and reflects the Piaggio Group’s commitment to achieving the objective of guaranteeing healthy workplaces.
Number of fatal accidents in Vietnam
As regards external companies operating at Piaggio's Vietnamese site, no accidents were reported in 2019.