Occupational Health and Safety has always been fundamental to the operation of MYTILINEOS and a primary business goal.
As a responsible organisation, MYTILINEOS acknowledges its responsibility to ensure the best possible Health & Safety conditions in all its work areas, as well as the right of its employees and of third parties (business partners, clients, students and other visitors) to work in the company’s work areas or to visit them without exposing themselves to risks that could result in injury or occupational illness. MYTILINEOS also acknowledges that the elimination of accidents and occupational disease incidents at the workplace and especially at its production facilities, promotes sustainable, productive employment and decent work, while it also plays a decisive role in boosting its competitiveness.
Core elements of the MYTILINEOS Occupational Health and Safety policy:
MYTILINEOS continues to work ceaselessly in order to ensure the achievement of the target “ZERO ACCIDENTS AND ZERO OCCUPAIONAL DISEASES AT THE WORKPLACE”, which is one of the major challenges in the industrial sector and, therefore, in each one of the company’s Business Activity Units.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Commitment 3: Socio-economic contribution for a sustainable society
- Employee Welfare, 2nd topic: Maintaining the highest health and safety standards, aiming to safely send workers back to their homes after the working day and cutting the Total Recordable Incident rate2 by 50%
Principle 5: Pursue continual improvement in health and safety performance with the ultimate goal of zero harm
Guideline 5: Employment and Industrial Relations
MYTILINEOS recognizes that the best way to fulfill its main target and commitments in the field of Occupational Health and Safety, is to continually strive to create a unified culture through information, education and awareness raising of all employees.
The following is a brief presentation of the company's information and awareness practices:
The aim of this particular practice is for the Metallurgy Business Unit employees to become aware of the high priority that MYTILINEOS gives to safety at work, as because of the nature of their activities, they must incorporate it in their daily tasks. It was considered that the optimal way in which to engage them in promoting this aim, would be by implementing a series of educational and experiential activities. Thus, over a period of 10 days, more than 900 employees divided in groups visited four (4) specially configured training stations at the plant’s premises, where they learned about chemical and thermal hazards, the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment and, with the help of virtual reality, what to watch out for when working at heights, how to react in case of a load dropping, and how to spot “dead angles”. At the same time, an exhibition was organised of paintings of the employees’ children and posters made by employees and displaying important messages about effective safety solutions.
This initiative met with very positive responses, with employee satisfaction reaching 95%.
The accidents are the first cause of death and disability of children in Greece. MYTILINEOS, contributing to safety reinforcement in a broader social level, acknowledges that the most effective way to inform and sensitize children is through the Educational System. After parents, teachers are the ones spending more time with children and therefore know them well; they also know the particularities of the area they grow up. In this direction the company, since 2018, has been contributing to “Children Accident Prevention” program of the “Pediatric Trauma Care" non-profit organization by publishing specialised safety related brochures such as: “Trauma prevention at School”, “Trauma prevention at Home”, “Sports & Safety” and “ Beware of burns “, which are distributed to schools and local health units throughout Greece. An initiative that has so far informed more than 5,500 people (children, parents and teachers).
MYTILINEOS, in cooperation with the Road Safety Institute “Panos Mylonas” and the Safe Driving School of former racing driver Iaveris, organised a specialised training program on Safe Driving for its employees in Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos and Ag. Nikolaos, Viotia.
Under the guidance of specialist trainers, the program was organised in two sections: 1) basic training, which was addressed to all employees and combined theoretical training with a custom-designed experience using specialised simulators, where employees could check their reflexes under various driving conditions and also had the opportunity to experience a collision in which the car they drove also overturned, and 2) practical training, which took place in a special racing circuit for all professional drivers of the company.
For MYTILINEOS, the program’s objective was to raise the employees’ awareness of critical road safety issues and to help them to develop a responsible driving behaviour that will help prevent and avoid road accidents. More than 500 company employees participated in this initiative and, upon its completion, spoke about a major life experience, which forces drivers to behave more sensibly in order to reduce the likelihood of becoming involved in a road accident.
This practice aims to make safety a key component of each employee’s work attitude. As part of the Safety training of the Metallurgy Business Unit employees and in combination with their career advancement in hierarchy, their exclusive engagement in “Safety Missions” is foreseen for a specific period of time. The goal of the “Safety Missions” institution is for employees to be trained in safe work, away from their daily routine, by means of substantial in-service training which will enable them to incorporate a safe work approach into their overall work culture. “Safety Missions” are related with several topics such as: a) specific safety issues related to the employee’s job content/duties, b) projects concerning general safety issues (safety culture, CSR etc.) c) revision or creation of new work safety instructions, procedures and methods. Upon completion of a “Safety Mission” undertaken by an employee, the latter should be able to incorporate safety as a priority in his/her new duties. “Safety Missions” concern all newly recruited engineers and chief foremen, as well as all individuals moving up in the hierarchy. The duration of each “Safety Mission” ranges from one week up to two months, depending on the employee’s level in the hierarchy.
Upon its completion, a presentation of the “Safety Mission” takes place. Engineers and Chief Foremen make this presentation to the Health and Safety Steering Committee (HSSC) of the Plant. The HSSC is composed of all the Managers, the Occupational Physician, the members of the Health and Safety Service, the Heads of the Maintenance Departments and the Head of Continuous Improvement. The HSSC decides whether or not the specific Mission will be presented to Plant departments and if the implementation of the proposals resulting from it require the establishment of an Action Plan.
This practice won the Gold Award in the institution of “Health Safety Awards 2018”.
The Management of the Metallurgy Business Unit judged that the safety of employees is an issue that cannot be tackled only through inspections, work instructions and the application of rules and procedures. There is a need to raise awareness among employees using emotion as a trigger for effective thinking and acting regarding safety. In this direction, since 2014 until today, a specialised workplace safety campaign is taking place, using the innovative method of activating the brain's right hemisphere. According to the campaign’s concept, in order to raise awareness effectively, the right stimuli/messages must be provided to activate the right hemisphere of the employees' brain, which in turn mobilises imagination, creativity and emotion. This effort started with a search for ideas, followed by the photo shoot, image processing and printing and, finally, the placement of dummies and posters at various locations in the aluminum and aluminum production plant, combining the promotion of basic safety rules with the consequences of not implementing them. The campaign was carried out by a group of employees consisting of members of the Plant’s Health & Safety Committee, volunteer graphic designers and the plant’s HSE Department.
This practice won the Gold Award in the institution of “Health Safety Awards 2016”.