In this statement supplied to ERJ , Pirelli explains how it is continuously developing the safety culture across the group, with initiatives in areas such as behavioural analysis, metrics and communications:
Factory Safety: Pirelli advances safety culture on all levels
Pirelli strongly believes that its leaders play a strategic role in risk prevention. Their behaviour must therefore be an example for all employees. Management must make a clear, visible commitment to safety culture in order to achieve the ambitious aims that the group has set itself.
From an industrial point of view, this objective is pursued through investments for technical improvement of work conditions, while constantly insisting on the cultural and behavioural aspect of all company players.
In 2013 the company signed a global agreement with DuPont Sustainable Solution in support of the management system outlined above, with a special focus on a standard approach to behavioral safety in the group.
The programme began in 2014. In 2015 the programme has been extended to all the group’s production sites. A specific steering committee, presided over by the operations general manager, was activated to monitor the progress of the programme.
The company continues to reinforce and consolidate the behaviour-related aspects of safety culture has maintaining and developing the focus on leading indicators.
Measuring what preventive measures should be implemented and how this should be done, rather than lagging indicators, namely reactive indicators such as the number or frequency of injuries.
Communication and sharing information play an important role in internal dissemination of the safety culture. This is accomplished with monthly newsletters, and the periodic publication of significant events through the traditional channels of internal communication.
Some of the most important areas of intervention of the programme “Excellence in Safety” are in fact related to the improvement of the organisational structure, the clarity of the tasks and roles, empowering workers and improving communication in the organisation.
The programme further encompasses the sharing of objectives, motivation with respect to a common strategy: all substantial issues for a work environment that is psycho-socially appropriate and challenging for all employees.