Workplace safety: an absolute priority

Nexans’ top priority is to guarantee its employees a safe work environment. In 2009, the Group launched a large-scale workplace health and safety improvement program. The objective of the program is to reduce the workplace accident frequency rate by 30% each year.

To achieve this target, Nexans wants to make each employee a key contributor to safety. All levels in the management chain are deeply committed to achieving this target.

The Group defined a continuous improvement plan based on three main points:

  • The systematic analysis of each time-off accident using the 8D method
  • The implementation of a targeted action plan in those Group plants recording the highest accident rates
  • The proactive development of the SQEC tool, a control board for workshop performance and problem management

The workplace accident frequency rate is one of the 10 key indicators of the monthly industrial performance management chart for each plant. The number of indicators has been extended and the sites must now also provide a daily report on all accidents without time-off, basic first-aid dispensed and near-miss (i.e., critical situations bordering on an accident).
Standards are rolled out to prevent the most obvious risks such as electrical tests, the use of forklifts and rotating machinery. At all its plants, the Group implements the main safety resources used in the field and defined as standards:

  • JSA (Job Safety Analysis): analysis of workstation safety
  • SUSA (Safe Unsafe Acts): an observational tool based on behavior
  • SQEC-proactive (Settle Quickly Eradicate Control): day-to-day processing of safety issues (dangerous situations and dangerous conduct) and immediate or longer-term approach to rolling out corrective action.

The Group has launched its shared accident declaration and analysis database called AMS (Alert Management System). AMS ensures higher quality information will be shared in real time among all parties concerned in order to prevent accidents from reoccurring.

The HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Team - composed of experts involving HSE managers from all geographical areas where Nexans operates - meets once a year to define the action plan, approve standards and establish the Group’s internal HSE audit process.

This commitment is paying off: the accident frequency rate has been divided by 2.3 in three years.

Workplace safety

Workplace safety graph
  1. Number of accidents with time-off per million hours worked
  2. Number of days off per thousand hours worked

2nd world safety day

On June 16, 2015, more than 25,000 employees were involved in World Safety Day at 160 Group sites. Best practices were shared locally and on a virtual forum. Each site set itself a specific safety target with an appropriate roadmap for 2015.

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