Same standards globally
Health and safety standards apply to all our people, no matter what part of the world they work in. We use the international standard OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety as a way to make sure our production sites adhere to the same rules globally.
Reducing occupational injuries
Although we’ve never had a fatality in our operations, we have too many accidents. That's why, we have set a target to reduce the loss time injury rate to 3.0 by 2019/20 compared to the 2016/17-level. This corresponds to a 33% reduction.
The most common injuries for both white- and blue-collar employees are behaviour based, such as stumbling and falling. Safety is everybody responsibility in Coloplast, both manager and employees.
To support the reduction target, Coloplast is therefore strengthening the safety culture by enforcing three safety behaviours across all production sites:
- You see it, you own it
- Think twice
- Dare to care
In addition, special attention is given to all minor and ‘near-miss accidents’ to help identify and solve problems early and minimise potential future risks. Other initiatives to reduce occupational injuries include sharing best practices between sites, and increasing focus on safety specifications before new machine orders are finalised.
Reducing repetitive work
A typical production process relies mostly on manual labour during the initial stages of product development. Later on, machines are adapted and processes become more automatic.
In our own production, we have decided to focus on providing an ergonomically correct workplace layout whenever manual labour is required. We do this by reducing repetitive work for example. This is when employees spend a lot of time doing the same repetitive movements at their work stations, which can be strenuous on the body. We have developed our own innovative system for measuring repetitive work, which enables us to improve our workplaces and to track our progress.
Coloplast Life Programme
The attention to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in society stands in direct contrast to the amount of unhealthy options all around us. This can result in poor health and in some cases obesity. Through Coloplast Life we provide a variety of initiatives to make the healthy choice as easy as possible. That may involve bringing the typical office meeting outdoors through our “Walk & Talk” paths, or joining one of our running/walking clubs after work.
Coloplast Life also focuses on education. For example, nutrition classes teach us both how to maintain and lose weight, depending on individual goals. Free health exams make people aware of their blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and more. As an added ease for the mind, a 24-hour stress hotline is always available.