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Safety first

By building and maintaining a strong safety culture, we strive to eliminate work-related injuries and occupational diseases. Our long-term vision is zero accidents. In 2018, the number of work-related accidents per one million working hours was 2.7 compared to 2.5 in 2017.

 

All VELUX manufacturing and warehouse sites are certified according to ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management), and the safety work is guided by the VELUX Vision Zero.

“We have worked with safety excellence for many years and achieved really good results. Comparing to our baseline before we started working with safety excellence back in 2006, we have reduced our accident rate by about 70 % and our accidence frequency rate is about four times lower than comparable industry benchmarks. We even achieved world-class status in safety in 2014, when we had less than one industrial accident per one million working hours. Unfortunately, we have since then seen a gradual increase in number of accidents and injuries. We therefore implement different measures to revitalise and fine tune our focus on safety at all our workplaces,” says Kim Jonas, VELUX Senior Manager Global Health, Safety, Environment and Energy. 

Next year, one of the main focus areas of the safety work is improved ergonomics for employees. The drive for improved ergonomics includes ergonomic assessment of about 6,000 workplaces in production and in offices and subsequent implementation of improvement measures. 


We believe that accidents at work or occupational diseases always have a cause, and that the cause can be found and eliminated. By building and maintaining a strong safety culture, we can prevent work-related accidents and occupational diseases."

Kim Jonas, VELUX Senior Manager Global Health, Safety, Environment and Energy.

‘Safety First’ is the motto of VELUX factory in France

“We are on a never ending journey towards improved safety. Some may think that safety lowers productivity. On the contrary, we prove every day that safety and good business go hand in hand”, says factory manager Renaud Grasset.

In 2018, the factory implemented the VELUX 7 Golden Rules for Safety Leadership, which is a check list for managers to evaluate and improve safety and health in their teams.

“As in so much else, management must take the lead. Safety is a gift to all managers because it gives them a cause that unites the team; it is an issue that is important to all of us. We work closely together, set shared objectives and acknowledge the results. That generates great job satisfaction and commitment,” says Renaud Grasset. 

 
Right now, the factory management is looking at safety in those extraordinary situations when there is maximum stress. When a machine breaks down, for example, when more windows than usual have to be produced, or when a new machine is run in. The effort goes to ensure that the factory achieves maximum safety at all times. 

My life has become safer – both at work and at home.”

Vanessa Leclecq, Quality Inspector, aluminium flashing.


“In our department of some 60 people, we have gone 2,043 days without an accident. That’s a record for us and the result of our safety work. Basically, we work in a different way and we all share the responsibility of drawing attention to potentially dangerous situations and avoiding them. I support colleagues in the safety work and make sure we reach our targets for continual improvement. This focus on safety is one part of my job that I take home with me, so my life has become safer in every way.”
Vanessa Leclecq, Quality Inspector, aluminium flashing.

5,000 workplaces - 5,000 risk assessments

In 2018, more than 5,000 workplaces at VELUX factories were subjected to careful safety risk assessment. The comprehensive risk assessment is part of the VELUX Vision Zero that seeks to eliminate work-related accidents and occupational diseases.

Workplace risk assessment is a structured process to identify hazards, risks associated with these hazards and to determine corrective actions in order to prevent accidents or health problems. The risk assessments were carried out by locally trained risk assessors together with employees and line managers.

A VELUX 5-minute Risk Assessment tool has also been introduced to guide employees, managers and contactors in identifying risks for non-standard work like e.g. building maintenance, assessing the need for personal protective equipment, special permits and preventive measures.

“We are proud that it was possible to carry out such a large number of risk assessments at all our factories in just 12 months. The careful assessment of risks associated with different jobs enables us to take a proactive approach to all tasks, and it is much easier to make sure that our new colleagues are introduced to our safe working practices right away”, says Kim Jonas.