“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.