Health and Safety
The provision of a healthy, safe and productive work environment for all our employees is a priority for Vitec, for which all our management and employees are responsible.
We have continued to impress the need for excellent health and safety procedures in compliance with the Group’s Health and Safety Policy, which is available on our website and to all employees on the Group intranet. This policy sets the Group-wide guidelines for the prevention of accidents and work-related ill-health and provides guidance for the adequate control of health and safety risks arising from work-related accidents.
All accidents and near misses, whether they result in absence from work or not, are reported, with remedial action identified and implemented to prevent such occurrences in the future. Reporting is prompt and any accident resulting in over three days’ absence is reported to senior Divisional management as well as the Group Chief Executive within 24 hours. Our eight year accident record is shown opposite, which details the number of accidents resulting in over three days’ absence from work across the Group. The number of accidents resulting in over three days’ absence increased in 2015 compared to 2014. While it is our aim to have no such accidents, the outturn for 2015 is still a reasonable performance given the number of employees, sites and operations. Each accident has been fully investigated and key issues identified to try to ensure that there is no such repeat. This process should deliver continued improvement in health and safety across the Group’s operations and we will continue to develop our practices to deliver further improvements in this important area.
Our eight year accident record (over 3 days absence)
There have been no work related fatalities since the Group began collating health and safety statistics in 2002.
The Operations Executive reviews health and safety performance every month, discussing accidents and any incidents of note, sharing best practice initiatives and supporting the Divisions in the management of local health and safety committees and the implementation of regular training activity. The Group Chief Executive updates the Board regularly on health and safety performance by way of monthly reports and verbal updates at Board meetings.
Employees receive training on health and safety procedures that are appropriate to their line of work and environment. This may, for example, involve training in warehouse operations, working at heights, fire safety or more general initiatives to make employees aware of the dangers that can be encountered in the execution of their various duties. Within each of the Group’s Divisions separate assessment and training appropriate to operations is carried out for health and safety. Employees are regularly reminded of the need to work safely with posters on notice boards at all sites. For example, the Cassola and Feltre sites in Italy promote the “Are you working safely?” campaign which provides regular tips and key notes on health and safety subjects. Health and Safety Committees at all major sites hold regular meetings to review safety, ensure that operating practices are safe and address potential safety concerns. At the Photographic Division's manufacturing sites in Feltre, Italy and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK, a procedure has been set up to observe employees’ health and safety behaviour in the workplace. Using an industrial safety management approach, the procedure checks whether employees’ working practices are compliant with standards and procedures related to personal protective equipment, tools, substances, machinery, handling and other activities, and enables feedback to be given to avoid workplace accidents. In 2015 a total of 42,209 work actions were observed at both sites with an average of 99.6 per cent compliance with safe working practices.
The Broadcast Division’s site in Cartago, Costa Rica, as well as the Photographic Division’s sites at Cassola and Feltre, Italy, have further been awarded the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety accreditation. This confirms that the sites operate with a robust health and safety management system, with policies, procedures and controls needed to achieve the best possible working conditions aligned to internationally recognised best practice.