Workshop II: “Occupational health and safety”

  • (3) (SCHOTT AG Mainz)
  • (1) (SCHOTT VTF France)
  • (5) (SCHOTT Iberica Spain)
  • (1) UGT Union (Spain)
  • September 16-17
  • SCHOTT Iberica
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • The main objective of the workshops is the establishment of agreements at a European level and the harmonization of criteria.

Workshop details

  • Spanish legislation about the prevention of risks at the workplac
  • Discussion
    • Connection between legislation and SCHOTT “Zero Accidents” program; relevant national legislation in participating countries, and how to fit the program into national legislations
      • Explanation how “Zero Accidents” is organized at SCHOTT and how it is related to IMSU
      • Difficult to implement, high share of agency staff and downsizing
      • Slow reactions to health and safety questions
  • “It is impossible to actually reach zero accidents, but it is not deemed acceptable to plan for a number of accidents and consider them a good result.”
  • Mainz Works Council fully supports program
    • particular importance of directives, and, especially, driving force KL
  • Health & Safety (H&S) questions at VTF
    • H&S Committee: director of VTF, safety officer and representative of insurance ...
    • H&S inspectors also have an important function ...
    • A bonus is paid if there are no accidents ...
  • Differences in H&S in the EU ...
    • Work places design
    • Importance of risk evaluation

Risk evaluation

  • Analyze all workplace-related factors
    • Electrical installation
    • Ventilation
    • Noise
    • Illumination
    • Vibrations
    • Etc.
  • External technicians from the employer’s liability insurance were involved in noise, dust, and heat evaluations, etc.
  • ... No provisions for a new, appropriate risk evaluation when the workplaces have been subject to technical modifications
  • ... The same problem existed in Mainz with new evaluations which had to be updated every three years

Workplace risks due to heat exposure

  • UGT (union)
    • Health and safety risks resulting from heat exposure
      • Working in high-temperature environments is one the highest risk factors at SCHOTT sites ...
    • Spanish legislation about heat exposure; ambiguous provisions allow various interpretations
    • Presentation of heat risks and their consequences

Proposals for a European agreement

  • “Explain how the SCHOTT company is going to introduce the ‘Zero Accident’ program in Europe”
  • “A common framework can only be defined in a meeting with Mr. Scarborough, where relevant questions could be dealt with and gradual improvements be introduced.”
  • “For the program to be successful, the commitment of the management, a connection with Mr. Scarborough, and continuous training would be needed.”
  • “The SCHOTT company must show its willingness to invest money in prevention and to provide information and training for temporary staff as well.”
  • “Better information in machine safety handbooks and correct use of EPIS by workers are also required.”
  • “Inclusion of the working week as a health and safety concern, with particular attention to shift workers”
  • “Introduction of an accident indicator, with an explanation being required if the accident index goes up”
  • “Indicator has to be applicable in Europe, the US and Asia”
  • “Common database for all individual labor protection teams, which would allow the best teams to be identified”
  • “There should be a standard format for notices of accident”
  • “The EuroForum provides a good platform for meetings of accident prevention representatives from the sites and their counterparts from the SCHOTT company”

Final evaluation by participants

It was considered very useful that differing points of view about all subjects were expressed at a number of levels in an open discussion, which led to the common position that we need new formulas to harmonize the differences that still exist in the EU and to conclude an agreement with the SCHOTT company to this effect.