Health and safety through work protection
The safety and health protection of our staff and customers play a central role at igefa, and are firmly anchored in our procedural instructions.
The work protection specifications are oriented to the basic principles of the international work safety norm, OHSAS 18001.
100 percent of our staff are represented in work protection committees, by authorised individuals in each case and by the specialist for work safety or the safety officer.
The processes involved in warehouse storage and the transportation of hazardous substances are subject to particular monitoring due to the increased risk involved.
Here, our staff receive regular, intensive training.
In cases of accident, the emergency action chain and first aid measures are clearly regulated. The cause of the accident is investigated immediately on site and again as part of the regular work protection committee meetings, so that preventive measures can be taken.
Once we have identified the correct preventive measures, these are promptly taken and maintained.
The legal reporting obligations are fulfilled, and accidents that are subject to obligatory reporting (from three days onwards) are reported to the professional association responsible.
With 35.5 accidents for every 1,000 staff in 2017, igefa remains below the average for Germany overall.
The number of days off work due to work accidents, in relation to 220 working days per member of staff in 2017, is just below the level of the previous year by approx. 0.33 percent (2015: 0.36 percent).
After a longer period off work by a member of staff, a company reintegration programme is offered when they return to work.
This offers the opportunity of being brought up to date with developments while they have been away, return to work processes and test and improve their ability to work.
The reintegration process is tailored to the needs and abilities of the member of staff, and corresponds to the procedure specified in the statutory regulations.
The process is subject to regular monitoring by internal and external auditors.
Prevention, health promotion, education
As an employer, we bear responsibility for maintaining the health of our staff.
In recent years, the number of days taken off due to sickness has increased among some igefa companies.
This is also reflected in the general increase in sickness leave among German employees during recent years.
For this reason, we decided at the beginning of 2016 to promote the health of our employees through targeted prevention at our sites.
With success: The development of the sick rate dropped from 7.4 percent in 2016 to 6.7 percent in 2017.
There seemed to be no limit to creativity.
From health information days, ergonomic training camps and fitness series, company sports events and runs as well as grants for fitness centres and massages, various preventive measures for health promotion were implemented at various locations.
Furthermore, on the occasion of the German Sustainability Action Days 2018, all igefa member companies took part in a joint bicycle day campaign.
We plan to maintain this course in order to fulfill our responsibility for the health of our employees.