Workplace safety: at the core of the company’s mission

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Job Security perhaps is a topic that could give room for at least two different interpretations; the first one could favor a narrative with respect to the unstable of some jobs/occupations, the second one instead could lead to a reasoning more related to the regulations on corporate security, understood as ideal conditions to perform one’s job without running any kind of risk with respect to one’s physical safety.

In this article, by job safety we mean everything related to the second meaning of the term, that is, we will refer to all those conditions that make it possible, if respected, to consider one’s workplace a safe place.

Work safety is an issue of relevant importance in every industrial sector, but it takes on a particular connotation in the metal-mechanical field, where the complexity of operations and intensive use of heavy machinery and materials elevate risks to workers’ health.

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Occupational Safety.

Occupational safety is defined as all those technical, organizational, procedural and training measures put in place to prevent accidents, injuries or occupational diseases.

In Italy, the main legislation governing occupational safety is Legislative Decree No. 81 of April 9, 2008, commonly known as the “Consolidated Occupational Safety Act.”

This legislative decree consolidates and updates all laws and regulations related to health and safety in the workplace, establishing the rights and duties of employers, workers, and other stakeholders (such as those in charge of prevention and protection services, workers’ safety representatives, etc.).

The Consolidation Act aims to ensure that every work environment is safe and healthy by providing for:

  • risk assessment
  • information
  • education
  • training of workers
  • health surveillance

In addition to this it establishes specific requirements for health and safety management in specific sectors of activity and for particular categories of risks.

Legislative Decree 81/2008 is therefore commonly recognized as the Workers’ Safety Law.

In addition to the above, this Consolidated Act provides for the adoption of preventive and protective measures, the provision of personal protective equipment, training and information for workers, and the appointment of a Prevention and Protection Service Manager (RSPP) and a Competent Doctor where required.

What is meant by safety at work

We have thus described what is meant by occupational safety, which is that set of technical, organizational, legal and training measures aimed at preventing occupational injuries or illnesses. This definition, however, extends beyond mere accident prevention to embrace the creation of a work environment that promotes the physical and mental health of employees, including older workers.

The two key words are thus:

  • prevention: that is, anything that prevents the occurrence of a harmful event
  • protection: that is, anything that limits the effects of a harmful event where it has occurred

Safety and preventive measures prove useful, but we would also say indispensable, because they help to create a peaceful working environment that results in better productivity on the part of the company itself.

Security in the company: the cornerstones

Thus, the cornerstones of safety in the company are as follows:

1. Risk prevention: identify, assess and mitigate the risks of occupational injuries and illnesses through careful analysis of work processes and the work environment.
2. Training and information: ensuring that all workers receive the necessary information and training to understand the risks associated with their work and how to prevent them, including the proper use of personal protective equipment.
3. Worker participation: actively involve workers in the safety management process, listening to their comments and suggestions and promoting a shared safety culture.
4. Continuous improvement: taking a proactive approach to workplace safety by continuously monitoring and reviewing safety practices to identify opportunities for improvement.
5. Compliance with regulations: complying with all applicable laws and regulations on occupational safety, ensuring that company policies are in line with legal and industry standards.
6. Management responsibility: engaging corporate management in the active promotion of occupational safety, ensuring that adequate resources are allocated to its implementation.
7. Safety integration: incorporating safety as a central element in the planning and execution of all work activities, viewing it not as an additional obligation but as an integral part of business processes.

These principles reflect the importance of a holistic approach to occupational safety, highlighting how prevention, education, participation and engagement at all levels are essential and guarantors of every worker.

Occupational health and safety

In order to ensure occupational health and safety, there are duties that are the responsibility of the employer and fall under Article 18 of L.D. 81/08, which are as follows:

  • carrying out risk assessment and drawing up the appropriate document;
  • ensure the presence of an effective prevention and protection service;
  • appoint the main figures involved in safety;
  • schedule and ensure the health surveillance service;
  • provide for the provision of individual and collective protective equipment;
  • provide health and safety training for workers according to their role and degree of responsibility.

Again, the Consolidation Act identifies several figures who contribute in ensuring safety within a company as:

  • Employer;
  • Safety manager;
  • Safety supervisor;
  • Prevention and protection service manager (RSPP), i.e., the person who has specific skills regarding accident prevention in general
  • Prevention and protection service officer;
  • Competent Doctor i.e., the person who, following an examination, establishes the suitability or otherwise of carrying out a specific task.
  • Workers’ Safety Representative (RLS) i.e., the person who represents workers, with respect to safety issues.
  • Worker;
  • Emergency responders (fire and first aid).

What has been described refers to a true “collaborative model” that necessarily relies on different professional figures, not only internal to the company but also external.

The employer, whose responsibility with respect to the issue of safety is highest, will have the obligation to prepare the DVR (Risk Assessment Document) and to appoint the RSPP.

Some of his duties, with respect to occupational safety, will be delegated to the manager after training and constant updating on the subject.

It is also important that to perform certain tasks (if deemed risky) are:

  • only those who have received appropriate training
  • if equipped with PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • with constant monitoring of their work skills and abilities

Without going into the specifics of the tasks/roles of each figure involved in the company safety project, we can say that everyone contributes so that the workplace is deemed safe.

The worker himself has an active and not a wait-and-see role in this regard; in fact, alongside what are rights, it is also important to mention certain obligations such as:

  • properly using PPE
  • correctly use the “tools of the trade”
  • attending training courses
  • undergo the regular health checks provided
  • report deficiencies in one’s workplace with regard to both the location and the use of work equipment

Work safety: conclusions

Work safety is a fundamental aspect that goes beyond mere compliance with current regulations: it represents an ethical commitment to the protection of workers’ health and well-being.
It forms the basis for the creation of a positive and productive work environment where employees/collaborators feel valued and protected.
In this context, Tubiflex has adopted a state-of-the-art safety management system that not only meets, but often exceeds, safety standards.
Through regular trainings, thorough risk assessments, and direct involvement of staff, in the process of continuous safety improvement, Tubiflex demonstrates its commitment to this on a daily basis.
Our employee who holds the position of HR Senior Specialist has just completed the Safety Training Course, with relevant certification, as ASPP will have the task of collaborating with our RSPP and will be in charge of safety aspects with the tasks defined by Art. 33 of Legislative Decree D. Lgs 81/08
This not only contributes to the health and safety of its workers, but also strengthens Tubiflex’s corporate culture, operational efficiency and authority in its field.

Sustainable development examples? Tubiflex’s mission statement

Examples of sustainable development, in today’s world, are increasingly evident; this is because the need to preserve natural resources and mitigate climate change has grown.

Building on this newfound awareness, the importance of environmentally sustainable practices has become an indisputable priority for businesses and consumers.

Sustainability, a concept once considered a luxury or, optional, to business practices, is now an imperative that drives strategic decisions in all sectors.

This new era requires a paradigm shift: moving from unsustainable production and consumption patterns to strategies that promote a harmonious balance with the environment.

In this context, exploring examples of environmentally sustainable development not only illuminates the path many companies are already following to reduce their environmental impact, but also serves as an inspiration and guide for other companies aspiring to integrate sustainability principles into their operations.

Among these pioneers, Tubiflex SPA emerges as an example of how innovation and commitment can transform industrial practices in favor of more sustainable and environmentally friendly management. A new grammar is being written, and Tubiflex is leading the way.

What does eco-sustainability mean

What does eco-sustainability mean in an industrial setting?

Sustainable industries are distinguished by a number of key characteristics that define their responsible approach to the environment and society.

First, they adopt production practices that:

  • minimize environmental impact
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • limit excessive and immoderate use of water
  • contain waste generation.

This includes implementing clean technologies and optimizing processes to increase energy efficiency.

Second, sustainable industries, where their core business allows, favor the use of renewable or recycled materials, moving toward a circular economy that aims to minimize waste.

Another hallmark is a commitment to social responsibility, which translates into ethical personnel management practices and adoption of inclusive policies. (link to article its training courses for women welders)

In addition, sustainable industries engage in long-term planning, with the goal of ensuring the resilience and sustainability of their operations over time, including through the adoption of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals that guide business decisions toward a positive impact on the environment and society.

Finally, these industries promote constant innovation, continually seeking new solutions and technologies to improve the sustainability of their products and processes, demonstrating that it is possible to combine economic success with environmental and social responsibility.

Eco-sustainable industry

In summary, the theme of environmentally sustainable industry necessarily invokes:

  • environmental sustainability
  • social sustainability
  • economic sustainability

Tubiflex SPA is an enlightening example of an eco-sustainable company in the industrial production of flexible hoses, assembled hoses and expansion joints.

The company geared in a green transformation adopts advanced technologies to reduce CO2 emissions, improve energy efficiency, and manage waste responsibly. Tubiflex’s efforts demonstrate how the choice of sustainable practices can be successfully integrated even in traditionally high-impact industries.

Tubiflex’s industrial sustainability comes through daily actions and gestures such as:

  • Reduction in paper use (-20% compared to 2020)
  • 8296596 kg of CO2 saved
  • 9294032 kWh of energy accumulated thanks to the photovoltaic system in the premises

Therefore, to answer the question, “How to be environmentally sustainable?” the industrial reality of Tubiflex SPA has taken steps to replace polluting chemical compounds with environmentally friendly alternatives.
In particular, working fluids used in processes, such as water and oils are now recovered and separated, thus replacing the polluting compounds previously used. These actions demonstrate Tubiflex SPA’s commitment to promoting environmental sustainability.

Benefits of sustainability

The benefits of sustainability, both in a general sense and applied specifically to the industrial context, offer a multitude of pluses that go far beyond simply reducing environmental impact. On a general level, sustainability promotes more efficient and conscious use of natural resources, helping to  preserve biodiversity and ensure the availability of essential resources for future generations.
This responsible approach results in a better quality of life, with cleaner and healthier environments, while reducing the health and social costs associated with pollution and environmental degradation. In the industrial context, sustainability proves to be a winning strategy on several fronts.
First, it helps reduce operating costs through energy efficiency and waste reduction, giving companies a significant competitive advantage.
Sustainable practices also enhance corporate reputation, attracting increasingly aware consumers eager to support responsible brands, such as Tubiflex SPA. This, in turn, can translate into increased customer loyalty and expanded market share. In addition, a commitment to sustainability stimulates innovation, prompting companies to develop new products and services that meet the needs of a rapidly changing but attentive marketplace geared toward a green Industry 4.0.

Industrial sustainability also fosters the involvement and motivation of employees, who tend to identify more with companies that demonstrate a genuine commitment to ethical and environmental values. In sum, sustainability represents a holistic strategy that not only protects the environment but also generates economic, social and cultural value, positioning companies at the forefront of innovation and market leadership.

Sustainable development examples: conclusion

The reality of Tubiflex is among the examples of sustainable development, in the landscape of industrial sustainable development, embodying the virtues and benefits of a genuine transition to environmentally sustainable business practices.
Its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations through the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, energy efficiency and responsible resource management reflects the deep integration of sustainability principles into its business model.
The company has not only demonstrated that it is possible to combine economic success with environmental and social responsibility, but has also stressed the importance of a long-term vision that prioritizes sustainability as a key to growth and innovation.
Tubiflex SPA, with its commitment to sustainability, thus represents a beacon for other companies aspiring to embark on a path of environmentally sustainable development, demonstrating that adopting green practices is not only an ethical choice but a winning strategy for the future of any corporate mission that cares about the well-being of our planet.
To the question,” Sustainable development examples?” it is now easy to answer that at the forefront is the mission of Tubiflex SPA.
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Professional training courses

In an ever-changing labor market, the ability to access vocational training courses has become an imperative necessity.

At the heart of this transformation, we find professional qualification courses, crucial tools for those aiming for a distinctive professional role.

A tangible example of this commitment is the initiative undertaken by Tubiflex S.p.A., which recently launched a training program in collaboration with Gi Group to learn the welding trade.

In recent years, many companies are aiming to create professional figures that they cannot easily find in the labor market, promoting inclusion and diversity, with the aim of enriching their work.

Besides this picture, what is the “engine” behind this decision?

We put this question to Roberta Parena, the company’s HR Director and creator of the project.

This initiative of Tubiflex emphasizes the importance of an inclusive approach in the area of professional qualification.

Through a real Academy, women have been given the tools they need to excel in a predominantly male professional role, enabling them to establish themselves and acquire skills that are in high demand.

Job qualifications: welding profession.

Job qualifications are of paramount importance in an increasingly competitive and specialized labor market. They play several key roles in that they promote:

  1. Increased employability (employability):
  2. Development of specialized skills
  3. Career progression
  4. Professional credibility:
  5. Adaptability to change.
  6. Job satisfaction
  7. Job security.
  8. Increased work flexibility

We asked Roberta to explain the motivation behind the creation of an ‘Academy, which goes in the direction of defining precise job qualifications.

Here are her words:

“The initiative to create an Academy stems from the need to focus on the professional figure of welding, a crucial trade for us and very complex to identify in the labor market. The production of high-tech products is a fundamental pillar for us, and the welder or welder plays a key role in this process.

Even when we identify experienced personnel, we are faced with the need to provide additional specific training to adapt them to our particular needs. This has led us to think about the possibility of building these skills directly within the company itself.”

Our strong inclination for inclusion, the desire to give an opportunity to those who highlight their merit led us to design this path dedicated to a female audience but above all motivated to be part of our projects.

We still asked:” How is the Academy program concretely structured and what goals are you trying to achieve?”

The answer:” The training program was designed in collaboration with experts in the field such as, Rivogas Commerciale Italia, to which we give special thanks to Kristian Frolli lecturer in welding and includes a balanced combination of theory and practice.

The course will be developed over three weeks: from an introduction to welding to practical tests, initially pursued through the use of digital visors to lower the risk of injury; the course will continue with hands-on training in the field.

A cutting-edge idea that will use new technologies, to develop trades where manual skills, precision and attention make the difference.

Our ultimate goal in offering vocational training courses is to train highly skilled professionals who are ready to face the challenges of our rapidly changing industry.

We believe that investing in training is the key to ensuring our competitiveness in the marketplace and to promoting an inclusive, sustainable corporate culture that is open to diversity of all kinds, and that this reflects our company’s vision and commitment to the future.”

Welding Academy

Vocational training organization: Tubiflex and Gi Group

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We asked which professional training organization had been chosen to carry out this important project that translated into actual professional training courses.

Choosing Gi Group as a partnership, stems from the collaboration that has seen this training entity, linked to Tubiflex, for more than three years now.

Adds Roberta:” Gi Group is our partner in crime on highly innovative projects, thanks to the fact that they work with us closely and live from the inside our needs and complexities.

Their deep knowledge of the industry and network of contacts, has meant that they have provided us with highly qualified candidates, accelerating the selection processes and ensuring ready employment for our key positions.

Mutual trust and shared commitment are the pillars of this fruitful collaboration.

Professionalizing courses: an added value

In conclusion, professionalizing courses such as those designed and structured within a company like Tubiflex are essential for those seeking to stand out in today’s job market.

The example of the women welders trained by Tubiflex, is a virtuous example not only because it provides essential technical skills, but also because it helps shape a more equitable and inclusive work environment.

For those looking for a qualification that can make a difference, joining a training opportunity offered by the company itself can be a crucial step toward professional success.

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Aerospace and Tubiflex: both cutting-edge

The Italian aerospace sector has long been recognised globally for its excellence and innovation.
In what is the general panorama, Turin and the Piedmont region have played a fundamental role in the development of the aerospace industry, also thanks to the construction of a real file, made up of companies such as Tubiflex S.P.A, which guarantees products with very high technological standards.

To confirm this, we would like to remind you that the Piedmontese capital will host an important event in November, at the Lingotto exhibition area; to find out all the details read also Fiera Torino Aerospace.
Space has never been so close at hand, also thanks to projects such as Space Factory 4.0.
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Italian aerospace industry

The Italian aerospace industry has re-entered the PNRR with an important project also from an economic point of view: 65 million euro managed by ASI.

Space Factory 4.0, as the programme has been called, will to all intents and purposes be a factory for the construction of satellites made in Italy, with ambitious and important numbers.

Thales Alenia Space will lead and co-ordinate the file of the individual companies, which has accepted an important challenge aimed at fostering the increase and acceleration of space activities, starting, however, with an important change of pace.

In order to meet increasingly competitive standards, it is necessary to modify production systems and make them more efficient in the face of new and exciting challenges: in short, space is a place that must be conquered by broadening the mind and thinking big!

Italy’s aerospace industries are therefore the focus of attention, and even more so is the Piedmont region and Turin, in particular.

Some Piedmontese companies, in fact, including Tubiflex S.P.A., have embraced this opportunity, proving themselves ready to embrace progress and innovation.

Aerospace Piedmont

Aerospace in Piedmont has a number of important programmes, such as the ESA bic incubator, which supports Italian start-ups in the sector in order to foster technological development and innovations in aerospace technologies.

This is just one example of how Piedmont is one of the most influential Italian regions in the aerospace sector.

Thanks to its strategic location and the presence of cutting-edge companies, the region has developed and strengthened a solid infrastructure to support the aerospace industry.

More specifically, Turin is one of the main centres, as it is the city/site of many leading companies and research institutes.

This pole of excellence offers a favourable environment for collaboration between companies, academic institutions and research institutes, promoting the development of new technologies and the training of talent in aerospace.

In fact, talking about Piedmontese space technology also means referring to important associations such as DAP.

DAP Turin

DAP Torino is the Distretto Aerospaziale Piemontese, a non-profit association set up in 2019.

Its aim is to bring together Piedmontese excellence in aerospace technology in order to create new opportunities for development and growth, through

a strengthening of the field
a better drive towards innovation
the creation of training and research contexts the search for funding
a better communication strategy.

The members of this association include Tubiflex S.P.A.

Tubiflex SPA Italian excellence in the aerospace sector

The aerospace sector is one of the most advanced and innovative sectors in the world, whose projects require precision, affitability and impeccable quality.

In this context, Tubiflex Spa, based in the province of Turin, has become a benchmark of excellence.

A company specialising in the design, production and supply of flexible tubes, it sees some of its products applied in the aerospace sector.

More specifically:

in air conditioning and cooling systems (see Metalflex Airtight)
in hydraulic and drainage systems for the engine compartment
in the protection of temperature and pressure sensors
in hose assemblies for the ECS system

Founded in 1951, the company has earned a reputation for fidelity and quality over the years, becoming a key partner for many aerospace companies.

Tubiflex has a long history of specialising in the production of high-precision flexible tubes, thanks in part to

the ability to offer tailor-made solutions
the high quality of products
the proven technical expertise

Each project starts with a careful and precise analysis of the individual customer’s requirements and is realised with the EU 9100 conformity guarantee.

To find out more about us visit tubiflex.com and go to the contact section to fill in the form and for further information.

Turin Aerospace and Defence Meetings: Lingotto , 28-30 November 2023

Turin Aerospace and Defence Meetings: Lingotto , 28-30 November 2023

The Torino Aerospace and Defence Meetings is just around the corner and this year, for what is its ninth edition, it will once again be held in one of the most important conference centres in the Piedmont capital.

The first edition dates back to 2007 and since that date, the event has been held every two years.

The Turin Lingotto, in fact, is one of the most internationally renowned exhibition centres and the sector events that take place in its spaces always manage to be important moments of meeting and comparison, not only between insiders but also between those who, out of professional interest or curiosity, like to be informed and educated.

Certainly, the subject of aerospace and defence is not a meeting that owes its notoriety to mere word of mouth, on the contrary, the latter is based on the specific and technical expertise of first-rate realities.

Tubiflex’s aerospace sector is part of the core business of the Piedmontese companys, which has also conquered the international market thanks to its expertise and the high quality standards of its products.

Oval Lingotto

The Oval Lingotto therefore hosts the A&DM or Aerospace & Defence Meetings, which can be defined as a true meeting of elective affinities between experts in the sector.

From 28 to 30 November 2023, at the Oval Lingotto the participating companies, including Tubiflex SPA, will have the opportunity to meet and fix the basis for future business relations, but also to set up new projects with companies from all over the world.

For all companies, therefore, taking part in the Turin Aerospace and Defence Meeting means confirming a consolidated primacy.

At the heart of the three days are scheduled

  • conferences
  • B2B meetings
  • workshops

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Aerospace sector: a pride not only Italian but also Piedmontese

The national aerospace sector has great numbers:

  • seventh in the world
  • fourth in Europe

Favouring this rating is the Piedmontese reality with its significant concentration of companies directly or indirectly involved in aerospace.

The Piedmont region, in fact, sees in its territory, important manufacturing companies capable of guaranteeing very high standards in terms of both skills and qualifications.

In the aerospace context, some of Tubiflex’s products find application in the following sectors:

  • Use for air conditioning and cooling systems
  • Hydraulic and draining systems for the engine compartment
  • For the protection of temperature and pressure switches
  • Hose Assemblies for the ECS system

This is not the only international event Tubiflex takes part in, in fact in June this year it was also present at the Le Bourget Air Show in Paris.

However, the presence in Italy and even more specifically in the Piedmont region, which sees the company’s prestige confirmed on a daily basis, is a further motivation to pursue and achieve increasingly ambitious projects.

Tubiflex will be waiting for you at the Lingotto Oval, and for details of its location, please consult the on-line catalogue, before the event.

Aerospace & Defense Meetings is a business convention, for more information visit https://torino.bciaaerospace.com/

For more information on our sectors of expertise, please visit www.tubiflex.com