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

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.

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