At Nexans, eliminating risks and ensuring safe practices is at our core.
Employees are the heart of Nexans’ business. To ensure their safety and protect them from potential hazards, our team of internal health, safety and environmental experts are continually assessing the safety of staff.
“We monitor everything, from lost-time incidents and visits to the doctor to minor injuries,” says Steven Vermeulen, Executive Vice President in charge of Nexans’ Telecom & Data Business Group who is based in North America and leader of a global safety effort aimed at encouraging best practice for safety operations. “These all early indicators of potential problems and eliminating or avoiding those problems makes us a better employer, supplier and community member.”
Over the past two years, this has resulted in Nexans North America achieving a 67% reduction in lost time incidents (injuries in the workplace resulting in time lost from work) and a 28% reduction in incidents requiring external medical treatment. But what do these numbers really mean? To put them in perspective, these reductions have prevented 28 employees from being severely injured at work.
These numbers are encouraging, but the company is not satisfied: “We are heading in the right direction, but Our True North is zero incidents,” Steven says. “I absolutely believe that is a realistic goal.”
What’s more, all North American employees are actively involved in the creation and perpetuation of Nexans’ ever-growing safety culture – encouraged to not only identify potential hazards and unsafe behaviors, but also to learn how to assess risks and understand basic ergonomic principles.
“Everyone, at all levels of the company, must be involved in developing safety best practices,” Steven adds. “We take this very personally. No production goal is more important than the safety of our workers, customers and visitors.”
Nexans has also instituted a variety of educational programs and tools that support safety in the workplace:
- 15 Golden Rules: Standardized safety rules for all employees to follow (see PDF file below)
- SUSA: A system of observing and reporting safe and unsafe acts or conditions
- Daily facility inspections performed by employees, and monthly documented inspections led by facility inspectors
- SQDCE (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Environment actions): The practice of highlighting safety issues in the work area through visual displays
- Annual Job Safety Analysis (JSA) training through workshops and team exercises
- Take 5: Safety assessment checklists for all employees to use before beginning a task
In 2019 and beyond, Nexans’ safety objectives will continue to build on this strong safety foundation and include further reductions in lost time and medical treatment incidents, continued improvement resulting from JSA, expansion of the pre-task checklists and conducting safety compliance audits in each facility with local accountability.
Nexans is also continuing to identify, document and investigate any potential hazards so they can be resolved in a timely manner.
The bottom line? Nexans North America doesn’t view safety as a priority – because priorities change. Instead, safety is as a core value in the way that the organization conducts business through each and every employee, each and every day.