Health and Safety

Gränges observes strict safety routines and works continuously to improve safety in the workplace. The company invests in and focuses regularly on different types of safety measures to prevent accidents at its production facilities and to achieve the goal of an injury free workplace.

Continuous improvement

Gränges focus on the five critical risk categories in particular. These are fall protection, molten metal, mobile equipment such as forklifts, confined spaces such as tanks, and control of hazardous energy lockout/tagout/verify, i.e. that machinery is completely switched off and de-energized prior to maintenance. These areas are prioritised, and Gränges continually reviews and works on improvements to ensure that safety becomes even better.

Gränges also runs training and improvement in other areas such as fire protection.

Furthermore, Gränges carries out internal audits at the production facilities with a view to learning from each other and to work together more in accordance with best practice. The aim of this approach is to improve safety and the working environment, which also contributes to improved profitability for Gränges.

Zero tolerance

Gränges strives towards an injury free workplace and analyses the hazards and minimizes the risks for serious injuries.

The most common injuries at Gränges in Finspång are finger and hand injuries and these account for around 5 out of 9 injuries. The most common injuries in Shanghai are foot and leg injuries, accounting for 3 out of 5 injuries.

Training, risk minimisation and detailed follow-up

Gränges observes all relevant laws and regulations in the EHS sphere. Health and safety issues at Finspång and Shanghai are handled within the framework of a management system in line with the global OSHAS18001 standard. Shanghai is also OSHAS18001- certified. Gränges has a structured and preventative approach.

  • Both for repetitive and non-repetitive tasks, so called JSAs (Job-Safety-Analysis) are performed. This entails the identification of hazards, inherent to the task, and the assessment of risks for harm or injuries, followed by action plans to reduce and mitigate the risks. Management and safety representatives coordinate and prioritize the actions.
  • All incidents are registered and classified in an incident reporting system, which is transparent and available for all. Outcomes of the incident reporting system are followed up weekly and monthly.
  • The company regularly conducts safety inspections where office and production environments are inventoried physically.
  • Safety training is held for all employees regularily. Gränges also carries out targeted safety training programmes for specific safety issues. Production personnel receive specific subject training, for example related to risk for hand and finger injuries.
  • New employees receive training in safety issues as part of their introductory programme.
  • Gränges also performs chemical subtance hazard analysis and regularly substitutes chemicals in order to reduce the exposure to personnel.

Goals

  • Gränges has a zero tolerance towards injuries and accidents. Gränges has reduced its number of total record-able accidents by 2 2016 as compared to 2015.
  • Gränges shall have absence from work due to illness of max 3 per cent overall. In 2016 absence from work due to illness increased to 2.2 per cent (excluding Gränges Americas).
     

Number of recordable accidents
per million of hours worked

  2016 2015 2014
Gränges
Finspång

12.3

13.3

12.6
Gränges
Shanghai

3.5

4.8

4.0
Gränges
total*

6.5

7.5

6.6


* Excluding Gränges Americas.