Hazard identification and risk assessment
Gränges’ manufacturing entails specific safety hazards which are continually monitored to eliminate or reduce the risks of injuries. The “critical five” hazard categories have top priority: fall protection, molten metal, mobile equipment, confined spaces, and machine guarding – lockout and tagout, i.e. ensuring machinery is fully switched off and de-energized before maintenance work begins. Gränges also strives to minimize employee exposure to chemicals and performs chemical risk assessments to ensure employees use alternatives that are safe and environmentally sound.
The company’s safety strategy is to prevent workplace injuries through better understanding how work is performed in relation to hazards and the associated risks. Job safety analysis is carried out by experts and the people who do the job. This involves identifying hazards associated with repetitive and non-repetitive work tasks, with the purpose to assess the risk of injuries and developing action plans to manage and mitigate these risks. Actions are coordinated and prioritized by management and safety representatives. To prevent and correct actions, Gränges performs a root-cause analysis for all recordable accidents and injury-free and first-aid events with severe potential consequence and a review of effectiveness should be done within three months.
Safety reporting and follow-up
Gränges’ production facilities drive structured employee engagement programmes with measurable and relevant leading indicators, including a walk-observe-communicate programme where employees and senior management observe activities and discuss risk behaviour and improvements. All incidents and accidents are registered and classified with actual and potential consequences by employees in local incident reporting systems. Safety performance is reviewed by management weekly and monthly, and site-specific safety targets are set as part of the business planning cycle.