Workplace safety

Striving towards an injury-free workplace

Gränges strives towards a workplace that protects the health and fosters the wellbeing of employees and all persons directly or indirectly related to the company. No individual should be at risk of injury in a Gränges workplace. Safety is integrated into Gränges’ programme for lean operations and a 5S system is implemented in all production facilities to ensure a clean, orderly and safe work environment with the objective to proactively and quickly remove safety hazards and to drive safe behaviours. 

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. 

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Safety training and health services

Gränges works to improve health and safety awareness and skills. This includes providing regular health checks and training in 0601201801918202117Number of lost workdays per million hours worked2025 target Severity Rate, 2017–2021 024861918202117Number of recordable accidents per million hours worked2025 target Total Recordable Rate, 2017–2021 machine safety, personal protective equipment, fire safety, first aid, and emergency response. All employees are covered by accident and sickness insurance. Comprehensive safety training is carried out for all employees and contracted workers at least once a year, and regular courses are provided for production employees, management and new employees who also attend safety training before starting their position. Production employees also receive specific safety training covering aspects such as hand and finger injury prevention

Sharing best practice

Gränges actively communicates safety-related information to spread awareness of incidents and prevent them from happening again. To share best practice and harmonize work processes, the company generally conducts internal safety assessments every six months at the sites, focusing on the “critical five” hazard categories, fire safety and environmental matters. Corrective actions are incorporated into the location’s improvement and reported to the regional safety committees. In 2021, Gränges initiated monthly meetings with all plants to review safety performance. In these meetings, accidents and incidents with high potential risk are covered and good safety practice are exchanged between the locations. Gränges also collaborates and shares knowledge with other companies through industry associations to promote better safety. One such example is the European Aluminium task force for safety. 

Safety improvements in Huntingdon

In 2021, Gränges’ site in Huntingdon initiated a new programme focusing on improving machine guarding. Supervisors, engineers, and employees who work on the machines everyday conduct behavioral based audits that focus on machine guarding and to observe the work-stations. The purpose is to identify high-risk areas and address a solution and design that allows efficient work and at the same time eliminating risk of injuries. The facility has completed one slitter machine in 2021, and the plan is to complete all finishing equipment by 2022 and then progress on through the plant.

Targets and target fulfilment

See detailed information about Gränges’ long-term sustainability targets and target fulfilment.

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