Workplace safety

A safe work environment

Gränges strives towards operating a safe and injury-free workplace that protects the health and fosters the well-being of employees and all persons directly or indirectly related to the company’s operations, such as contracted workers and consultants.

No employee or other individual should be at risk of injury in a Gränges workplace. Gränges’ operations entail specific safety hazards which Gränges continually monitors to eliminate or reduce the risks for these hazards to cause injuries.

A “safety first” culture

Gränges aims to create a work environment and culture characterized by “safety first”. This is an important aspect of the leadership at Gränges. Safety in the five critical categories: fall protection; molten metal; mobile equipment; confined spaces; and machine guarding, lockout and tagout (ensuring that machinery is fully switched off and de-energized before maintenance work begins) has top priority.

Safety work is integrated into Gränges’ operational excellence programme, which is part of the strategy of continuous improvements throughout the organization. The 5S system, an important tool within Gränges Production System (GPS), helps to increase operator awareness and involvement, and to improve work morale by ensuring a clean and healthy work environment.

Safety training

Gränges believes that injuries, occupational illnesses, and safety incidents can be prevented, and therefore takes a proactive approach to continually improve health and safety awareness and skills. This includes regular health checks and training employees in machine safety, personal protective equipment, fire safety, first aid and emergency response. All employees are covered by accident and sickness insurance.

All employees take part in comprehensive safety training at least once a year and specific safety courses are regularly provided for production personnel, management and new employees. Production employees receive specific safety training covering aspects such as hand and finger injury prevention.

Using a risk-based approach

Gränges’ safety strategy is focused on preventing workplace injuries. The company strives to better understand how work is performed in relation to hazards in the work environment, and the associated risks.

Job safety analysis is carried out for both repetitive and non-repetitive tasks. This involves identifying hazards associated with work tasks, assessing the risk of injuries and developing action plans to manage and mitigate these risks.

For all recordable accidents as well as for injury free and first-aid events with severe potential consequence, Gränges performs a root-cause analysis as a basis for corrective and preventive actions.

Gränges strives to minimize employee exposure to chemicals and takes steps to ensure that it uses alternatives that are as safe and environmentally sound as possible.

Regular safety inspections are conducted in all production facilities and offices. The results are reviewed by safety committees in the various locations.

Sharing best practice

Knowledge sharing and cooperation among facilities takes place through group-wide internal cross-assessments, and by communicating information on significant incidents to promote best practice and harmonize work processes. Such cross-assessments, which focus on the critical safety categories, fire safety and environmental matters, are conducted every six months at one of the production sites.

To promote better safety, knowledge is also shared with other companies through industry associations. Gränges’ representatives are active in the European Aluminium task force for safety.

Targets and target fulfilment

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

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Improved safety in Shanghai

During 2018 Gränges Asia implemented a new process for lockout and tagout of equipment. The purpose of this process is to ensure that all sources of energy are isolated in order to perform safe maintenance work on an equipment. A visual overview of all energy sources and lock-out points is made for each specific equipment as well as a clear procedure for de-energizing.