Workplace safety

“Safety first”

Gränges strives towards a “safety first” work environment. This means that it is top priority to operate a safe and injury-free workplace which protects the health and fosters the wellbeing of employees and all persons directly or indirectly related to the company’s operations. No individual should be at risk of injury in a Gränges workplace.

Safety is integrated into Gränges’ programme for lean operations, “Gränges Production System – GPS”, which is part of the strategy for continuous improvements. A 5S system has been implemented in all production facilities to ensure a clean, orderly and safe work environment. The system is used to drive safe behaviours, improve workplace efficiency and eliminate waste.

Specific safety hazards

Gränges’ operations entail specific safety hazards which are continually monitored to eliminate or reduce the risks of these hazards causing injuries. Gränges defines the following hazard categories as the “critical five”, which 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.

A preventive and risk-based approach

Gränges’ safety strategy is focused on preventing workplace injuries through better understanding how work is performed in relation to hazards and the associated risks. Job safety analysis is carried out for both repetitive and non-repetitive tasks by using experts and involving the people who do the job. 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 also strives to minimize employee exposure to chemicals, and performs chemical risk assessments to ensure employees use alternatives that are safe and environmentally sound.

Safety training

Gränges constantly works to improve health and safety awareness and skills. This includes regular health checks as well as training in 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 at least once a year, and safety courses are regularly provided for production personnel, management and new employees.

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Sharing best practice

Gränges actively communicates safety-related information as it is important to spread awareness of incidents to prevent them from happening again. The company also conducts internal safety assessments every six months at the sites, aiming to share experiences and best practice, and to harmonize work processes. These assessments focus on the “critical five” hazard categories, fire safety and environmental matters. To promote better safety, Gränges also collaborates and shares knowledge with other companies through industry associations. Gränges is for example active in the European Aluminium task force for safety.

Improved safety for loading and unloading

In 2019, Gränges’ operations in Americas implemented a new formal process to improve safety for truck loading and unloading. Key elements of the new process include to make sure the rear of the trailer is snug against the dock to safely accommodate the dock plate; that the driver must leave the truck and remain visible during the loading and unloading process; that a warning system or indicator light in conjunction with dock locks should be placed in a visible location; and that the trailer is checked for sufficient overhead clearance and has sufficient capacity for the combined weight of lift truck and cargo. Through the new process, the Americas operation has significantly reduced the safety risks associated with the truck loading process.

Targets and target fulfilment

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

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