In a production plant with numerous machines and tools, the safety of employees at work is a top priority. The following guidelines basically cover all employees – however, precautions are more comprehensive for employees in production because the risk potential is greater in these areas.
Policies and prevention
EVVA naturally complies with all occupational health and safety laws and fulfils the stipulated training requirements (e.g. for the operation of machines). However, the company goes many steps further to better identify sources of danger and initiate preventive measures.
At headquarters, the following officers are jointly responsible for occupational health and safety and risk analysis and are immediately available in case of an emergency: - 2 safety specialists - 4 safety officers - 1 company doctor - 19 fire prevention officers - 36 first aiders for first aid - 3 lift control rooms - 2 poison officers - 2 environmental/disposal/working materials officers - 1 hazardous goods officer
Once a year, the ASA (Occupational Safety Committee) discusses current topics and laws and how these can be optimally implemented within EVVA. Participants are safety experts, industrial health practitioners, fire safety officers, works council and management.
The EPOS initiative ("EVVAs ProductionsOptimised System") at the headquarters has been bundling all optimisation projects in production since 2018 – including those for occupational safety, workplace cleanliness and environmental protection. Production employees answer 35 questions twice a year based on a multi-level assessment scheme, e.g. on the condition of work equipment. EVVA deduces and implements further optimisation measures from these findings. Employees can also identify and report hazards themselves at any time independently of the EPOS rounds: to their supervisor, to the safety specialists, via the ASA, to the works council or directly to the management.
In every employee survey (most recently at the beginning of 2020), EVVA undertakes the legally required "evaluation of mental stress at the place of work".
The "Quality and Process Management" division coordinates the ongoing risk analysis and assessment for the entire company. It also includes occupational health and safety for employees and customers
The safety specialists carry out all internal occupational safety training and are the first point of contact if problems or incidents occur
In addition, all information and rules of conduct on occupational safety can be viewed at any time on the intranet, vis-a-vis the works council and at neuralgic points in the building. Such as the checklist in the event of emergencies, emergency numbers, behaviour in the event of fire, handling hazardous substances and employee instruction, for example for forklift drivers
You can find out more about EVVA’s services for employees in health promotion (such as healthy lunch, offers from the company doctor, medical lectures or running events) under Employee satisfaction
Measures and challenges
Serious accidents at work are very rare at EVVA; the accidents in the following statistics are predominantly cut injuries.
Accidents at work
In 2018/2019, there was one serious accident and one minor accident in the electroplating department at headquarters, where processes involving chemicals for surface treatment were not executed correctly. It caused coughing in the immediate vicinity. The electroplating area was immediately both isolated and ventilated. The rescue chain worked perfectly, 8 people were medically examined or treated. One employee was more severely affected and took extended sick leave. The comprehensive analyses have shown that the incident was caused by human error.
The processes in our electroplating are subject to strict safety requirements and are regularly checked. They were checked again after the incidents. Even when all the relevant laws have been complied with, additional measures can make such accidents even less likely. EVVA has been converting several electroplating processes since 2020 (for example, from solid to liquid in order to automate the supply of substances). Necessary manual processes are accompanied by a digital worker assistance system, i.e. each step – such as putting on protective equipment or weighing chemicals, etc. – is displayed and must be confirmed. All electroplating employees were familiarised with the safety precautions and given further instructions in additional safety training courses.
During the reporting period, EVVA implemented the following measures to further increase occupational safety:
Ergonomically designed work islands in assembly areas (e.g. all work equipment within optimal reach, height-adjustable tables and chairs and ergonomically designed screwdrivers, etc.).
Introduction of a digital ergonomics toolbox. This tool collects and documents workplace loading – and generates suggestions for improvement in workplace configuration. It was developed by EVVA in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute
New protective equipment, e.g. special gloves that help prevent cuts and new anti-static sole shoes for use in electronics production. They protect the employees and the electronic components from electrostatic discharge. At the same time, a new access control system was installed in this area to prevent access without these shoes
Floor unevenness was found at individual workplaces in the Viennese production facility and was eliminated. These jobs will be relocated to a new building, which will be ready for use by the end of 2021 at the latest. The existing assembly halls where these unevennesses are found will then be completely refurbished and reconfigured
Easier-to-operate transport trolleys (photo) replaced the transport skids previously used in warehouse logistics. A significant long-term ergonomic benefit considering their intense, daily use.
4 defibrillators are located at various points in the headquarters, and can be used immediately and very easily in emergencies, even by lay persons.
At EVVA Germany, employees can make use of the statutory "company integration management" (BEM) after a prolonged illness. The objective of the BEM is to keep employees healthy. With this offer, EVVA would like to support employees in the recovery process and in their return to everyday work. In this context, EVVA works with TÜV Rheinland, which provides neutral and competent specialists and advises on health and social security issues, etc. BEM is a voluntary scheme offered to employees
In the coronavirus crisis since the end of 2019/beginning of 2020, EVVA has been taking intensive preventive measures to protect the health of all employees and help contain the pandemic. Our company's Corona protection programme includes strict hygiene measures, mandatory wearing of masks, teleworking, internal and external communication of rules of conduct, FAQ, checklist for suspected cases, checklist for external visitors, fever measuring devices at the entrance, Covid 19 test lanes at the headquarters with free antigen tests and – as soon as possible – also protective vaccinations.
The labour inspectorate and industrial health practitioners who inspected the Corona measures at headquarters explicitly praised EVVA's Corona measures as "best practice".
How: EVVA will hold its own security day for all employees at its headquarters – in cooperation with the labour inspectorate and the authorities. The great importance of occupational safety and health protection is to be conveyed in a very practical way via various hands-on stations, e.g. the correct operation of a fire extinguisher, the correct use of safety equipment, the correct use of hearing protection, etc.
Positive effects: Make employees even more aware of occupational safety and bring it closer to them personally – not only for employees with a greater need for protective measures, as in the past, but for everyone.
How: EVVA will incorporate the existing health and safety measures for employees into an extended health management system. With 4 core themes: Health promotion (company sports, stress management, nutrition ...); occupational health and safety (prevention, healthy and safe work, occupational health care, workplace inspections ...), occupational integration management BEM (to make it easier for employees who have been ill for a long time to return to work, return-to-work counselling ...); personnel development (healthy leadership, health-related training ...).
Positive effects: Our occupational safety and health initiatives are more structured in the way they are managed.