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Health, Safety and Well-being

At Etex, safety is our first priority. Our structured and evolving approach builds on our teammates. With their experience, professional attitude and dedication to caring for each other, they take ownership everyday to continuously improve towards safer and healthier infrastructure, processes and behavior.

Going for zero

Going for zero

Going for zero

Ensuring safety in our daily life is a task that never stops: whether our workers are on or outside our premises, or during the commute to and from work. Our structured and continuously evolving approach is built around our teammates who, with their experience, professional attitude, and dedication to caring for each other, take responsibility and ownership every day to apply safety rules and regulations and act when needed to prevent unsafe work conditions


Our daily goals.

  • Zero fatalities
  • Zero harm
  • Zero burn outs

Our 2023 results

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Frequency rate of lost-time accidents

Number of lost-time accidents per
one million hours worked

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Total accident frequency rate

Frequency of lost-time and medical aid
accidents per one million hours worked


18.9


Hours of health and safety training

on average per teammate


1.80


Safety intensity

Average number of safety engagement activities
per employee per month

How do we reach our goals?

How do we reach our goals?

How do we reach our goals?

Every year, we strive for a zero-accident and zero occupational illness workplace. To achieve that we have put in place a strong health and safety management system including a comprehensive combination of policies, standards, responsibilities, training, evaluation, targeted programmes and follow-up on our goals and targets.

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Spotting hazards, assessing the risks, avoiding accidents

At Etex, we have different ways to detect and address risks. Therefore, we are conducting a systematic Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) of all routine tasks, and we measure results through operational, corporate and external auditing and reporting processes. Throughout the year, we also encourage safety observation and conversations, through which our leaders can identify, discuss and mitigate hazardous situations.

Limiting the risks

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  • Identify occupational exposure

 

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  • Investing for safe working environments

 

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  • Conduct safety observation and conversations

SafeStart programme

At Etex, our ambition is to ensure that every Etex colleague comes back home safe and sound every day. SafeStart is a programme that helps us to take safety awareness to the next level. The SafeStart approach reinforces knowledge with practical techniques that help teammates stay more alert to risk all day - not only at work but also at home and on the road.

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Healthier and inspired teams for a stronger Etex

Mental health and physical well-being are crucial to health and safety in the workplace. In the spirit of a healthy mind in a healthy body, we launched the "Etex Challenge" and set up a global Employee Assistance Programme to support the mental well-being of our teammates. In addition, there are many other local and global initiatives to promote a healthy workforce.

Etex Challenge

Etex Challenge

The “Etex Challenge” brings teammates from around the world together, motivating them to improve their physical and mental well-being, and connecting them to the world through fundraising for charity.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

In 2021 we launched a global Employee Assistance Programme. This mental well-being initiative is accessible 24/7 and is available in the local languages of our teammates.

Managing our asbestos past

Managing our asbestos past

Managing our asbestos past

Sadly, asbestos is part of our past and we continue to manage our history with the material carefully. We have implemented a group-wide policy to enforce our commitment:

We compensate victims

At Etex, we must ensure that those who become seriously ill due to the use of asbestos in their factories receive fair financial compensation.

We aim to prevent exposure

While finishing site upgrades, we constantly monitor the presence of airborne fibres and meticulously manage the safety of all buildings and landfills.

We support research

We support medical and scientific research into asbestos-related diseases.

Learn more about our asbestos policy