Safety has top priority
For the Doors Division, avoiding accidents and injuries
is just as much a part of occupational health and safety as a corresponding risk analysis. A safe and healthy work environment is made possible by regular safety tours with all parties and corresponding improvement measures. The activities in the area of occupational health and safety include raising the awareness of employees, risk assessment at the workplace, ensuring machine safety, as well as the prevention of accidents and occupational illnesses.
Health promotion, prevention and training
Occupational health and safety are central and decisive topics in the entire value chain of the division. The reasons for this are obvious: Increased safety and prevention can prevent injuries and illnesses – and sometimes even save lives. At the same time, a clear commitment to occupational safety can also improve operational processes and profitability as well as reduce the risk of liability: Healthy, effective employees are the basis for optimised processes with less inactive time
and higher product quality.
Because the health and safety of employees always have top priority for the Doors Division, the lowest possible accident and illness rate is aimed for. The individual companies take numerous measures to maintain and promote the health and performance of the employees. This includes, among other things, company health programmes such as the platform "Focus on People" at Kermi and Bekon-Koralle or an extensive range of courses and seminars on a variety of topics. Professional company medical care and preventative medical check-ups can also be taken advantage of.
To identify possible hazards early on, the different committees of the companies (work protection committee, health task force, works council task force, work and health protection) hold regular meetings to analyse the current situation and develop suitable measures. Internal area inspections and hazard analyses have been implemented for all workplaces as a cross-divisional standard. Standardised processes make it possible to avoid hazards as much as possible. At Prüm, Garant and Invado, specific employee instructions on safety issues are already the norm. At RWD Schlatter, occupational health and safety is part of quality management; it is continually developed further by the safety officers and the shop floor management. In every work contract, the company also commits to its customers to maintain the highest standards of occupational health and safety. External business partners who work on the business premises of the division also commit to observing the previously communicated safety regulations of the division.
All employees of the Doors Division have access to subsidised occupational health services and programmes for health promotion, such as fitness, yoga, or Pilates. The division also provides each production employee with an individually adapted hearing protection. Health problems such as back pain are actively addressed by optimising the ergonomics at the workplace. Newly hired employees receive an in-depth safety instruction for their workplace and are trained for the requirements in their work area in regular courses.
Invado plans to install an automatic unloading unit for stud doors, in order to avoid manual unloading of heavy material in the future. A door buffer station is also being set up behind the machining centre to eliminate the hard manual work in this area. At the other companies, such automation was already implemented a long time ago – which has led to great relief and increased effectiveness.