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#LearnHow we’ve had a golden year for health and safety

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For the second year running each of our manufacturing sites has achieved the gold standard for their health and safety records.
Our most recent audit, which measures the number of accidents and days lost to accidents, shows all 15 sites scored more than 80 per cent - the benchmark for gold status. Last year was the first time since records began that all sites had achieved the golden grade.
It marks another fantastic year for health and safety at LINPAC and the latest scores demonstrate that the changes implemented across the company during the past few years have really started to become embedded in the way we work and operate. To see the results that we are doing so quickly is a great achievement for everyone at LINPAC.
There was also an improvement on the number of sites rated as 4*Gold - those scoring 90% and above – up from five in 2012 to nine in 2013, including Beeskow, Germany; Featherstone, UK; Pontivy, France; Spanish sites Pravia Canedo, Pravia Quintana I and II and Pravia Vegafriosa; Ritterhude, Germany and Verona, Italy.
Ritterhude pipped German neighbours Beeskow to be crowned best performing site in 2013. All this underscores how good Health and Safety, Hygiene and Environment practice is at the heart of everything we do.

#LearnHow how health and safety works across all out sites
Last year LINPAC saw new environment, health and safety policies implemented around the countries generate some great success stories at our sites.

To assess the value and importance placed on health and safety by colleagues at the Pravia site, the team have conducted two surveys in the past few years.
The purpose of the surveys was to learn about employees’ understanding of health and safety at LINPAC and what they thought about how the company implemented related policies and procedures.
The results of the latest survey were very positive. More than 83% of respondents said they had a good understanding of the health and safety procedures in place at their site, an increase of 6% from  2012, and more than 88% said they believed the company took health and safety seriously through the policies being implemented, an increase of more than 5% on 2012’s figure of 82.6%.
At LINPAC our employees are our internal customers and we work for them, making sure our warehouses, production sites, offices and workshops are safer places to work. These results are very good news but we will continue to work to involve our people more and achieve our zero incidents objective.

The Pontivy site has invested in new pallet equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of back strains and other ‘lifting’ injuries to employees.
The equipment helps operators move and lift pallets safely and easily and could reduce the number of bad postures and related injuries by 15,000 each year.
The new equipment is a simple solution to a serious issue and will benefit more than 100 operators working on site.

At Feathersone the team have achieved the highly desirable target of zero waste to landfill thanks to a major increase in the amount of material recycled on site.
Twenty tonnes of material such as polythene, cardboard and cardboard cores which would previously have gone to landfill has been recovered and recycled. Seventy two per cent of waste was recycled and 28% was turned into fuel known as Refuse Derived Fuel.

INFI, Valencia
The emergency team at INFIA’s Valencia site in Spain got a little hot under the collar during a fire extinguisher training course.
Members of the specially formed team tested their skills and knowledge during a series of exercises put together to learn them about the best way to tackle small fires which may occur in the factory.

The energy team at LINPAC Packaging Rigid GmbH have performed excellent work to achieve the DIN EN ISO 50001 Energy Management certification.
Certification entails energy savings, raised awareness and considerable tax refunds in accordance with the German Energy Tax law.
For 2014 the team in Beeskow has planned the introduction of a new energy controlling system which will provide detailed energy consumption data to drive forward future energy policies.

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