Why is this important?
As an employer, we feel responsible for the safety and health of our employees. Accidents can also damage the environment and have a negative impact on business productivity. Occupational safety and health are therefore top priorities within the technology industry. Nevertheless, accidents at work and occupational diseases still occur every year in the technology industry.
Our companies do everything possible to prevent accidents and occupational diseases through prevention, risk management and safety management, at least in accordance with the legal requirements and applicable standards. In the manufacturing industry, machine safety, process safety and ergonomics require permanent attention, while in service companies the focus is on ergonomics. Companies also set up sports and exercise programmes to encourage their employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
In 2020 and 2021, the coronavirus pandemic was an additional challenge for safety management in our companies. Stimulated by the coronavirus measures, companies evaluated their internal rules and working processes thoroughly. This led to far-reaching adjustments to ensure the safety of employees and to allow them to continue their business: distance rules, mouth masks, organising disinfection rounds, working from home, contact tracing and raising employees' awareness of the coronavirus measures.
Increasing pressure on performance, unbalanced work-life balance, isolation during the pandemic, burn-out: as in many other sectors, people's mental well-being is an important concern in our industry, also after the pandemic. We want to give this matter our undivided attention in our sector by working out a prevention policy on psychosocial strain and organizing courses on stress and burn-out prevention and resilience training.
Our contribution to a safer society
The technology industry is developing many applications and technologies that improve safety and ergonomics in business. For example, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud applications can help to monitor the use of equipment (in various industries), detect leaks (in heavy industries such as chemicals), increase driver safety (in logistics and transport) and so on. Virtual reality is increasingly used during safety training. Cobots take over work steps that are difficult, monotonous or dangerous from humans. Exoskeletons offer relief from heavy work and can prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
Technological applications also make society in general safer and healthier. For example, our companies develop solutions for safer traffic (intelligent traffic control, increasing safety in traffic tunnels, etc.) and better human health, such as high-tech medical equipment, Fitbits and all kinds of movement and health apps.
- We are committed to improving the physical and mental health of our employees.
- Frequency rate of occupational accidents in the technology industry
- Actual and overall severity rate of industrial accidents in the technology industry
- Total number of occupational diseases reported
- Absenteeism (longer than six months)
Where are we today?