Championing organizational health and safety at thyssenkrupp

Being a multinational with a diverse matrix organization across multiple geographies, promoting a health and safety culture, and reducing employee risk, is key.

According to the International Labour Organization, every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident across the world, and more than 317 million accidents occur at the workplace annually – an alarming statistic.

In Asia Pacific, we cover 19 countries and 8 time zones with more than 27,000 employees. A large and diverse workforce reminds us of the human and economic implications of poor occupational safety and health practices, especially in such a complex region. Our health and safety philosophy mandates that each and every person who works for thyssenkrupp should be able to do so safely and remain healthy[1]. This doesn’t just mean being safe or free of sickness – it means a state of physical, mental and social well-being that enables employees to perform well at work and reach home safely, irrespective of whether they are a board member, manager, other executive or supervisor.

However, as diversified industrial, minimizing workplace accidents is the first tangible step for us to ensure our employees’ safety. Towards this, we have instituted a ‘Zero Accident’ policy globally to reduce the accident frequency rate at our locations by more than 10% each year. This is achieved by systematically eliminating unsafe conditions and acts. Our OSH and management teams work to identify safety weaknesses and risks to health, exchange information on how to improve, consistently implement ideas for improvements, and monitor their effect.

Being safe at work is more than just a guideline or good compliance. It is a comprehensive culture of well-being that promotes healthier people, better economic performance, and also more engaged employees! At thyssenkrupp, we have come up with exciting ideas to implement workplace safety measures and know-how for their employees wherever they are – raising awareness and engagement while truly incorporating real-time risk mitigation and promoting well-being. This year, we have launched “We Move the World”, in which 18,000 employees in Asia Pacific participated to raise awareness on workplace safety and health with a pedometer challenge. With our employees coming together to spread the word, we can and will improve safety and health outcomes across our organization.

[1] OSH Manual

Contributed by Kent Chai, Head of Occupational Safety and Health, Asia Pacific