Measuring and improving safety
The Bekaert safety policy is deployed through the Safety Tree model and monitored via the Bekaert Safety Evaluation System (BEKSES). In 2014, BEKSES audits (based on OHSAS 18001) were carried out in a number of plants. In newly acquired plants and plants recently added to the consolidation perimeter, special efforts were made to align the local safety management to the worldwide Bekaert approach.
To increase safety awareness even further, Bekaert included all recordable incidents (versus lost-time accidents) in its 2014 internal safety reports.
Following the fatal accident in Slovakia in 2013, a thorough investigation was conducted on similar equipment across all plants worldwide.
Continued focus on health
Because we attach great importance to a healthy working environment, we continued to invest in automated handling equipment and other workplace ergonomics in 2014. To coincide with our International Health & Safety Week, we implemented a vitality program with the aim of letting teams move together in a healthy way.