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For Siemens, safety is a business task, a social responsibility, and a factor of success.
Prevention of health hazards, accidents, and incidents of injury is key element of our company’s sustainable strategy and an integral part of our business processes. Occupational safety and the successful management of Technical Risks play an essential role in protecting our employees and assets and thereby contribute to strengthening Siemens’ competitiveness.
We therefore develop central programs and processes that are applied locally and adapted to the respective business needs. Safety management is an integral part of our Business Conduct Guidelines, our internal monitoring systems, and our risk management and internal controls.
The prevention of accidents must not be perceived as a statutory directive, but rather as a precept of human obligation and commercial good sense.
Each of us is responsible for safety. We take care of each other.
We are convinced, that further improvement can be achieved only through an actively practiced safety culture and optimal working conditions – in every country and for all Siemens employees as well as those of our contractors. Both as a company and as individuals, we are responsible for ensuring that the working environment at Siemens is safe at all times and for every employee. To achieve sustainable performance, we strive for a global and consistent approach that builds on local management systems and best practices.
Zero Harm Culture @ Siemens
Not only our customers and suppliers expect us to maintain high safety standards, but regulatory authorities around the world as well. But safe behavior is governed not only by complying with laws, regulations and procedures, but also by the personal values and mindsets of managers and employees. Our Zero Harm Culture @ Siemens program, launched in fiscal 2012, takes both aspects into account to achieve a lasting and sustainable change in the way people think and behave when it comes to safety, thereby driving the targeted cultural change on occupational safety and health management.
Our program follows three basic principles: Zero accidents – it is achievable! Health and safety – no compromises! We take care of each other! Our employees are our greatest asset. It is why we want every single Siemens employee to be able to rely on a safe working environment at all times so that they return to their family and friends as healthy as when they started the day. There is no compromise on safety and health. Zero Harm Culture @ Siemens – safety as a matter of conviction. To align businesses and countries, we have developed the Zero Harm Culture @ Siemens Country concept. In addition, our businesses and countries further improve safety at the local level through various activities per local needs and requirements.
Siemens shows great commitment in improving the safety of construction sites and project sites in India, and TÜV Rheinland is proud to support Siemens in this endeavor.
One example of a local activity is the safety park in India, where Siemens and third-party project site managers and personnel are trained with a focus on high-risk activities. The training is conducted in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland and ends with an exam and certificate. This initiative has allowed us to make significant progress in improving cooperations with contractors and safety culture.
In order to reduce the number of accidents, we have introduced additional business-specific actions and programs, particularly on construction sites and in projects. We also take a very rigorous approach to selecting contractor companies and introduce stringent occupational safety requirements. In safety and health management we require a detailed risk assessment for every construction site and project. As a result of the systematic assessment process, we have developed and introduced, a number of contractor companies have been excluded from Siemens projects or are under review. They will not be reconsidered by us as potential contractors until the identified issues are objected and assessment processes have been successfully completed again.
The central programs and processes we develop are applied locally and adapted to the respective business needs. Occupational health and safety management are an integral part of our Business Conduct Guidelines, our internal monitoring systems, and our risk management and internal controls. In addition, occupational safety is part of an international framework agreement between Siemens AG, the Central Works Council of Siemens AG, IG Metall and the global union IndustriAll.
The state-of-the-art Wind Service Training Center in Orlando, Florida, prepares customers as well as Siemens wind service technicians for the safe and efficient maintenance and service of wind turbines. The 3,700-square-metre training center, opened in 2013, offers the best possible learning environment. A combination of theory and practice ensures Siemens technicians gain the experience and qualification they need to work safely and efficiently.
The consistent and on-going assessment of Technical Risks and the resulting protective measures are the basis for sustainable success. Siemens has established globally binding requirements for fire safety, explosion protection, and radiation safety, for the transport of dangerous goods and for EHS emergency management in order to protect people, the environment, property and assets, and our business processes.
Our globally active expert organization ensures the implementation of international and national, insurance-related, and Siemens regulations on these issues. As part of our proactive risk management, we identify and assess site and user-specific hazards and risks, implement risk mitigation concepts and strategies, and regularly review their effectiveness. In this way, we combine all important aspects related to Technical Risks and contribute to the safety of our customers and employees, as well as the protection of the environment and our business processes.
Best possible prevention of risks to people or property as well as damage to the environment, to the means of transport used and to other goods. Complying with all dangerous goods regulations eliminates or reduces risks.
Siemens specifies mandatory minimum requirements throughout Siemens group worldwide for operational, structural and technical fire safety to minimize the risk of fire and resulting consequences.
The mandatory minimum requirements throughout Siemens group worldwide include both technical and organizational measures intended to prevent explosions or to minimize their effects.
Radiation safety is part of our proactive risk management. We take protective measures at workstations and design our products so that they do not include or pose radiation-related health risks.
The purpose of EHS emergency management at our facilities is to protect people, the environment, and assets by introducing an effective emergency preparedness and emergency response on site.