The prevention of accidents must not be perceived as a statutory directive, but rather as a precept of human obligation and commercial good sense.Werner von Siemens, 1880
Each of us is responsible for safety. We take care of each other.Janina Kugel, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
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.
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.
Safety usually starts with rules, regulations, and instructions. Information and training are certainly an important cornerstone. But just addressing people’s minds isn’t enough to create a culture of safety. It’s essential that we also reach people’s hearts in order to build up a true Zero Harm Culture.
In a fresh approach to Zero Harm Culture, Siemens is enabling workers to experience the value of safety measures first hand. With modular mobile site safety parks in front of construction sites that recreate real-world scenarios, Siemens offers workers safety training that turns hands-on exercises into an enjoyable – and memorable – experience.
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.
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.
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