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Good health and well-being
Preserving people’s health and safety is one of PAREX guiding values. The Health and Safety Policy is under the direct responsibility of the Group’s Chairman.
On all of its sites throughout the world, the Group pays great attention to its employees’ working and living conditions and their compliance with Health and Safety standards.
Several initiatives undertaken in 2016 and 2017 provide clear evidence of the Group’s willingness to preserve the health and well-being of its employees:
provision of defibrillators and associated training in their use has continued in several countries including Spain and Malaysia
special attention has been given to good practices with respect to workplace ergonomics,
organization of weekly chiropractor visits to the Wetherill Park site in Australia,
provision of massage sessions for employees based at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France,
pre-work gymnastic warm-up exercises aimed at reducing the risk of muscular accidents were implemented in 2017 in the Philippines, Malaysia and Brazil and also at the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier Research and Training Centre in France.
Health and Safety management is an integral process in the overall management of Group; it is a key element of behavior and each and every member of staff is expected to set a good example and to show rigor and commitment.
Actions have also been undertaken at Group level to reduce the quantities of dust emissions on sites.
In 2016, the Group launched the Systematic Dust Reduction (SDR) program.
As a result, 3 sets of actions are now taken on all sites: 1) measuring dust levels, 2) installation or upgrading of industrial equipment to reduce dust levels, 3) changing mentalities within the teams to overcome the idea that dust in inevitable.
Examples of some of our key achievements in 2016 and 2017 include:
a significant reduction in dust levels has been achieved at our Portet-sur-Garonne site close to Toulouse by increasing the number of dust collectors over the whole production chain. The installation of a centralized suction device completes this system, allowing the immediate cleaning of potential spillages.
In Australia, “Clean as you go” is practiced on all sites,
in China, 3 of our 9 sites are now equipped with an online dust measurement system, the objective being to have all sites in the country similarly equipped by the end of 2018.
Last but not least, the Group is committed to reducing the risks associated with the handling of heavy loads.
To this effect, material-handling equipment has been installed on several sites, including Saint- Amand in France.
The majority of tile adhesives developed by PAREX in France have been awarded A+ certification, which guarantees that workers breathe an excellent quality of air during tile laying operations.
5074 PROLICREME tile adhesive, for instance, employs dust-free technology and is ideally packaged in 15 kg bags with handles. A 15 kg bag of this very effective lightweight adhesive yields identical coverage to that of a 25 kg bag of traditional tile adhesive.
The rollout of this range continues in China, where the products have also obtained this certification.
The leading producer and champion of lightweight mortars in France, PAREX focuses on developing products that are easier for use by craftsmen; lighter in weight but delivering identical performance and yield. For instance, MONOMAX GM and MONOMAX BLANCO are semi-lightweight single-layer coatings for facades combining the advantages of a lightweight product (24 kg transported for a final square-meter coverage equal to that of a 30 kg bag of heavy coating) and the performance characteristics of a heavy coating.