FLSmidth to hold first annual Safety Week

Workplace safety has always been a priority at FLSmidth. To re-emphasize the importance of safety, this topic will take center stage during FLSmidth’s first annual safety week. This event, which will take place from November 18–22, 2013, has been created to engage and create safety awareness among all FLSmidth employees, and to empower them to make the right choice when faced with risk.

We can’t have procedures for everything all of us do in life, but we can try to develop a culture where we always think about what we’re doing—whether it’s at work or in our private lives. We want to provide support so that our employees can act as safely as possible wherever they are.
— Peter Flanagan FLSmidth President, Mineral Processing Division

“What’s clear is that our people are our most important asset—and their health, safety and work environment has to be our top priority,” said Peter Flanagan, President of FLSmidth's Mineral Processing division.

In order to develop and maintain a focus on safety, each of FLSmidth’s more than 15,000 employees will participate in training sessions that total 2–3 hours during the week. These sessions will include:

  • Safety awareness training, including work with FLSmidth’s new safety principles
  • First Aid training, which will cover the four steps of cardiac chain of survival
  • Review of relevant local issues, main safety challenges and Q1–Q3 performance in safety
  • Group tours of FLSmidth’s various research and testing facilities, with an emphasis on best practices and key safety features

FLSmidth’s Group Health and Safety department, along with regional safety managers, will run the training. The safety week is the beginning of a series of items that will be implemented in the near future. These include:

  • Revision of policy and the launch of FLSmidth’s new safety principles (which will include video and other supporting materials)
  • Group reporting of near misses
  • Publication of FLSmidth's operating health and safety policies, which more thoroughly describe the company's internal standards for safety

“Safety has always been important for FLSmidth,” Flanagan said. “I think as we’ve grown and expanded to many different types of products and industries in so many places around the world, it has become clear that we’re involved with a number of activities—whether it’s working at a manufacturing shop, site erections or simply people driving to work and walking across the parking lot—that do put our people at risk.”

The goal isn’t to eliminate all risk from all workplaces around the world—that would be impossible. Rather, FLSmidth employees will strive to develop a safety state of mind where they can be aware of risks and have the proper training to mitigate those potential dangers.

“We can’t have procedures for everything all of us do in life, but we can try to develop a culture where we always think about what we’re doing—whether it’s at work or in our private lives,” Flanagan said. “We want to provide support so that our employees can act as safely as possible wherever they are.”

This mindset applies to all FLSmidth employees, whether they work at a mine, laboratory or office.

“It’s true that we have different places we work in, and some of those have more inherent risk—like a mine site or a manufacturing shop,” Flanagan said. “Some of these risks are within our control, and some of them aren’t. All sites, though, have a certain level or risk, whether it’s walking up the stairs or walking on a slippery bathroom floor in an office building. Some risks will never go away, but if we manage and mitigate those risks appropriately, that’s the way we’re going to get to our goal of zero harm.”

This event will serve as FLSmidth’s kickoff to a new safety program and will be repeated each year.

CONTACT: Uffe Halldorsson