SPIE “Safety Day” 2018 - Understand and control everyday risks

Published on 07 June 2018

Cergy, June 7th, 2018 – SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is holding its “2018 Safety Day” on June 11th. This day is a real highlight for the Group and is an initiative shared by all its subsidiaries, directly involving every member of staff at SPIE.

SPIE “Safety Day” is being held for the 8th consecutive year by the Sustainable Development Department and this year is focused on the prevention of risks in the preparation and execution phases of operations: two key themes in the “Health and Safety” Code that was produced in 2016 to coincide with a previous “Safety Day”. Safety is a top priority for every single member of staff at SPIE, illustrated especially by our goal of “zero accidents”. Jérôme Lesne, SPIE Sustainable Development Director, explains: “We have established two fundamental principles. Firstly, employees cannot start an operation for which they feel under-prepared. Secondly, they must stop working on any operation that cannot be continued under optimum safe conditions.” Safety is therefore everyone’s concern, regardless of their level in the decision-making process.

“Safety Day” has been held in early June for a number of years and in 2018 is changing to meet a new objective. This day is more than just a reminder of the importance of safety at work, it is the opportunity for SPIE staff to identify, understand and control the risks in their everyday work, based on their own experience and know-how. So, Group workshops are being held, using a participative approach, to identify and highlight best practices on two key themes: work preparation and execution. Occupational accidents are in fact mainly caused by a lack of preparation or lack of control of the risks that may arise when executing a task. The work sessions will be led both by site coordinators and operational staff, in order to get maximum benefit from sharing on-the-ground expertise.

This day concerns the entire Group; it is therefore happening in every country where SPIE operates and at Group headquarters in Cergy, for supervisors and managers, people in support functions and operational staff alike.

Safety Day isn’t just an isolated event but is a powerful marker for our safety policy”, says Jérôme Lesne. “We will examine the results of all the work sessions and the three ideas that are the most relevant and applicable will be communicated across the entire Group. The contributors will then be awarded a prize.