SPIE’s french subsidiaries rewarded for their safety policy

Published on 06 June 2019
Seven prizes won in the 2018 SERCE/OPPBTP Safety Competition


Cergy, June 6, 2019 – SPIE France, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, and two of its subsidiaries were awarded seven prizes in the 2018 SERCE/OPPBTP Safety Competition. The competition recognises both commitment and ability to innovate in the fields of risk prevention and workplace accidents.

The SERCE[i]/OPPBTP[ii] Safety Competition has been honouring the most successful business units in workplace health and safety since 1965. The efforts made by the competitors are assessed using two approaches. The first, “Statistics & Safety Strategy”, assesses overall performance. It is based on an examination of the frequency and severity rates for all the business units within the profession. The second, known as “Safety Challenge”, focuses on the specific actions undertaken by participants to prevent risk.

The Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, a subsidiary of SPIE France, was awarded for its success in the first approach, while SPIE France, SPIE Nucléaire and SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire all received prizes in the “Safety Challenge” category.

First jury prize in the “Training” category for SPIE France’s “Mobile Safety Schools”

Recognised for setting up seven Mobile Safety Schools, SPIE France is really driving home its message “We are all safety operators! Our number one performance commitment”. The training courses offered by the Mobile Safety Schools to groups of 6 employees will allow to gain an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the SPIE Health & Safety Code, to explore the major risks inherent to the subsidiaries’ activities, and to ensure the operational requirements and measures for preparing for and carrying out interventions are understood. The courses combine the practical with the theoretical using very specific, situation-based exercises and a driving simulator.

Two prizes for SPIE Nucléaire

  • First prize in the “Procedures, Operating Processes” category for developing a two-stage electricity lockout procedure.
  • Joint second prize in the “Employee Mobilisation” category for its focus on new starters by attaching a sticker to their helmet and monitoring through a tutor responsible for supporting and assessing them.

Four prizes for the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire

  • Second prize in the “Statistics & Safety Strategy” category for overall performance by the service-sector buildings operational team in Lyon, France.
  • Joint second prize in the “Employee Mobilisation” category for its on-site preparatory talks during which employees participate in developing the operating process in terms of the safety of their future tasks in relation to associated risks.
  • Second prize in the “Materials” category for implementing a secure material transport trolley with electrical assistance, thereby limiting the physical efforts of employees.
  • Second prize in the “Health” category for its hour-long sophrology sessions aiming to familiarise all employees with recovery techniques (known as “micro-siestas”).

These seven prizes demonstrate our “zero accident” ambitions and place safety at the very core of our priorities. We want to progress towards greater safety for each of our employees by making safety our first performance commitment,” explains Oliver Domergue, Managing Director of SPIE France.

[i] SERCE : French professional organisation of electrical and HVAC engineering companies)

[ii] OPPBTP : French Organisation for Prevention of Occupational Hazards in the Construction Industry