Technology & Digital Innovation

EHS, between success and new challenges

The year 2015 was a very intense one for EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), which has invested so much to make our workplace safer, but we expect 2016 to be equally challenging and demanding. We collected the main results achieved to give you a preview of what will take place in the next few months at our plants.

In 2015, all Avio Aero sites seized the challenge to ensure a high level of safety in maintenance and service, by implementing LOTO (Lockout / Tagout), which protects workers against the unintended or unauthorized start of machines and/or systems, regardless of their source of power (e.g. electrical, hydraulic, thermal, etc.).
To implement the program, it was necessary to invest in many resources to acquire tools, train personnel (over 250 persons), and draft specific procedures for over 1,400 machines. In 2016, this approach will be extended to the plant general systems (e.g. general power network, compressed air, etc.), involving outside companies that currently work at our plants in the initiative as well.

The year 2016 starts with the implementation of the MOC procedure, which regulates the Management of Change. Each time a change is made—a process, machine, system is added or changed, a layout is varied, time and work methods are changed, chemical products are added or changed—it can have an impact on the environment, health and safety of the workplace. These impacts can also be very significant: employee exposure to risk, effects on fire prevention, requirements for preventive authorizations or compliance with specific provisions of the law, increase in emissions or production of refuse. The goal of the MOC is to ensure that each change is assessed by all departments involved in a timely fashion, before it is implemented, and that all potential impacts are identified and properly managed. 

The first-aid team at Avio Aero Rivalta plant

There have been many activities at this site, including: installation of 16 defibrillators along with the training of 135 employees on using recognizable red badges and/or trousers; creation of a new extraction system for the washing booths and final inspection booths of the NDT system (Non-Destructive Testing) in the Mechanical Transmissions area, to the great satisfaction of employees; assessment of work-related stress risk of 17 uniform groups carried out with the support of a labor psychologist; safety improvements of around 300 machines, by the Machine Guarding team. In 2015, around 3 million Euros were invested in EHS projects, and around 12,000 hours of training were carried out on EHS topics.
The new year started with the installation in the Rotor Component area of the automatic PPE dispensers (gloves, goggles, etc.) that will be extended to the whole plant, and, over the next few months, machinery safety improvements will be completed, and laboratory extraction system overhaul will begin.

The site's best practice is the application of the IHRA Program (Industrial Hygiene) according to the standards of General Electric – Avio Aero Pilot Site. The challenge was to collect and analyze a significant quantity of data on exposure to the risk factors of all activities carried out at the forgery. The result is a thorough knowledge of all the risks to workers' health, which translated into increased focus on prevention and protection systems.
In 2016, for the first time in its history, Getti Speciali will have a safety management system certified according to the OHSAS 18001 standard. This critical milestone is the result of years of efforts and investments by company management and all employees.

The site was added to the OHSAS 18001 certification, successfully passing the official audit carried out by the certification agency. Currently, the organization is working on obtaining the environmental management system certification according to the ISO 14001 standard.

The site's best practice concerns the creation of “One day EHS training”: 10 classes, 10 teachers, 240 employees are to attend the training refresher in one day, thus reducing impact on production. The main goal for 2016 is the Smoking Awareness Campaign: 8 equipped smoking points, 4 informational meetings with the persons in charge, 1 educational program, in collaboration with ASL NA 3 SUD (SerT), for those who wish to quit.

Last year ended with two major successes: the risk assessment tool to assess the risks of around 2000 work tools, and the implementation of the GE Smoking Policy through a Smoking Awareness Campaign in collaboration with Lega Italiana Lotta Tumori, the Italian League against Cancer. Soon, workstation risk assessment will begin and PPE dispensers will be installed.