Safety as a prerequisite
The Bekaert safety policy is deployed through the Safety Tree model and monitored via the Bekaert Safety Evaluation System (BEKSES). In 2015, BEKSES audits (based on OHSAS 18001) were carried out on a global scale and action plans were defined. In newly acquired plants and plants recently added to the consolidation perimeter, special efforts were made to align local safety management and practices with the worldwide Bekaert approach.
Taking safety to the next level
In 2015 Bekaert started a Safety Excellence project, aimed at improving safety awareness and performance throughout the Group. The program applies to several levels of the organization: from the Bekaert Group Executive, the plant & first line managers, to the shop floor workers. In a first wave six pilot plants underwent an assessment and on-site interviews. Based on the results, a roadmap for implementation has been established. In the course of 2016 the program will be continued in other plants, and be rolled out as part of the Manufacturing Excellence program which also has a global implementation scope.