Health and safety
The fifth of six fields of activity with regard to corporate responsibility
Health is the most valuable asset that people possess and a basic prerequisite for personal development. Social developments like demographic change place increasing demands on health, particularly in companies. At Festo, the main focus is on people as a key success factor.
Better safe than sorry: Safety Month in Jinan
Health and occupational safety are an important issue for Festo worldwide, particularly at the production sites.
One of our biggest plants worldwide for supplying the Asian market is Jinan in China. There, a whole month is dedicated every year to the issue of safety.The campaign month held for the sixth time already last year witnessed measurable success: employees learnt how to administer first aid and put out fires, they practised evacuation measures and were given training about possible sources of accidents in the workplace and how to handle hazardous substances.
International safety standards
The health and safety of employees is highly valued at Festo. The ‘International Handbook for Safety’ by Festo defines the standard. It is aimed at providing a safe environment, safe processes and safe working conditions.
Training courses with safety specialists
The locations receive central support from safety specialists and are supplied with safety instructions and documents to be implemented as part of a global network. Training courses in the field of occupational safety and fire protection are expected to enable every employee to guarantee the intended safety level and to reinforce awareness for their own health and safety. By means of this comprehensive health and safety prevention system, the safety standard and health protection can be ensured over the long term and further improved beyond this.
Health management for all employees
Since the foundation of the working health committee in 1997, Festo has taken active responsibility for the health promotion system, which is being constantly developed.
Wide range for all areas
A works agreement made in 2003 for the German locations institutionalises the matter and links it with its own budget. A wide range of measures is now established: ergonomic workplace analyses in production and the office areas, movement and relaxation courses, nutrition workshops, courses for healthy cooking in the canteen, health lectures and much more to keep employees fit and healthy. Since 2011, we have been setting up a company health-management system that goes beyond mere health promotion.