Strong focus on health and safety is critical in a business that carries a number of safety risks. High productivity hinges on employee wellbeing.
Core to Scania’s value Respect for the individual, the company aims to have active and engaged personnel, with high healthy attendance.
The strategic plan for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) addresses issues such as ergonomics, safety equipment, chemicals handling, mental and social wellbeing, first aid and crisis support, rehabilitation and road safety.
Taking individual responsibility
Shared ownership is the approach. The commitment to the wellbeing of our employees is reflected in the support organisation, which continually raises the safety bar. Launched in 2014, this new safety & health organisation incorporates both industrial and sales and services operations and is responsible for training and awareness raising, data collection and sharing best practice.
At the same time, every Scania manager must monitor progress against objectives and indicators as well as benchmark performance. But the approach is only successful if it visibly impacts the behaviour of every employee. Each individual has to take responsibility for his or her own workplace.
A Scania-wide approach
Expansion in emerging markets poses new challenges around safety. Sales and services operations have 18,000 employees whose workplaces are in workshops and vulnerable situations alongside highways. For this group of employees, Scania has broadened priorities, including roadside safety, proper risk assessments and revising safety and logistics procedures.
To address these, Scania has sharper focus on SHE training of sales and services managers. Since 2012 some 2,500 of their managers underwent training, including 1,200 in 2014.
All Scania employees must undergo regular health- and safety-related training, comprising both e-learning modules and workshops. With sales and services operations, and in 2014, Scania conducted on-the-job training for service technicians. Some 1,900 employees, primarily technicians, have undergone ergonomics training.
Joint management-worker meetings help monitor and advise on progress, addressing all issues relating to the working environment and worker wellbeing. This dialogue is outlined as mandatory in the management procedures and in the policy for working environment. Although committees cover the entire workforce in some geographic areas, most represent production staff.
Along the value chain
As reported last year, Scania expects its suppliers to live up to high health and safety standards and communicate the same priorities to their suppliers.
Scania also helps promote the health of our customers’ drivers. Scania Driver Care is a programme that has been developed to provide drivers with advice on health, diet, exercise and working environment.
Health and safety
Scania-wide, we measure progress within health and safety based on industry standards and tailored measurements. During 2014, one serious accident was reported at a workshop in Luxembourg. No fatalities occurred within Scania during the year.