Occupational Health and Safety Award – safety category


Romain Schneider presented the Occupational Health and Safety Award to “VOLTIGE BENELUX” and “HUSKY Injection Molding Systems”

On 5 October 2020, the Minister of Social Security, Romain Schneider, presented the national Occupational Safety and Health Award in the “safety” category to the winners VOLTIGE BENELUX and HUSKY Injection Molding Systems.

The Occupational Safety and Health Forum, which traditionally serves as a platform for the presentation of the National Safety and Health Award, scheduled for 29 April 2020, had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The partners of the Award have therefore organised a three-stage award ceremony, on the one hand to honour the good practices of the winners and, on the other hand, to guarantee strict compliance with the health rules in force.

Of the 21 applications submitted at the end of January 2020, 5 companies were honoured in the “safety”, “health and well-being” and “multiplier” categories, according to criteria of innovation, prevention, effectiveness, sustainability and transferability. The jury was composed of representatives of the partners and organisers (AAA, DSATE, ITM, UEL, INDR). The three partner ministries are Health, Social Security, and Labour, Employment and Social Economy.

The second award ceremony took place in a small circle on 5 October at the Chamber of Commerce. The two winners of the “safety section” received the 2020 Occupational Health and Safety Award from Mr Romain Schneider, Minister for Social Security:

VOLTIGE BENELUX for its project “Plan d’intervention de secours pour les travaux en hauteur”:

When working at heights with the use of a harness, prior training on the measures to be taken in the event of evacuation and rescue is mandatory. VOLTIGE BENELUX has created an adapted training tool, called “Plan d’intervention de secours pour les travaux en hauteur” to improve the safety of the worker to be rescued as well as that of the rescuer. This intervention plan represents the protocol to be applied to the rescue of a worker at height, based on the 4 main actions of the rescuer “Protect – Examine – Alert – Rescue”. The pictograms used resemble those of the classic “First Aid at Work” plan, but are adapted to the specificities of jobs involving work and interventions at height requiring the wearing of specific personal protective equipment.

HUSKY Injection Molding Systems for their “Programme d’encouragement à la sécurité” project:

As part of its “TargetZERO” programme, HUSKY Luxembourg set up a safety incentive programme called “EHS incentive program” in January 2019 in order to improve working conditions within the site. Each month, teams participating in this program can earn or lose points according to criteria in 4 categories “Safe work”, “Proactivity”, “Leadership” and “Commitment”. At the end of the year, the 3 teams with the highest scores are rewarded. The aim of this programme is to raise awareness of the fact that everyone at every level of the hierarchy must play an “active” role in prevention.

Each winner received a prize of €5,000 and a corporate video about the winning project. The videos as well as the descriptive texts of the projects are available on the website https://visionzero.lu/fr/prix-sst/.

With this prize, the national partners are highlighting particularly innovative measures or products in the field of improving safety, health and well-being at work. The winning projects can be viewed on video and the public’s favourite can be voted on at www.visionzero.lu from 14 October to 6 November.

Minister Romain Schneider reaffirmed his ministry’s commitment to encouraging companies to improve safety, health and well-being at work. By signing the VISION ZERO national Charter at the 10th edition of the Forum in March 2016, the national stakeholders had moreover declared their shared responsibility in promoting safety and health at work, including the prevention of commuting accidents and occupational diseases. The strong themes of the VISION ZERO are leadership, empowerment, training and awareness. Nearly 200 companies have since committed to the VISION ZERO initiative, with action plans to back them up.

The two winners of the “health and well-being” category, CHEM and CHdN, received their awards from the Minister of Health on 1 October. The winner of the “multiplier agent” section will receive his prize from the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Economy on 12 October.