Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment at every site worldwide and in every area of activity.
The Group’s health and safety strategy targets the following key areas:
- application of uniform procedures for identification and evaluation of risks
- adherence to the highest safety and ergonomics standards for plant and machinery design
- promotion of safe behavior through training initiatives and awareness campaigns
- assurance of a healthy work environment and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
For several years, FCA has been tracking and analyzing performance data in each of these areas on a monthly basis. Health and safety performance indicators are, in fact, an integral component of the Group’s industrial performance measures.
The commitment to achieving “zero accidents” is formalized in the Health and Safety Guidelines - which form the basis for policies in each area of activity - and through global adoption of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) certified to the OHSAS 18001 standard.
At year-end 2014, a total of 134 plants, accounting for 170,000 employees, had an OHSMS in place that was OHSAS 18001 certified.
Measures implemented over the years have contributed to significant improvements in all accident indicators. In 2014, the Frequency Rate was down 21.1% compared with the prior year (with 0.15 accidents per 100,000 hours worked) and the Severity Rate was down 16.7% (with 0.05 days absence due to accidents per 1,000 hours worked).
Effective safety management is also assured through the application of World Class Manufacturing tools and methodologies, active involvement of employees, development of specific know-how and targeted investment.
In Italy, investment in health and safety, combined with other measures, has resulted in a progressive reduction in the level of risk attributed to Group plants by INAIL, the national accident and disability agency. As a result, the Group was eligible for “good performer” premium discounts, resulting in total savings of about €16 million in 2012, €14.6 million in 2013 and €18.4 million in 2014.
In addition to safety in the workplace, the Group also has numerous initiatives to promote the health and well-being of employees and their families.
One example is represented by the FCA “WELL” initiative that promotes a healthy lifestyle and prevention of cardiovascular disease. This focus on healthy lifestyles is reflected in the Group’s sponsorship of Expo 2015, which is dedicated to the theme “access to food that is healthy, safe and sufficient for everyone on the planet.”