One of the Group’s key priorities is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, in compliance with applicable law, by monitoring procedures, preventing health and occupational risks and training employees.
Thales is committed to a deliberate, responsible approach to prevention and protection for the safety of the Group’s employees.
This commitment, included within its ethical principles, has been a driver for the Group for over 15 years and is reflected in a policy to reduce health and safety impacts and risks in its various activities worldwide, in its products and at the various levels of the organisation.
Independently of ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and anticipating future regulatory changes, this deliberate policy has two key areas of focus in terms of health and safety:
• providing a safe and healthy working environment for its employees, on its own premises and on external sites;
• design, purchase, produce and provide solutions, products and services which meet health, safety and environmental
A dedicated organisation
The Group has established a global organisation designed to prevent risks related to workplace health and safety, whether at Thales sites or external sites, and to manage major health crises that could occur internationally.
Within the Group, the Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment Departments share the vast domain of health and safety (H&S). In collaboration with the Group’s medical coordinator, they define the H&S strategy, policy and processes.
They coordinate good practices, and associated frameworks, rolled out in the different countries in accordance with the national legislation and constraints.
They also take concrete actions in terms of prevention, health and safety in the workplace by taking into account the situation of each of the entities as regards regulatory compliance, workstation risk analysis, training and awareness plans, equipment maintenance, operational control and technological risks, as well as exercises in relation to emergency scenarios.
With a view to constantly improving its performance in terms of health, safety, and risk prevention, thanks to a network of “Health and Safety site/operations” coordinators in each country and entity, the Group has put in place a global organisation to ensure deployment of prevention measures on sites (exposure and protection of employees, risk analysis and implementation of avoidance and tailored protection measures, etc.) and in the context of operations carried out (industrial processes, substances, external sites,etc.).
A key priority: prevention and employee training
With health and safety one of the Group’s key priorities, for many years Thales has conducted regular analyses and updates of environmental risks to keep pace with changes in its business activities, scientific and technical developments and emerging challenges.
This analysis, formalised through risk mapping, is intended to:
• check the conformity of business activities and products used or placed on the market;
• ensure that employees are not exposed to specific risks;
• monitor that business activities are not likely to affect the environment through technological accidents;
• analyse and anticipate the impact of new regulations.
Risk mapping consolidates an overview of areas for improvement, which are addressed via action plans both at Group level and locally. Coordinated by the Risk Assessment Committee, the process to manage these risks likely to affect employees is monitored regularly. Finally, international Health and Safety Steering Committees ensure coordination of these policies. To underpin the Group’s skills in health and safety matters, dedicated training modules are also advertised in the Thales Learning
Hub brochure. As well as health and safety managers, these modules target the different job families: purchasing, design,operational managers, etc.
Thanks to these initiatives, in 2017, Thales pursued its programmes with a view to instilling a real “safety culture” by through the introduction of manager involvement.
Finally, as part of its deployment of certified management systems, at 31 December 2017 the Group recorded 107 OHSAS18001 certificates representing 82% of the worldwide workforce.