Safety: Safety index

Every accident can be prevented. Therefore, safety remains an important, if not the most important, issue relating to the well-being of employees. The prevention of lost-time accidents is of primary importance for employees themselves, and by using a Last-Minute Risk Analysis (LMRA), the employee is encouraged to check at all times whether the working environment is safe. Large banners have been positioned in various production locations to remind employees to use the LMRA and to take no risks, to ensure there is enough space to work in, to keep the working environment clean and tidy, and to call each other to account when behaving unsafely.

“ Mindset of working safely is crucial to the well-being of employees.

Via the GSM app, employees can easily ‘Report Dangerous Situations’. The GSM app introduced by the Business Unit Surface treatment is also used in the Business Unit Steel and steel processing.

Forklifts are equipped with safety lighting so that employees can see within which lines they are not allowed to enter.

Instruction photo’s for working safely

On the (digital) information boards and at the workplaces, photos are showing situations with a potential accident hazard to show employees that even small mistakes can have major consequences.


The target for the Safety index in 2020 is unchanged: 12 or lower. The total figure of 22 mostly less serious accidents involving absenteeism, meant that the figure for ROTO at year-end 2020 was 17 (2019: 20). Unfortunately, the target of 12 has not yet been met. The last three years show a downward trend. For 2021, a safety index of 10 or lower has been set. The Business Unit Zinc recycling has not had an accident with absenteeism for 10 quarters.

The number of lost-time days as a result of accidents in 2020 was 602 (2019: 506). This equates to about 2.7 FTEs not working for a full year. In the last quarter of 2020 in particular, the number of lost-time days is higher than in previous quarters.

The conclusion remains, that lowering the Safety index remains a high priority with the ultimate goal being a Safety index of 0.