Health and safety

During 2012, around 17,500 hours of training were given to personnel on accident prevention and occupational health and safety.

In particular, specific courses were held for technical staff and workers, for a total of around 1,800 hours of training, as well as two training sessions for senior managers, concerning positions that, in organisational terms, have authority/responsibility for occupational safety. As part of measures enacting directives of the State/Regions Agreement no. 211 of December 2011, supplemented by Agreement no. 153 of July 2012, the first step in safety training was completed in December 2012 for 850 workers and a total of 9,200 classroom hours, while training for 560 staff on temporary employee contracts amounting to 6,600 hours was given in the first half of the year.

Special attention was paid to issues concerning outsourced work, in terms of contract safety and operating interference during activities, involving specifically dedicated personnel.

During 2012, the company continued its "work place ergonomics" activities, with OCRA, NIOSH, SNOOK and CIRIELLO analysis, completing its major programme to identify specific risks of repetitive movements of the upper limbs. In this regard, more than 2,000 work duties were examined at the Pontedera, Scorzè and Mandello sites, identifying situations requiring ergonomic re-engineering which is still underway, and the related application of defined improvement measures.

As regards the identification of risks from the manual handling of loads, 935 work stations were examined in 2012, equal to 51% of all stations: activities are scheduled for completion in 2013.

During the year, surveys were carried out to verify the absence of hazards in the event of situations occurring related to the use of products/substances in the production cycle, as well as periodic controls on risk levels relative to particular factors such as electromagnetic fields, vibration, explosive atmospheres and the microclimate in summer.

As regards the latter issue, an operating methodology was consolidated (instrumental monitoring with measurement units in workshops and extra breaks in the case of environmental conditions significant in terms of health) the importance of which was recognised by the Prefecture of Pisa, which awarded Piaggio for “Good Practices in preventing risks to health and safety" in 2011, acknowledging the company's innovative choice of managing particularly adverse climatic conditions.

Piaggio was once again awarded 1st prize in 2012 for its “Ergoanalisi” (Ergonomics analysis) project, which combines the need to optimise production efficiency with an evaluation of work station ergonomics, from as early on as the design stage, in order to minimise the risk of biomechanical overload on the upper limbs.

The award was given in particular for the innovative good practices introduced, as they can reduce the risk at source, tangibly improving the working conditions of employees.

In October and November 2012, audits were successfully conducted by the Certification Company to maintain Piaggio certification of its health and safety management system for all operating sites in Italy up until December 2013.