Act together to build a positive safety and health culture

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on collective action for a positive safety and health culture.

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28 April 2022

According to the International Labour Organization, 270 million employees worldwide suffer an accident at work every year. Occupational safety and health is therefore rightly a high priority for companies. Today's World Day for Safety and Health at Work draws attention to acting together to build a positive safety and health culture.

Accidents often happen quickly, and just a second's carelessness can have serious consequences. This makes it all the more important to repeatedly draw attention to occupational safety – and to do so across hierarchies. Because it is important to prevent accidents before they happen. At CWS, we live an open safety culture: every employee has the right to stop work and take remedial action when experiencing unsafe working conditions. In addition, all employees can submit suggestions on how the working environment can be improved in terms of safety via the employee suggestion scheme.

First aiders provide rapid assistance in an emergency

Unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented, which is why around 700 colleagues at CWS sites have been trained as first aiders. They know the right moves to make in an emergency and provide help in critical situations or accidents. Most people think of accidents at work as "typical" accidents such as falls and stumbles or injuries caused by bruising or scalding from hot vapours. But there is much more to it. In addition to wound care and stable lateral position, first aiders are also trained to recognise life-threatening disorders of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. This also includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Safety concerns everyone

There are no exceptions when it comes to safety: From trainees to CEOs, all colleagues are asked to keep their eyes open at all times to ensure that no accidents occur. This applies in the laundries and depots as well as at the office locations. And everyone can make a contribution to making the company safer. It is not only on World Day for Safety and Health at Work that we call on our employees to share their experiences and talk about safety. Because safety concerns everyone, every day.