Press release

Colas Safety Week: June 20-24, 2016 - 4th edition of a week dedicated to safety for Colas employees worldwide

For the fourth consecutive year, Colas is organizing a Safety Week throughout its business units worldwide. The program this year focuses on the theme: “I’m a pro. I wear my gear.”

Launched by a message from Colas’ Chairman and CEO Hervé le Bouc, Safety Week 2016 focuses on the mandatory use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Colas employees. A series of posters have been made to back a communication campaign that links the use of PPE to the idea of being a good professional (“I’m a pro. I wear my gear.”), thus drawing a parallel between the people at Colas and other professions such as soldiers, surgeons and firefighters.

This theme is one of the 4 cornerstones of Colas’ safety policy:

  • Follow the safety rules: mandatory use of personal protective equipment for all Colas personal on the jobsite: hardhats, hearing protectors, high-visibility full coverage clothes, gloves, safety shoes, etc.
  • Training and Information: safety training for every new employee, organizing Starter meetings on site, weekly safety meetings between site supervisor and teams to focus on safety when changing tasks.
  • Design with safety in mind: systematic risk analysis when preparing projects and for any new production or maintenance process.
  • Verifying actions undertaken by the Group: measuring efficiency of actions and identifying path for improvement via safety audits.

For the last 20 years, Colas has enforced an active risk and accident prevention. In 2013, a new program called Safety Attitude was launched to provide additional momentum to the Group’s safety culture, with the ambition of making Colas a reference in the field. This drive has enabled Colas to record its best ever safety results in 2015.

In May 2016, Colas once again demonstrated its commitment to road safety by renewing the Road Safety Charter with the French Government and the National Health Insurance Fund for Salaried Employees.

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