Press release

Safety Week at Colas: June 26-30, 2017 - 5th edition of a week dedicated to safety for Group employees worldwide

For the 5th consecutive year, Colas is organizing a week-long event dedicated to safety, called Safety Week, throughout its business networks in France and around the world. The program this year focuses on the theme of health and fitness.

One week to test one’s fitness level and become more aware of the importance of good health

Launched by a video message from Philippe Simarik, Colas' Prevention, Health and Safety Manager, the 2017 edition of Safety Week highlights the fact that being in good physical shape can prevent a great number of accidents.

The 2017 Safety Week will give employees the opportunity to test their physical fitness through fun exercises involving balance, breathing, coordination, flexibility, back pain, and sleep improvement ... During a series of workshops, employees will learn more about preserving and improving their overall health, thanks to messages delivered by Stéphane Guerinot, physiotherapist and former Olympic rowing athlete.

The Safety Attitude:Colas’ Safety Culture

Colas’ safety policy is built on four cornerstones:

  • Follow the safety rules: mandatory use of personal protective equipment for all Colas personal on the jobsite (hardhats, high-visibility full coverage clothes, gloves, etc.) and mandatory use of seatbelts on all equipment.
  • Training and Information: culture safety training for every new employee, regardless of his/her job position, organizing Starter meetings on site, weekly safety meetings between site supervisor and teams to focus on safety, and when changing tasks.
  • Design with safety process in mind: systematic risk analysis when preparing projects and for any new production or maintenance process. This year, there will be a special focus on dust risks.
  • Verifying actions undertaken by the Group: measuring efficiency of actions and identifying paths for improvement via safety audits.

Safety is the Group’s number one value, and it has been enforcing an active risk and accident prevention for over 20 years. 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.

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