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SAFETY FOR ALL

The commitment of our employees is critical for the success of our operations. Therefore, we care about the safety and well-being of everyone.
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Health and Safety in the Workplace

We care about the well-being of our employees by providing safe infrastructures and equipment and by also holding safety awareness campaigns focused on introducing a culture of prevention when it comes to behaviours associated with workplace accidents and occupational illnesses.

Health examinations to our employees in 2017

Portugal
27,666
Poland
78,548
Colombia
4,592

Portugal

Under the slogan “Safety or Consequence”, we launched a campaign related to handling loads, which focused three pillars: training, awareness and promoting the topic among our teams. The Safety Delegates – employees who are entrusted with the responsibility to train their co-workers and encourage the use of best practices – were the ambassadors of this campaign.

We also carried out psychosocial and ergonomic risk assessment actions, as well as training, simulations and employees’ assessments regarding safety and security.  Moreover, in addition to the medical examinations for monitoring health, we offered various screenings aimed at raising awareness about the importance of preventive care and share healthy practices.

The year of 2017 was marked by the roll-out of the digital platform JM Care, to manage medical examinations, auditing of workstations and managing health promotion in the workplace programmes.

 

Poland

We rewarded the stores that showed a special interest in topics related to a safe environment and employee engagement. We held the “Nationwide First Aid Competitions” event for rescue teams, in partnership with the State Fire Fighting Services, in addition to regular training, information and documentation initiatives, among others.

Biedronka’s OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Systems certification, from Det Norske Veritas, makes the banner the only retailer in the Polish market to have been awarded this distinction, confirming its high level of operational safety.

We recorded a decrease in the frequency and severity of workplace accidents, which reflects the implementation of a programme for preventing the most common causes of workplace accidents, known as the “3 Areas of Particular Hazard”: in-store movement, handling shopping carts and using cutlery.

 

Colombia

We boosted training and information in the operational areas and recorded a decrease in the severity rate.