We see occupational safety as a cornerstone of our responsibility for the health of our employees. To prevent accidents at work and work-related illnesses, we have established a company-wide network. The Environmental, Safety and Health Committee is made up of 33 members from management, the heads of supply chain management from the company’s four divisions, one safety expert, our environmental officer, our company doctor, a representative from the works council, the fire and waste officer, the head of facility management and the head of the WERKZEUG-TECHNOLOGIE-ZENTRUM (mould technology centre). In their regular meetings, they continuously develop and initiate measures to improve safety at work within the company.
A separate expert committee of the works council is also dedicated to this area. The Occupational Health and Safety Committee consists of eight members of the works council. Among other things, they carry out regular inspections of the production halls and company premises. Workplaces are assessed for exposure to light, noise or air. The correct arrangement of workstations and fulfilment of ergonomic requirements are also checked.
In the technical field of plastics processing, the focus is on accident prevention, especially regarding work on various types of equipment such as injection moulding Injection moulding Injection moulding is a fully automated process with high reproducibility. It is suitable for the production of complex moulded parts as mass-produced articles. closeInjection moulding is a fully automated process with high reproducibility. It is suitable for the production of complex moulded parts as mass-produced articles. closeinjection moulding and thermoforming Thermoforming Thermoforming is understood as a process that serves to transform thermoplastics. The process was formerly known as “deep drawing”. closeThermoforming is understood as a process that serves to transform thermoplastics. The process was formerly known as “deep drawing”. closethermoforming machines, silos, tanks, presses, conveyors and assembly machines, as well as in the areas of transport and storage. When a new machine, system or working process is introduced, the related risks are assessed. The risk assessment is continuously updated.
At 17 percentage points, the accident rates for 2018 and 2017 were relatively low – but still not at a satisfactory level for us. Hand injuries and cuts (19) were the most common consequences of accidents in 2018.
Accidents that cause more than three days of absence are considered as reportable.
Corporate health management
Our employee benefits include a wide range of provisions that have a positive effect on the health of our staff. A concept for comprehensive occupational health management is currently under development.
By offering future-oriented, preventative services to maintain our employees’ ability to work, we assume social responsibility with the aim of reducing sick leave and increasing job satisfaction. Our current range of health-promoting services includes measures in the field of exercise (including subsidised gym sessions at Hansefit und Qualitrain, stretch classes in plant 1 Pöppelmann plant 1 is located in Bakumer Straße in Lohne (Vechta district) and is the company’s main plant. It is home to the TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® and KAPSTO® production facilities and the holding administration. closeplant 1 during working hours, subsidies for bicycle or e-bike leasing), nutrition (including fresh salads and muesli every day, apple week, water dispensers), mental health (collaboration with counselling service Talino EAP GmbH, which Pöppelmann employees can use anonymously and free of charge even for conflict situations in their personal lives) and medical care through our company doctor.
An integral part of our healthcare provision is the company’s legendary “God’s Pharmacy”, which Gertrud Pöppelmann introduced in the 1980s. Company employees can stock up on a wide range of naturopathic juices, ointments, tinctures, creams and teas free of charge.
All in all, we have set ourselves the goal of meaningfully linking and expanding our measures in the area of workplace health promotion. This also applies to our concept of legally prescribed integration management, which aims to help employees overcome incapacity to work following long illnesses and keep them healthy and fit for work in the long run.