Awareness raising and training

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.

Training activity in 2008 was focused on spreading the “safety culture” as the essential starting point from which individual employees at all levels of responsibility can - and therefore must - make a commitment to learning the adopted rules, models and safe work procedures.

The training activity carried out at the Italian operating units, “Working Safely”, is an example of the adopted training approach. This programme engaged the participation of all blue-collar workers in numerous training sessions.

At the same time, the safety training programme continued for new hires and anyone else who, in various capacities (agency work, internships, etc.), started working at Pirelli.

Training for personnel with operational assignments was provided through specific sessions held both in the classroom and, especially, in the workplace.

Educational tools also included operational instructions describing the typical duties of various positions. Experience gained through risk analysis reviews and from past injuries was also shared.

Workers at all production plants were given training on how to handle emergencies.

The “Pirelli HSE Campus” initiative was launched at the beginning of 2009. It offers a catalogue of courses and seminars given at Group operating units by qualified Company personnel. This programme targets managers in order to provide them with skills and knowledge about the best operating practises. The topics listed in the catalogue include ergonomics, risk assessment, behavioural analysis and management systems.

Exchange of experiences by factories

An ad hoc information system collects all information about the injuries occurring in Pirelli Tyre factories (accident analysis, adopted corrective measures, etc.) and, if the dynamics of a particularly event are significant, all sites are informed and urged to:

  • carry out an internal audit as to whether conditions similar to those that caused the injury exist at their plant;
  • define any corrective measures.

This information system is used to collect the solutions adopted by the various sites and share those that are considered the best.

Another information system provides all production units with the “Best of Best”, i.e. the best practises applied, which also include actions for occupational safety improvements. This process is integrated in the Pirelli Manufacturing System (PMS).

Pirelli Real Estate S.p.A.

Safety information

Distribution of informational pamphlets to all Group employees according to their position and degree of risk was completed in 2008.

Furthermore, the “Safety” section on the Company Intranet was put online. Accessible to all employees, it contains over 60 prevention and protection information tools. Some of them are particularly innovative and are geared specifically to blue-collar workers, safety officers and project managers.

The site is organised as follows:

  • information and training: it contains risk fact sheets for all job positions at the Pirelli RE Group, work in brownfield areas, coordination of work on buildings, installations and construction sites. It also contains a guide to safe driving;
  • work procedures;
  • safety on the job;
  • safety at construction sites;
  • management and safety of properties (it also contains an operational fire prevention manual for Property Managers);
  • operating standards for Pirelli RE technical staff (analysis of various, specific job risk situations and the hazards of drinking alcoholic beverages on the job);
  • work equipment fact sheets (buyer’s guide, safety hazards, prevention and protection measures, user instructions, IPDs for the use of equipment);
  • technical pamphlets (including one on asbestos risks, which was prepared in-house so that it most accurately reflect actual operating conditions at the Group);
  • safety news: a list of statutory changes in the field of safety, accident prevention, occupational hygiene and property management.

In 2008 the number of information tools rose from about 100 to about 120 (from 60 to 100 between 2007 and 2008). Each one is fully up-to-date in accordance with the regulatory provisions introduced by the Consolidated Safety Law.

The construction site safety management and control system was also thoroughly revised. It envisages first and second level controls to protect all affected persons, particularly for the workers employed by the various contractors.

Safety training

In 2007, training requirements, including those for new hires (mainly blue-collar workers), were revised following a thorough reorganisation. Human Resources initiated a specific survey of the training provided for this purpose. The effects of these initiatives took form in 2008.

As part of the profound reorganisation underway throughout the Pirelli RE Group and the entry into force of the Consolidated Safety Law in the last quarter of 2008, a new training plan was prepared for implementation in 2009.

This plan calls for:

  • a self-paced seminar (offered over the corporate Intranet) addressing the new Consolidated Safety Law that targets all employees;
  • specific training sessions targeting safety managers;
  • specific training sessions targeting safety officers, when named and designated, addressing their job activities;
  • specific training sessions targeting the Fond Managers;
  • in-service training sessions on first-aid and fire prevention.

The “Safety” section of the Pirelli RE Intranet also contains the Catalogue of safety courses.

Other Group Sectors / Companies

Safety is also a key part of employee training programmes at other Group sectors / companies.

In 2008, training offered at these companies addressed, among other topics, safe working practises in laboratories and during experiments, with a special focus on training and information campaigns for new recruits and external personnel.