Safe Work

Malting is a highly automated industrial activity that is not labor-intensive. However the activity and its industrial environment do entail specific risks. Malteurop feels that ensuring the safety of its personnel is an absolute priority and that control over safety requires two things – substantial investments in the manufacturing facilities and effective prevention. Malteurop’s approach is based on a combination of resources: investment, rigorous safety procedures, involvement on the part of all personnel, and continuing training.

Identifying and evaluating specific risks

Storing and handling large quantities of grain create organic dust that can generate explosive atmospheres. This risk, known as ATEX risk, can be present in certain areas of malting plants, and access to these areas is strictly limited and regulated.

People working in large facilities must walk trough large volumes and are exposed to important variations in temperature and hygrometry. And ’round-the-clock operation of large machinery and the handling of big volumes of heavy products can generate mechanical hazards. These hazards require precautions and specific equipment, both as regards the machines and work spaces and individual protection for Malteurop’s personnel.

A complete, participative approach

On average, Malteurop Groupe devotes nearly 10% of its investments to workplace safety. This includes both investing in equipment and materials and investing in people, in particular for training.

Where equipment is concerned, investments go toward making all work and traffic spaces secure, managing mechanical risks by installing housings on machines, and providing individual equipment such as lone worker alarm devices.

At Malteurop, safety has an organizational dimension. It is associated with day-to-day operation and the company’s normal activities; safety procedures are generally an integral part of quality procedures and are included in a systematic approach.

In addition to equipment and procedures, safety is essentially a question of culture, behavior, and skills. Involvement on the part of our teams and continuing training are the most effective means of continuously improving safety.

Malteurop believes in the principle of People Based Safety, which is based on the idea that employees share responsibility both for their own safety and everyone else’s.

In this safety management system, participative approaches are implemented, for example: Safety surveys in which all employees are consulted; self-administration of questionnaires for evaluating a risk related to a particular task; monthly site committee meetings with management staff and production operators; the “Experience feedback on industrial accidents” method – used on incidents or quasi-incidents –; and finally stimulation of informal and ongoing exchanges on these topics.

Training is an indispensable means of improving safety. A range of measures and methods are being implemented in Malteurop group: for example, orientation training at each site for all individuals, internal or external; training in general safety procedures; specialized training courses (first aid, firefighting, etc.); training in survey procedures for monitoring and preventing incidents or quasi-incidents.

Finally, the external-audit procedure is indispensable for making progress in safety, whether the audits are required by local regulations or by the various certification bureaus in the countries where Malteurop has sites.