Industrial risk management


Zodiac Aerospace deploys an industrial management policy that places paramount importance on personal safety, both at the Group’s sites and, via the REACH program, at its main suppliers.

 

An approach that puts personal safety first

In this context, the Group embarked on has an active policy to reduce accidents at work, with the objective of reducing the risk to zero. Industrial risk management results in two priority areas:

  • Fire prevention;
  • Business continuity plans.

 

Risk assessment

Developed as of the reports of the Group's insurance company engineers, the risk level of each Zodiac Aerospace site is assessed on a scale from A (highly protected with respect to risk) to D (medium risk level). This ranking reinforces the Group's sites protection and prioritizes the actions to implement. During the 2014 / 2015 financial year, 84 of the 88 sites visited by the insurer were classified A, B or C. Corrective actions have been taken to enhance the security of the 4 sites identified D.

 

Business Continuity Plan

The Group has set up business continuity plans (BCPs). In particular, these BCPs are designed to assess the risks and methods for restarting internal and sub-contracted production activities in the event of a major disaster at a Group site.


Substitution plan for hazardous substances

Zodiac Aerospace has strengthened its substitution plan for hazardous substance to protect its employees and to avoid a negative impact on the environment. Any additional chemical, used in our production, must be validated by the Environment / Safety Group managers. A database is in place in each site with all safety data sheets referenced. The Environment / Safety teams also rely on a decision support tool to quickly identify the danger of a product.

 

At the same time, several training plans have been put in place regarding the new labeling and classifications of chemical products in order to prepare for the new CLP (Conditioning, Labeling and Packaging) regulations.

 

Management of REACH challenges

REACH is the EC Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. Its main objectives are:

  • To maintain a high level of protection for human health and the environment against the risks caused by chemical products, 
  • To promote alternative trial methods,
  • To allow free circulation of substances within the internal market,
  • To enhance competitiveness and innovation.

 

Under the REACH procedures, each Zodiac Aerospace group site in Europe has listed its chemical products and, via a computer program, has analyzed the products in order to list the substances they contain. The Group thus recorded the substances via lists on the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) website.
 
Based on a questionnaire, the Purchasing Departments have asked their European suppliers to provide details of their strategic actions regarding REACH.
 
As the importation of chemicals is still limited, thus preserving the status of "downstream user" of the Zodiac Aerospace group production units in Europe.
 
In 2010, all uses and associated processes were communicated to Zodiac Aerospace suppliers so they could incorporate them in their registration documentation. A process for monitoring the uses covered by the registrations has been put in place and in the event of a use not covered, a procedure immediately triggers the necessary actions so that the chemical product can be used in accordance with the supplier’s recommendations.
 
The collaboration between the Environment Department, Research Department and Technical Department of the Zodiac Aerospace group means that, as soon as a list of substances requiring authorization is published, the processes concerned can be identified internally and thus respond to our customer’s disclosure obligations.

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Industrial risk management