Employee health and safety in the workplace have always been key priorities for us. We fulfil all the periodic obligations envisaged by Italian Legislative Decree 81/08, focusing in particular on periodic safety meetings, office evacuation drills, fire marshal and first aider training and inspections of working environments in the presence of competent physicians selected by each company.
The risk assessment documents for each individual subsidiary and/or operating unit have been duly updated to include new aspects that have arisen during the year.
Since 2014, the Mondadori Group has used an IT system that manages health and safety in the workplace. This software monitors and manages all aspects relating to staff training, the management of employee health cards and the planning of visits for employees subject to health monitoring (by the appointed competent physicians), and also monitors compliance with the applicable laws.
In 2015, thanks to the IT system for the management of health and safety in the workplace, a new methodology was established for identifying employees exposed to specific risks and planning the relevant mandatory medical check-ups. The software, which is regularly updated, is used to comply with workplace safety and hygiene regulations; it also makes it possible to monitor and manage aspects related to staff training and the internal Supervisory Body to monitor the company’s compliance with regulations.
In order to respond in the best and most efficient way to the provisions of workplace safety legislation, in December 2016 the Group prevention and protection service was restructured: as well as confirming the centralised coordination of the service, its geographical structure was also reviewed, prioritising a local site supervision approach and uniting the references according to geographical distribution.
The list, detailed according to site, employers and all of the appointed or elected figures involved in the management of the Mondadori Group health and safety protection system, was inserted in the “Prevention and safety” area of the company intranet and is kept constantly up-to-date.
Also at the head office, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was positioned close to the North Tower which can be used if needed by the nursing team or by volunteers with medical training that have made themselves available within the company.
In 2017, a Group safety coordination unit has been established to oversee and coordinate all the people involved in protecting the health and safety of workers, provide guidelines for implementing statutory requirements, monitor planning, and conduct the following activities:
- regular meetings: 7 safety meetings were held on a regular basis, concerning 24 sites and involving, along with the employers or their delegates for the companies, 4 health and safety managers and 6 health and safety officers, 22 workers’ safety representatives, and 7 occupational medicine practitioners;
- on-site workplace inspections: jointly with the occupational medicine practitioners, in 2017 inspections were conducted of the workplaces of 24 Group sites;
- evacuation drills: in addition to the testing of emergency plans in 31 directly managed stores, the safety officers of each Mondadori Group site coordinated annual evacuation drills involving all personnel on site. Feedback received on the drills was then used to identify and formalise the actions needed to improve emergency procedures.
In 2017, around one thousand hours of classroom training was delivered to fire safety and first aid officers belonging to emergency teams, while mandatory safety training, introduced in 2013 for all workers, continued to be provided to new employees joining the company.
Mandatory training was delivered in e-learning format, through a special project presented and approved by the local health service agency. Thanks to the programme, in 2017 around 1500 hours of e-learning courses, covering both general and specific safety modules, were delivered not just to new hires, but also office workers and store personnel and managers, involved in specific refresher sessions.
Since 2011, the PADL (a listening point on work-related stress) has been working. This is an email address that staff can use to report incidences of work-related stress. The Internal Audit Department responds directly to the reports it receives after consulting the Legal Office and the head of personnel. After receiving a report, an initial analysis of the case is carried out followed by a preliminary investigation. There has been only one case since 2011 (in 2012).