Working on / Prevention of occupational hazards

 

The Sectorial Programme for the Prevention of Occupational Risks was born in late 2003, as part of ASPAPEL’s Strategic Plan and in co-operation with trade unions FIA-UGT and CCOO FSC, with the aim of achieving a significant reduction in accident rates in the sector by improving knowledge and application of existing POR legislation, of procuring the full involvement of company management and personnel, of increasing communications both internally and externally, and of improving the quality of the safety training provided to workers.

To achieve the stated objectives, a series of actions or activities specified in Diagnoses of the situation of the sector in POR, which have been elaborated on a five-year basis (years 2005, years 2010 and 2015).

Diagnosis of the situation of the sector in POR - 2005. Download document (in Spanish)

Diagnosis +5POR - 2010. Download document (in Spanish)

Diagnosis 10.0 POR - 2015. Download document (in Spanish)

The porjects developed in recent years are:

Model Guidelines for Prevention Planning
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Handbook for Improving Safety in Paper Machines Download document (in Spanish)

Audiovisual Catalogue of Critical Situations and Preventive Measures
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Handbook of Behavioural Safety Observations
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...as well as technical assistance for their effective implementation in mills.

Manual for safe handling and storage of raw materials and finished product in the paper industry
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Preventive Resource Manual
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Analysis of ergonomic hazards in the paper industry Download document (in Spanish)

Guide for evaluation of psychosocial risks in the paper industry
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Manual of best practices in prevention in the paper industryDownload document (in Spanish)

The multimedia Guide "Our role in POR in the last 10 years", a project developed on 2016 with the support of Foundation POR, is an excellent compilation of all the projects mentioned. 

In addition, as a result of cooperation with other ASPAPEL areas, the following has been developed:

Guide of the paper sector for the operations of loading and unloading of trucks in factories, which incorporates a series of recommendations for the Coordination of Business Activities. Dowload document (in Spanish) 

Campaign PORatHome. Download document (in Spanish)

In 2017, ASPAPEL has launched the Campaign PORatHome to raise awareness about the risks to workers that are exposed outside their workplace, with the aim of reflecting on the behaviors facing, in both, inside and outside work 

The main achievements of these activities carried out under the Sector Programme for the Prevention of Occupational Risks are:

  • Establish sector-wide benchmarks in key areas such as POR management systems, machine safety, specific training on work permits and behavioural safety, the safe handling of raw materials, finished products and coexistence between work teams and pedestrians, as well as a clear criteria for preventive action figure or the coordination of bussines activities on loading and unloading of trucks.
  • Attain high involvement of companies in the sector in POR projects.
  • Improve relations between employers, unions and workers, who co-operate to achieve common goals in Health and Safety.
  • Undertake significant efforts in terms of POR communications to strengthen internal dialogues between member companies, the image of the sector and our relations with other institutions.

These achievements have become apparent in the sector’s accident statistics, with an average 40% drop in accident frequency and in the near-miss rates in 2012-2015 compared to the period 2007-2011, allthough in the last two years this trend is changing, so it is still actively working in this area.