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Winoa partners with DuPont Sustainable Solutions to organise its very first Health & Safety Week

World leader in the steel abrasive industry and world leading service partner, Winoa enlisted DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), the international operations and safety management consulting company, to increase safety awareness among its employees worldwide.

From 20th to 24th May 2019, all Winoa employees were challenged to keep safety at the forefront of the mind by taking part in the company’s first Health & Safety Week. For this first edition, Winoa focused on ‘incident investigation’, kicking the week off on all of the company’s sites with an official message from the executive committee and an e-learning course on incident investigation. The course, followed by all employees, was paired with a practical ‘surprise’ exercise where employees had to find the root causes behind an incident scene physically set up on all sites. The objective of the exercise was to put the theory directly into practice so that all employees could understand the risks they could be confronted with and the importance of putting safety at the heart of their daily activities.

All employees also received a different microlearning course each day on safety-oriented topics, including observation tips, how to deal with stress, slips and trips, emergency evacuation and back injuries. The objective of these microlearnings was to raise awareness on some key topics that affect all workers, from office to plant site. This was also an occasion for all employees to share their experiences when it comes to incidents, both in their private and professional lives, to bring more awareness to the fact that safety is a behaviour that does not stop in the workplace but can be transferred to every aspect of one’s life.

“With about 1,000 employees and a presence in more than 20 countries,” says Pierre Escolier, CEO of Winoa, “we want health and safety to be one of the building blocks for a stronger culture within Winoa and it starts by talking about safety. The goal of our collaboration with DSS is not only to raise awareness, but to make safety something personal for each and every one of our employees and make safety an active choice.”

DSS supported the global roll-out of the safety week in 14 local languages.

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About Winoa

Winoa is the leading global manufacturer of steel abrasives serving the transportation, equipment, energy and construction industries. Headquartered in Le Cheylas, France, Winoa employs around 1,000 people and operates 11 manufacturing facilities located in France, Spain, Canada, South Korea, United States, Japan, Slovenia, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa and Russia.

About DuPont Sustainable Solutions

DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), a DowDuPont Specialty Products Division business, is a leading provider of world-class operations consulting services to help organisations transform and optimise their processes, technologies, and capabilities. DSS is committed to improving the safety, productivity, and sustainability of organisations around the world.