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Focus on occupational safety

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Bad Oeynhausen. The issue of “occupational safety” was on the agenda for Buschjost GmbH for a full three days last week. Between 23 and 25 June, there was a mobile training vehicle on the Buschjost premises, operated by the BG ETEM, the German employer's liability insurance association for the energy, textile, electrical and media products sectors. It gave all employees the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about various areas of occupational health and safety.

“Here at Buschjost we attach tremendous importance to safety at work and at every individual workstation,” explains Oliver Wehking, Managing Director of Buschjost GmbH. “To completely avoid accidents, we seek on the one hand to identify and remove existing danger zones in the workplace. On the other hand, we are always working to eliminate unsafe behaviour. BG ETEM training sessions are therefore a worthwhile addition to our own measures.”

The topics of the training sessions were selected by Friedrich Oestreich, Occupational Safety Specialist at Buschjost GmbH, and Christian Kloos-Vollmer, Head of Facility Management at Buschjost, together with trainers Alexandra Lindner and Ralf Hünting from BG ETEM. Training sessions with varying emphases were offered in order to provide each individual with tailored information. Employees from manufacturing, for example, focused on suitable soundproofing measures and discussed the correct handling of hazardous substances. Their colleagues from administration, on the other hand, focused more strongly on the issue of “ergonomics at the workstation” and obtained information about various ways in which to protect the eyes and back when sitting at a desk for longer periods. Managers were also able to deepen their knowledge of the legal occupational safety obligations of being a supervisor. All training sessions were rounded off with helpful information about the duties and work performed by the BG ETEM. Insurance cover on the way to work, for example, was a topic of discussion.

Occupational Safety Specialist Friedrich Oestreich is satisfied: “Feedback from colleagues has been very positive. They were able to brush up on familiar content but also supplement this with new information. The opportunity to exchange individual experiences and questions and get advice on these from the BG ETEM experts was very well received.”
The issue of occupational safety is firmly anchored in everyday operations at Buschjost GmbH, and extends far beyond the obligatory annual safety training course. Risk assessments and the safety measures derived from them for every workstation reduce the number of accidents; so-called “Near Miss Reports” help to identify and neutralise hazardous areas at work.