Moreover, we have a so-called “buddying” system. During his or her first year, every new employee is assigned a buddy. Not only does this buddy make the newcomer familiar with the day-to-day business, but he also points out the hazards that are characteristic of the newcomer’s job and makes sure he or she does not take any safety risks. This coaching programme fits in with our principle of “shared vigilance”, which means that employees pay attention not only to their own safety, but also to that of their colleagues.
Via safety sessions and safety discussions, all our employees are continuously reminded of the importance of safety. During these short and regular moments of training, the most diverse safety themes are discussed, from order and tidiness to first aid.
The safety department also offers several other courses, which focus on specific jobs and tasks. Every employee has the possibility to enrol for additional courses.
At ArcelorMittal Gent, we do not only work on safety as one large enterprise: every department also works individually on the safety awareness of its employees. Sections and even departments that have been working for years without any accidents occurring are a clear proof that this multilateral approach is the right option.