Health and Safety

CAREL protects and promotes the health and safety of workers (including those in the supply chain) by adopting preventive measures and spreading an internal culture of the highest respect for the applicable legal requirements and other provisions agreed for occupational safety and hygiene. Its aim is to ensure maximum attention to reduce risks and constantly improve processes.

CAREL is aware that its responsibility with regard to its employees and colleagues makes it mandatory to do all it can to reduce risks. Accordingly, the technical designs of the work places, equipment and processes must be based on the highest respect for the ruling regulations about occupational safety and hygiene.
Specifically, each CAREL employee shall pay utmost attention when carrying out their tasks and shall closely comply with all the established security and prevention measures to avoid all possible risks for themselves and their colleagues and to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace and occupational diseases.

CAREL deems that occupational health and safety is fundamental in ethical-social and practicaleconomic terms. A significant injury in the workplace firstly has a biological, moral and economic impact on the injured person and their family but it also damages the group’s reputation and finances. Accordingly, management is committed to reducing risks to employees’ health and safety in the workplace and provides them with suitable and properly maintained equipment and work methods. Employees also have collective and individual protection devices in line with the products available through technical and scientific progress.

CAREL fully complies with the relevant local regulations applicable in the countries where it operates.
Although its international vocation means that different laws are applicable at local level, the parent has drawn up a “Policy for the environment and occupational health and safety” which summarises the principles and rules designed to reduce and eliminate the probability of injury and accidents.

When designing work stations, CAREL takes into account the workers’ ergonomic needs. In addition and to guarantee the greatest possible involvement of all the workers, CAREL has a system to report and manage near misses and hazards so it can identify and promptly resolve issues that could pose a risk to the workers’ health and safety, thus improving safety levels at work over time.

At least once a year and as required by the ruling Italian legislation, at the parent’s premises:

  • the competent doctor carries out a general inspection, accompanied by the prevention and protection service manager, to update the existing healthcare protocol;
  • the designated prevention system officers (the employer, delegated managers, security representatives, competent doctor and the prevention and protection service manager) participate in the periodic meeting required by Legislative decree no. 81/2008.

Specially trained employees regularly perform integrated internal audits (quality, environment and safety).
At least once a year, qualified external experts carry out an audit to check compliance with the law and the environment and safety management system. Their findings are managed in accordance with the procedures established by the management systems of the parent’s Italian production site.

Furthermore, in 2022, CAREL INDUSTRIES S.p.A. and HygroMatik confirmed the compliance of their occupational health and safety management systems with the international standards ISO 45001:2018 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007, respectively. This certification is part of the wider scope of an integrated management system, certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Italy S.r.l., which also includes quality and environmental certification in accordance with the relevant international ISO standards.