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Exemplary occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety form an integral part of the working world. Anvis, the specialist in innovative solutions for driving dynamics and driver comfort, ensures exemplary protection of its workers through its systematic occupational safety and health management. This was demonstrated on 20 August 2014 in Steinau when it was awarded the ILO “Systematic Safety” seal of approval by the Professional Association of Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI).

The criteria for being awarded such a seal of approval are demanding. The BG RCI checks whether the guidelines for occupational safety and health management systems issued by the occupational safety and health organisation of the United Nations ILO (International Labour Organisation) have been implemented. This standard is recognised globally and has flowed almost unaltered into the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (AMS) in Germany which aim to ensure effective leadership and working behaviour in the area of occupational safety and health.

“The most important criteria includes, for example, the incorporation of occupational safety and health into operational processes, the health of employees and employee satisfaction,” explains Guillaume Legrand, Quality and HSE Director at the Anvis Group. The audit carried out by the BG RCI included examining details such as the classification of hazards in operational processes and resulting protective measures, the carrying out of regular inspections to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety measures, or the training of employees, particularly with regards to awareness of occupational health and safety as well as the necessary skills.

High priority

It is the expressed will of the company that employees are able do their work in a safe environment at Anvis. “The goal of these efforts is to cultivate an organization where risks to employees are systematically detected and eliminated so that accidents cannot happen in the first place,” confirms Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group. “And this doesn’t apply just to the company’s headquarters in Germany, but to all sites worldwide.” Hence the company is already operating according to the global quality standard in the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949 as well as the international standard ISO 14001 which defines globally recognised requirements for an environmental management system.

“The awarding of the seal of approval by the BG RCI shows us that we are on the right path when it comes to occupational health and safety management. That also spurs us on for the future,” says Henry Gleichauf, HSE Manager. Among many other actions carried out, a specific example of occupational health and safety being implemented is the health day that the company has been running for several years now when employees can learn about topics such as nutrition, cross-training or back exercises.

“The focus for the near future is to strengthen and enhance operational processes and procedures in the company. They need to become not only more efficient, but also more employee-oriented.” If this achieved, Guillaume Legrand feels the company will also be equipped to meet the growing requirements and demands of a modern working environment in the long term. “The development seen so far shows that we are doing things right.”

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Tokai Rubber Industries (to be called Sumitomo Riko Company Limited from 1 October ). Tokai is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße

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