Safety, the environment and quality



Director’s Report

Quality, Safety and Environment

The quality, environmental and safety management system (the “QAS system”) is increasingly integrated into the group and applied to all its contracts. It complies with the UNI EN ISO 9001 (quality), UNI EN ISO 14001 (environmental) and BS OHSAS 18001 (health and safety) regulations as the quality management system was certified in 1997, the safety management system in 2003 and the environmental management system in 2007.

Under the "Strategic agreement for business and organisational collaboration" signed on 25 September 2012 by the Directors of Impregilo S.p.A. and Salini S.p.A., a strategy of co- operation has been initiated between the Impregilo Group and the Salini Group aimed at seizing market opportunities and adding value for both Groups.

The agreement was consolidated with the deed of merger no. 10520/5396 of 26 November 2013, by which Impregilo S.p.A. incorporated Salini S.p.A. with effect from 1 January 2014, taking under the new name "Salini Impregilo S.p.A".

The nascent Salini Impregilo Group has an important socio-economic role in the markets in which it operates by contributing to local economic development, with investments in the areas of health, safety and the environment, as well as support to local communities.

To ensure that all Stakeholders (shareholders, employees, clients, suppliers, local communities, government administrations, etc.) obtain increasingly effective and efficient services (this is the inherent objective of standards) and exemption from administrative responsibilities pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001, the Group has adopted a Quality, Environment and Safety Management System (QES), conforming to the following set of standards: UNI EN ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and BS OHSAS 18001 (health and safety), launched in 1997 with certification of the quality management system, expanded in 2003 with certification of the safety management system and completed in 2007 with certification of the environmental management system.

Adoption of the QES Management System has assisted the Group to meet the objectives set out in its QES policy, specifically:

  • maintaining the quality of products and services, through respect for the environment and the health and safety of workers in all workplaces and labour sectors. This commitment also extends to third party companies and subcontractors;
  • the availability of resources (human, technological, financial) necessary for the development and implementation of the Quality, Environment and Safety Management System;
  • the performance of work based on the latest manufacturing technologies available in the industry and the fundamental concept of manufacturing "to best industry standards", the use of processes, technologies and materials that allow the rational and sustainable use of natural resources (e.g. water, energy and raw materials), providing for the use of innovative techniques, the use of renewable resources, including through Green Design as a tool to obtain competitive advantages and the constant pursuit of ever higher quality standards;
  • the involvement and active participation of all staff working for the Company or on its behalf, through information, education and training, for proper dissemination and understanding of the principles expressed on the issues of quality management, environmental respect and protection, the health and safety of workers, with the commitment to continual improvement;
  • compliance with the applicable legal provisions and any other regulations which might be adopted, with the application of more stringent standards wherever possible;
  • continuous dialogue with clients and their representatives throughout the technical and administrative process of delivering services and the performance of works, the involvement of Interested Parties in analysis of the environmental performance of the Company through the opening of channels of communication concerning sustainable development, the promotion of all initiatives with Employees, Clients, Suppliers, Authorities and Interested Parties designed to achieve the highest levels of health and safety protection;
  • the identification and assessment of risks to the health and safety of workers caused by their activities;
  • the identification and assessment of the environmental aspects of the Group's activities and the identification of those aspects that have or could have a significant impact on the environment;
  • effective waste management through the re-use of products and materials where possible, and the use of products with low environmental impact;
  • the identification of all technical and organisational measures useful to eliminate the possibility of pollution, through the careful analysis of the risk of spillage, uncontrolled release into soil/water/air;
  • the prevention of occupational diseases and the elimination or reduction of accidents in the workplace for employees, service providers and subcontractors, based on the principle that all accidents are preventable.

The Group Policy makes express reference to the principles of sustainable development and provides a robust reference framework for conducting business and setting future goals, with a view to continuous improvement in performance.

All employees of the Group and other external parties involved with it are informed of its principles, which they are required to observe. Implementation of the policy has also contributed significantly over the years to the growth of the culture of sustainability within the Group.

For the correct application of the QES management system the Group has appointed a Management Representative who, assisted by the QES Organisational Unit and Group senior management, is responsible for:

  • implementation of the standards set out in the quality-environment-safety guidelines during contracts;
  • training of head office and site personnel through refresher courses;
  • updating personnel and the entire organisation about management’s commitments taken on with the “Quality, Environment and Safety Policy”, also by using the “The Bridge Impregilo Global Intranet” portal;
  • scheduling regular internal audits to check the organisation’s working;
  • proposing   possible   changes   to   improve   the   group’s   performance   to   senior management.