Every corner of production was scrutinised when, in 2018, Troldtekt conducted a new workplace assessment (WPA) at the factory in Troldhede. Companies are required by law to conduct a workplace assessment every three years.
“Quite apart from being required by law, a WPA is a very good tool for working systematically with our working environment. We made a point of going for an in-depth approach, inviting all employees to provide input in order to be able to make improvements where necessary,” says Renate Blom, environmental manager at Troldtekt.
She was responsible for the WPA process, which has now resulted in a specific action plan.
First, Renate Blom and production manager Kim Snebang visited all the work functions in and around the factory in Troldhede to assess the physical working environment.
“We talked to the employees about everything from lighting, noise, dust and ergonomics to chemicals and accidents. We used a checklist to make sure that we covered everything. All our colleagues took a keen interest, and contributed very relevant input,” says Renate Blom.
In addition to assessing the physical conditions, an assessment was also made of the psychological working environment. All employees had the opportunity to provide input by completing an anonymous questionnaire.
Initiatives now underway
In autumn 2018, Troldtekt’s occupational health and safety committee reviewed the data and results of the process. On this basis the committee presented an action plan, which has been made available to all employees both in the canteen and online.
“In the committee, we summarised and prioritised the efforts, and have now launched initiatives in several areas. Rules for moving about the factory area and minimising dust in production are two concrete examples. In the action plan, everyone can see who is responsible for the various measures, and it is also possible to monitor progress,” says Renate Blom.