Environmental, helath & safety policies

Ansaldo STS’ environmental policy is based on the application of UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 requirements and those of other relevant international standards, total compliance with applicable domestic and international legislation, and developing a programme focused on the continuous improvement of environmental standards. The policy is shared with all Ansaldo STS personnel and all concerned parties online and via the company intranet.

Internally, in line with its mission, Ansaldo STS involves all personnel in the reduction and control of the environmental impact of its business, by clearly defining objectives and accountability. In this way, Ansaldo STS aims to be recognised as one of the top companies for the safeguarding and protection of the environment.

Environmental training

Ansaldo STS’ environmental training path has been implemented with the cooperation of training needs managers (TNMs). This initiative is aimed at identifying resources who can serve as contacts for Human Resources in the definition of specific training/development plans for their operational structures, in order to facilitate the understanding of the specific needs of each operational unit and make it possible to define projects that more accurately target their actual needs.

TNM is distinguished by its concept of “Community”, which translates into encouraging the creation of a network to reduce geographical distances.

In 2014, Ansaldo STS carried out training and information sessions to draw attention to:

  • the procedures and requirements of the environmental management system; 
  • the significant, real or potential environmental impact of activities and the environmental benefits of improving individual performance; 
  • the roles and responsibilities needed to achieve compliance with the environmental policy and the procedures and requirements of the environmental management system, including preparing for emergency situations and response capacity; 
  • the potential consequences of not complying with the operating procedures specified.

The training sessions are held by personnel competent in the relevant field. The specialised technical focus of the training demonstrates Ansaldo STS’ aim of targeting, in particular, operating positions involving duties and activities that are potentially critical in terms of the environment.

Environmental training hours have increased over the last three years and 2,713 hours of training were provided in 2014, up 81% from 2013.

201220132014
Total hours of environmental training 1,041 1,494 2,713

Climate change

Ansaldo STS sees climate change mainly as an opportunity. As part of this approach, it analyses the potential impact of its strategic climate change decisions in the short, medium and long-term, in order to find opportunities for developing the business and improving its efficiency and to identify the related risks.

Ansaldo STS is committed to progressively reducing GHG emissions in all of its processes.

Its activities and initiatives to combat climate change are part of the environmental management system that Ansaldo STS has established at global level, developing a carbon management strategy based on the following principles:

  • global approach: developing mechanisms that encompass the commitment of all Ansaldo STS sites; 
  • reasonable and feasible long-term objectives: it is crucial to establish a clear and realistic vision of the steps to be taken; 
  • support for the development of technologies: developing advanced technological solutions.

This strategy focuses mainly on three spheres of influence:

  • in-house activities and direct emissions from its sites (Scope 1 emissions);
  • electrical energy suppliers and their operating emissions due to Ansaldo STS’ activities (Scope 2 emissions);
  • Ansaldo STS’ supply chain and the emissions resulting from the production and delivery of goods and services (Scope 3 emissions).

The health and safety policy

Ansaldo STS’ health and safety in the workplace policy is based on the application of the requirements of relevant standards, namely OHSAS 18001:2007, and other international standards, in compliance with national and international regulations. Ansaldo STS develops a plan focused on continuously improving health and safety standards.

For health and safety, Ansaldo STS undertakes to:

  • ensure and maintain a safe and healthy workplace environment and prevent injuries, illnesses or damage to the health of employees, suppliers, customers and visitors;
  • extend OHSAS 18001 certification to all Ansaldo STS sites, continuously improving the effectiveness of the health and safety in the workplace management system; 
  • continuously improve the aforementioned management system’s performance, not only with respect to the prevention of injuries and work-related illnesses, but also in terms of more general employees’ wellbeing;
  • adopt risk assessment criteria for all dangers relating to work activities which, in compliance with national and international legislation, also consider best practices; 
  • increase the training and updating of all employees in order to make them more aware of the risks related to their activities; 
  • continue developing activities to spread a culture of safety with all suppliers and concerned parties.

The policy is shared with all Ansaldo STS personnel and all concerned parties online and via the company intranet.

Training

The company promotes, shares and consolidates a culture of health and safety throughout its organisation through training to increase everyone’s awareness of risks and encourage responsible conduct.

Accordingly, Ansaldo STS promotes training and updating activities to develop personnel’s expertise, as personnel can affect health and safety in the workplace through their activities.

In 2014, for Italy, an ambitious training project was developed in collaboration with Fondimpresa, significantly increasing the hours of training per employee (Fondimpresa is a public organisation that funds corporate training.)

Overall, at the sites specified in this analysis, 34,502 training hours were provided in 2014 (+30% on 2013), accounting for 39% of total training hours.

 

 PRODUCTION SITES OFFICE SITES  
TRAINING IN HEALTH AND SAFETY201220132014201220132014
Total hours of health and safety training 1,299 2,492 2,644 15,778 24,094 31,858
Total hours of training 7,531 6,148 10,024 62,875 76,129 77,946
Health and safety training as % of the total 17% 41% 26% 25% 32% 41%