Health and safety

During 2013, personnel training and awareness for occupational health and safety issues continued; training began in 2012 with approximately 17,500 hours provided, based on directives as of the State-Regions Agreement no. 211 of December 2011, supplemented by Agreement no. 153 of July 2012.
In 2013, a further 22,000 hours of training were provided in the classroom and with e-learning, based on procedures established in the state-regions agreement for this type of training.
Training targeted workers, with approximately 10,800 hours, and office staff with 11,200 hours. In addition to basic training for all employees, as provided for in the agreement, specific courses were organised for senior management and officers with special duties.

Special attention was also paid to issues concerning outsourced work, in terms of contract safety and operating interference during activities, involving specifically dedicated personnel for monitoring and the issue of specific inspection reports.
In 2013, following implementation of the "Workplace ergonomics" project, based on the most well-established study methodologies (O.C.R.A., N.I.O.S.H., SNOOK and CIRIELLO), the company continued to identify risks from the manual handling of loads. In particular, 955 work stations were examined during 2013, equal to 68% of the total: activities are scheduled for completion in 2014.
During the year, surveys were carried out to verify the absence of hazards in the event of situations occurring related to the use of products/substances in the production cycle, as well as periodic controls on risk levels relative to particular factors such as electromagnetic fields, vibration, explosive atmospheres and the micro-climate in summer.
Major changes were made and new developments took place during 2013 to create work stations with less risk of accidents at the Pontedera site, for the two-wheeler painting and two-wheeler assembly units (automated welding stations) and for vehicle assembly (line with AGV). At the same time, work areas improved with the development of the 5S programme, to reorganise and streamline work stations for a better quality, productivity, ergonomics and safety.
In October and November 2013, audits were successfully conducted by the Certification Company to maintain Piaggio's certification of its health and safety management system for all operating sites in Italy up until December 2016 (with annual maintenance audits).

The Polo Meccanica area was brought in line with Piaggio company standards for its Health and Safety Management Systems, in view of extending OHSAS 18001/07 certification as soon as this unit is transferred within the Pontedera site, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2014.

As regards Piaggio Vietnam, occupational safety training was provided in 2013, with 7,800 hours (for employees and outsourced workers). Training covered various matters including the operation of machinery for handling goods (fork lift trucks), emergency management and personal protective equipment used by staff.
The number of injuries was very low (4) with a frequency index of 0.17, down slightly compared to the previous year.
The company's medical centre provides medical assistance for employees, and an agreement has been in force since May with the Social Insurance Department for the reimbursement of medicinal products used.
In December, DNV issued the certificate of conformity to OHSAS 18001:2007. 

PVPL India was awarded the certificate of conformity to OHSAS 18001:2007 by DNV for the two-wheeler division. The commercial vehicles site has implemented occupational health and safety procedures and an emergency and evacuation plan. During the year, more than 9,000 hours of training on safety were held, and some events took place to raise all employees' awareness of safety (safety week and involvement in the world environment day). The number of injuries occurred in 2013 was low (7).