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Voltige Benelux and Husky Injection Molding Systems have won Luxembourg's Occupational Health and Safety ("Sécurité-Santé au travail") award 

On Monday 5 October 2020, Luxembourg's Minister of Social Security, Romain Schneider, awarded the national Occupational Health and Safety award for the “safety” component to Voltige Benelux and Husky Injection Molding Systems.

The Occupational Safety and Health Forum, which traditionally serves as a platform for the presentation of this award, was initially scheduled for 29 April 2020 but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prize partners thus concocted a three-part award ceremony aimed at rewarding the good practices of the winners whilst guaranteeing strict compliance with the health rules in force.

Among the 21 applications submitted at the end of January 2020, five companies were awarded in the categories "safety", "health and well-being", and "multiplier agent", according to criteria of innovation, prevention, efficiency , sustainability and transferability. The jury was made up of representatives of partners and organisers (AAA, DSATE, ITM, UEL and INDR). The three partner ministries were those of Health, Social Security, and Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

The second presentation took place in a reduced format on Monday at the Chamber of Commerce, where the two winners of the “safety” component received the 2020 Occupational Health and Safety Award.

Voltige Benelux won with its project “Emergency intervention plan for work at height”: When working at height with the use of the harness, prior training on the measures to be taken in the event of an evacuation and rescue is compulsory. For this purpose, the Voltige Benelux company has created a suitable training tool, called “Emergency intervention plan for work at height” to improve the safety of workers to be rescued as well as that of the rescuer. This intervention plan represents the protocol to be applied to the rescue of a worker at height by relying on the four main actions of the rescuer: "Protect - Examine - Alert or Alert - Rescue". The pictograms used resemble those of the classic “Rescuer and First Aid worker” plan, but are adapted to the specificities of the professions including work and interventions at height requiring the wearing of specific personal protective equipment (PPE).

Husky Injection Molding Systems won the prize for its “Safety Incentive Programme” project: As part of its “TargetZERO” program, Husky Luxembourg set up in January 2019 a safety incentive programme called “EHS incentive programme” in order to improve working conditions within the site. Each month, the teams participating in this programme can earn or lose points according to criteria in four categories "Work in safety", "Proactivity", "Leadership" and "Commitment". At the end of the year, the three teams with the best score are rewarded. The objective of this programme is to make all players, at each hierarchical level, aware that everyone must play an “active” role in prevention.

Each winner received a prize worth €5,000 as well as a corporate video on the winning project. The videos as well as the descriptive texts of the projects are available on the site

The two winners of the “health and well-being” component, the Centre hospitalier du Nord and the Centre hospitalier Emile Mayrisch, received their prize from the Minister of Health on 1 October 2020. The winner of the “multiplier agent” component will receive their prize from the Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy on 12 October 2020.