GE has always embraced a policy of focusing on and complying with environmental regulations in the workplace, and has given top priority to the health and safety of people where they work.
Avio Aero, in turn, has issued a policy for Environment, Health and Safety in the workplace, with goals that are as simple as they are ambitious: zero accidents and no harm to people or the environment. Indeed, our company’s most valuable asset are its employees, and their safety is our business’ priority.
This is where GE’s Environmental Competency Program comes from, a desire to increase expertise in the environment, health and safety and promoted by team ONE EHS. The program’s main goal is to improve and reinforce the expert knowledge of the EHS specialists in the world of General Electric, facilitating the exchange of the best practices and tools to promote better planning of environmental processes and procedures.
The project began by mapping skills by macro-area that concern compliance with safety regulations, the EHS management system, relations with the on-site population, and knowledge of business and the world of manufacturing. An essential element is a self-evaluation of the members of the program, to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Roberta Anzano, from the Borgaretto EHS team, was part of this programa and lead two activities, the Environment Cafès and the Lectio Magistralis at the Polytechnic of Bari. The Environment Cafés are bimonthly calls that constitute one of the two cornerstones of this initiative. During these meetings, the Environment, Health and Safety specialists can discuss the activities carried out and exchange useful tips and regulatory updates. This initiative, which began in the first trimester of 2016, has seen good results in terms of the participation and involvement of all GE businesses in Italy.
The second point of the project is the one that increasingly connects GE with the academic world, focusing, in this case, on the students studying environmental engineering. Roberta held two keynote speeches in May at the Polytechnic University of Bari on the topics of waste management and the application of the ISO 14001: 2015 standard. The students’ participation was excellent, and we’re considering a repeat of this initiative in the next academic year as well.