Occupational safety in industry: Inail data on the commitment of companies

09 June 2023

The manufacturing industry has been the beating heart of the Italian economy for centuries, but today it is facing unprecedented challenges. On the one hand there is the need to preserve centuries-old knowledge and traditions that have made Made in Italy great in the world, on the other the need to innovate, to exploit new technologies to make processes more efficient, products more competitive and workplaces safer. Safety at work is a crucial issue for companies: this is why Inail has analyzed how companies are investing in prevention and training, with encouraging results but also room for improvement. Let’s see the data and stories of some Italian excellences.

The technological and digital evolution of the Italian manufacturing industry

If you want to keep up with the times, you need to take advantage of new technologies. The Italian manufacturing industry knows this well and in recent years has invested heavily in innovation.

  • Robots and automation. Industrial robots have entered the scene to perform repetitive and strenuous tasks. This has allowed companies to optimize production processes and improve quality.
  • 3D printing. Additive manufacturing makes it possible to produce complex components in a short time. Companies use this technology to make prototypes, on-demand spare parts and customized products.
  • Augmented reality. Thanks to augmented reality, workers have all the useful information available in real time. This makes activities such as assembly, maintenance and quality control more efficient.
  • Cloud and big data. Cloud computing and big data analytics allow companies to manage a huge amount of data. These tools allow you to optimize your supply chain, predict market trends and develop new products.

The Italian manufacturing industry has a long tradition, but continues to look to the future. Taking advantage of new technologies, Italian companies confirm their global leaders in key sectors such as mechanics, fashion and design. The combination of artisan know-how and technological innovation is the key to success.

Investing in safety: Inail data on companies’ commitment

INAIL (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work) has recently published new data on accidents at work in the Italian manufacturing sector for the year 2023. These figures highlight the importance of continuing to invest in occupational safety and improving workers’ conditions.

INAIL data

INAIL has published new data regarding accidents at work in the Italian manufacturing sector in 2021, which employed 3.7 million people. The increase in accident reports affected almost all activities, except the production of pharmaceutical products and the tobacco industry. The most common injuries were in the manufacture of metal products and in the manufacture of machinery. In 2021, 71.4% of reported pathologies concerned male staff. The age of injured people is increasing, especially among female workers. INAIL is also committed to identifying solutions and prevention measures to reduce the risk levels related to hardwood dust, classified as carcinogenic. Companies that invest in prevention can benefit from financing and discounts on insurance premiums.

Among the most common injuries in the manufacturing sector, we find those related to manual handling of loads, falls from height, accidents with machinery and exposure to dangerous substances. These accidents can cause temporary or permanent injuries and, in some cases, can be fatal. Some risk factors that contribute to accidents at work include lack of proper training, lack of maintenance of plant and equipment, lack of safety procedures and insufficient supervision by managers.

Most common injuries

  1. Manual handling of loads: Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy objects can cause musculoskeletal injuries, such as low back pain, hernias, and sprains. It is important that workers are properly trained on the correct lifting techniques and that mechanical lifting devices are used whenever possible.
  2. Falls from height: Falls from height can occur when workers work on elevated platforms, ladders or scaffolding. These accidents can result in serious or even fatal injuries. To prevent them, it is important to provide workers with fall protection equipment and make sure that work surfaces are stable and safe.
  3. Machinery accidents: Machinery injuries can include amputations, fractures, crushing and burns. To prevent these injuries, it is essential that workers are trained in the correct use of machinery and that machines are equipped with adequate safety devices, such as protective barriers and emergency switches.
  4. Exposure to hazardous substances: Exposure to hazardous substances, such as chemicals, dusts and vapors, can cause respiratory problems, allergies, poisonings and other diseases. It is important that workers are informed about the risks associated with these substances and that control measures are taken, such as the use of personal protective equipment and ventilation systems.

Risk factors

  1. Lack of training: Lack of adequate training on occupational risks and how to manage them can increase the likelihood of injuries. Companies must ensure that workers receive targeted and up-to-date training on safety procedures and the correct use of equipment.
  2. Lack of maintenance: Failure to maintain plant and equipment can lead to malfunctions and increase the risk of injury. It is important that companies carry out regular audits and timely repairs to ensure that equipment is safe to use.
  3. Lack of safety procedures: Companies that do not have clear and understandable safety procedures expose workers to avoidable risks. The creation and implementation of well-defined safety procedures help to promote a safe working environment.
  4. Insufficient supervision: Lack of proper supervision by managers can lead to an increased likelihood of accidents at work. Managers must ensure that workers follow safety procedures and use equipment correctly, as well as being available to answer any questions or concerns.

Training and culture of prevention: fundamental levers for safety

Training and the culture of prevention are fundamental levers to improve safety at work. As a company, investing in employee training is crucial to creating a safe and healthy work environment.

Constant training

Safety training courses should be regular and mandatory for all employees. Not only new hires, but also experienced staff need regular updates on security procedures, emerging risks and best practices. Training should be practical as well as theoretical, with exercises and simulations to prepare employees to face real situations.

Shared responsibility

Safety at work is not only the responsibility of the employer, but of everyone. Employees should be encouraged to report dangerous conditions or behavior and propose improvements. Security procedures should be clear, easy to understand and apply. Employees who follow the rules and take care of colleagues should be recognized and rewarded.

Positive culture

To promote safety, you need to develop a positive culture throughout your company. Management must demonstrate its commitment to safety, praise employees who respect safety, and encourage collaboration between departments. Employees need to feel comfortable raising concerns, asking questions, and suggesting ways to improve safety. A strong and widespread culture of prevention is the foundation of a truly safe work environment.

Training, shared responsibility and a positive culture of prevention are the pillars of an effective occupational safety program.

Healthy workplaces: an obligation and an opportunity

A healthy and safe work environment is critical to employee well-being and company productivity. As an employer, you have a duty to ensure the safety of your employees, but it can also be an opportunity to improve efficiency and attract new talent.

Adequate working conditions

Make sure that the working environment has sufficient space, good ventilation, adequate lighting and comfortable temperature for employees. These basic conditions contribute to the physical and mental well-being of workers.

  • Ergonomic and organized workspace
  • Effective ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Balanced natural and artificial lighting
  • Breaks and relaxation areas for employees

Protective equipment and appropriate equipment

Provide all the necessary equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and training so employees can do their jobs safely. This includes:

  1. Appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, safety shoes, etc.
  2. Equipment, machinery and tools designed ergonomically and with the necessary protections.
  3. Comprehensive training on the correct use of all equipment and safety protocols.

Monitoring and risk assessment

Perform periodic risk assessments to identify potential hazards. Establish monitoring procedures to control working conditions and make changes where necessary. Involve employees in the process to get their feedback. Workplace safety is a shared responsibility, so it also encourages employees to report any risks or issues.

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FAQ on safety in the workplace: doubts and perplexities to be clarified

Many companies are committed to ensuring the safety of their employees, but it is normal for doubts and questions to arise. Here are some of the most common questions about occupational safety and answers to clarify them.

What are the employer’s obligations?

The employer is responsible for:

  • Ensure safe and healthy working environments.
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment.
  • Train employees on the specific risks of the job.
  • Appoint a prevention and protection service manager.
  • Carry out risk assessments and take preventive measures.

Can I refuse to work in unsafe conditions?

Yes, in the event of serious and immediate danger, the worker has the right to leave the workplace. However, you must notify your employer immediately. If the working conditions present risks to health and safety, the worker may exercise the right of refusal after informing the employer.

What is risk assessment?

Risk assessment is the process of identifying and analysing hazards in the working environment that can cause occupational accidents or diseases. The employer is required by law to periodically carry out the risk assessment in order to take the necessary prevention and protection measures.

What is personal protective equipment?

PPE, or personal protective equipment, is equipment designed to be worn to protect the worker against risks which cannot be avoided or sufficiently reduced by technical preventive measures, collective means of protection, measures, methods or procedures for the reorganization of work.

Hi how are you? Are you an entrepreneur or an industrial manager? Then this article is for you. The manufacturing industry has been the beating heart of the Italian economy for centuries, but today it is facing unprecedented challenges. On the one hand there is the need to preserve centuries-old knowledge and traditions that have made Made in Italy great in the world, on the other the need to innovate, to exploit new technologies to make processes more efficient, products more competitive and workplaces safer. Safety at work is a crucial issue for companies: this is why Inail has analyzed how companies are investing in prevention and training, with encouraging results but also room for improvement. Let’s see the data and stories of some Italian excellences.

The technological and digital evolution of the Italian manufacturing industry

If you want to keep up with the times, you need to take advantage of new technologies. The Italian manufacturing industry knows this well and in recent years has invested heavily in innovation.

  • Robots and automation. Industrial robots have entered the scene to perform repetitive and strenuous tasks. This has allowed companies to optimize production processes and improve quality.
  • 3D printing. Additive manufacturing makes it possible to produce complex components in a short time. Companies use this technology to make prototypes, on-demand spare parts and customized products.
  • Augmented reality. Thanks to augmented reality, workers have all the information they need in real time. This makes activities such as assembly, maintenance and quality control more efficient.
  • Cloud and big data. Cloud computing and big data analytics enable companies to manage massive amounts of data, optimize processes and make data-driven decisions.

In summary, robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and digital technologies are transforming the Italian manufacturing industry. By leveraging these tools, Italian companies can be more productive, flexible and competitive in global markets. The future is bright if innovation continues to be a priority.

Investing in safety: Inail data on companies’ commitment

If you want your business to continue to grow sustainably, investing in workplace safety should be a priority. According to recent Inail data, companies that have allocated resources to prevention and employee training have recorded:

  • A decrease in accidents, including fatalities, and occupational diseases.
  • Increased productivity and quality of work. When employees feel safe and valued, they perform more.
  • Cost savings. Accidents at work have a significant economic impact between medical expenses, absences and legal disputes.

Investing in safety also means adopting the best technologies to protect workers, but also training them adequately. The training courses, online and in presence, allow you to:

  • Update employee skills.
  • Spread a culture of safety in the company.
  • Comply with regulatory obligations regarding health and safety at work.

In conclusion, the security of a company passes first of all through the people who work there. Valuing employees with training, informing them about the risks of the trade and providing them with the appropriate tools to work without danger are investments that pay off in the long run.

Training and culture of prevention: fundamental levers for safety

Training and the culture of prevention are fundamental levers to improve safety at work. As a company, investing in employee training is crucial to creating a safe and healthy work environment.

Formation

Employees need to be trained on the specific risks of their job and how to prevent them. Training should be regular and include:

  • Basics of occupational safety and health
  • Role-specific procedures and instructions
  • Proper use of equipment, machinery and personal protective equipment
  • Emergency management and evacuation procedures

Culture of prevention

In addition to training, it is important to promote a culture of prevention in the company. This means:

  • Encourage employees to report unsafe working conditions
  • Carry out regular inspections and risk assessments
  • Involve employees in hazard identification and finding solutions
  • Rewarding employees for complying with safety procedures
  • Disseminate safety statistics and data to raise awareness

Investing in training and a culture of prevention leads to a safer working environment, fewer occupational injuries and diseases, better productivity and lower insurance costs. Safety at work is everyone’s responsibility, from managers to workers. By promoting the right training and corporate culture, everyone can do their part to prevent accidents and save lives.

Healthy workplaces: an obligation and an opportunity

A healthy and safe work environment is critical to employee well-being and company productivity. As an employer, you have a duty to ensure the safety of your employees, but it can also be an opportunity to improve efficiency and attract new talent.

Adequate working conditions

Make sure that the working environment has sufficient space, good ventilation, adequate lighting and comfortable temperature for employees. These basic conditions contribute to the physical and mental well-being of workers.

  • Ergonomic and organized workspace
  • Effective ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Balanced natural and artificial lighting
  • Breaks and relaxation areas for employees

Protective equipment and appropriate equipment

Provide all the necessary equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and training so employees can do their jobs safely. This includes:

  1. Appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, safety shoes, etc.
  2. Equipment, machinery and tools designed ergonomically and with the necessary protections.
  3. Comprehensive training on the correct use of all equipment and safety protocols.

A healthy and safe work environment should be a priority for any company. In addition to meeting compliance obligations, it can improve employee satisfaction, reduce absenteeism, and attract new talent. With relatively little investment, the benefits of a safe work environment can be enormous.

FAQ on safety in the workplace: doubts and perplexities to be clarified

Many companies are wondering how to improve safety at work. Here are some of the frequently asked questions with answers to clarify doubts.

What are the employer’s obligations?

The employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of employees. Must:

  • Assess risks and take preventive measures
  • Train and inform workers about risks
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment
  • Carry out periodic health checks
  • Designate prevention, first aid and emergency management officers

What are workers’ rights?

Workers have the right to:

  • Be trained and informed about the risks associated with the job
  • Receive free personal protective equipment
  • Carrying out health surveillance
  • Elect workers’ safety representatives (RLS)
  • Report dangerous situations to the employer or the RLS

How is compliance with safety regulations checked?

The National Labour Inspectorate and the ASL carry out checks and inspections in companies to verify compliance with safety regulations. In the event of non-compliance, they may take measures such as warnings, suspension of activity or administrative and criminal sanctions. Inail can also carry out investigations to establish any liability in the event of accidents at work.

Companies must therefore strive to ensure a safe working environment, respecting legal obligations and protecting the health of employees. This is the only way to improve safety at work and reduce the number of accidents.

Inail data on the manufacturing industry

Inail data on the manufacturing industry

According to Inail data, the manufacturing industry is among the sectors with the greatest risk of accidents. In 2019, there were over 123,000 accidents at work, equal to 25% of the total, of which more than 2,000 were fatal.

  • The most frequent accidents concern the manual handling of loads, falls from height and the use of machinery and equipment. For this reason, the training of workers and the adoption of adequate prevention and protection measures are fundamental.

Reports of occupational diseases in the manufacturing sector are over 15 thousand, equal to 38% of the total. The most common pathologies are those affecting the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, mainly due to exposure to physical agents such as vibrations and repetitive movements.

Prevention measures

To improve occupational safety in the manufacturing industry, it is necessary to:

  1. Constantly train and train workers on the specific risks of the task performed.
  2. Equip machinery and equipment with adequate protection and safety systems.
  3. Provide suitable personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety shoes, overalls, masks, etc.
  4. Carry out proper maintenance of plants, machinery and equipment.
  5. Plan work activities in a way that minimizes risks, such as avoiding manual handling of heavy loads or unprotected work at height.
  6. Constantly monitor the safety conditions of the work environment and intervene promptly in case of need.

In short, Italian manufacturing companies are making great strides to improve the safety of their employees. Inail data show a positive trend that shows how the culture of prevention is finally taking root in our country. Of course, there is still a long way to go, but if the good morning starts in the morning, we can be optimistic. The most virtuous companies are investing in training, technology and processes to ensure healthy and safe work environments. And with Industry 4.0 advancing, you can bet that soon even small and medium-sized companies will follow their example. In short, the future of Italian manufacturing looks rosy, at least as far as the protection of workers is concerned. Because as someone said, security is not a cost, it is an investment.


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