A Safety attitude in 8 points
- Thanks to its long experience, the group has a strong culture of safety on building sites it manages. Several Egis entities have longstanding experience in health and safety at work, particularly in industrial environments. In 2014, Egis decided to structure and roll out this approach under the label “Safety Attitude by Egis”.
- Assess HSE risks and deploy the necessary actions.
- Train our employees.
- Implement HSE best practices.
- Respect and enforce the correct actions and postures and use personal protection equipment.
- Adopt responsible and safe conduct.
- Report all dangerous situations and accidents.
- Behave appropriately in the event of accidents.
- Audit our projects and site activities.
- A roadmap and a QEH (Quality Environment Health and safety) program structure the approach.
- In 2017, definition and deployment of a delegation system and clarification of roles and responsibilities in the field of health and safety (premises, project management and hierarchical, collective responsibility) established in 2018).
- A health and safety correspondent was appointed to deploy the rules, advise HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) managers in the subsidiaries, implement awareness modules and define indicators. These indicators will help coordinate the process and report to stakeholders on any progress made.
- The group has chosen the OHSAS 18001 standard as a basis for building its own methodological reference system
- See our performance manual to learn more about our approach
- See our CSR reporting for the indicator
Tools to better prevent at-risk situations
- A system has been set up to enable each employee report at-risk situations or “near-misses” and to suggest improvements. This empowers individuals and contributes to the smooth running of the management system. Link on the reporting form
- A collaborative platform entitled “My Egis Health and Safety” brings together all the documentation available to employees
Training to strengthen HSE culture
- An awareness e-learning campaign has been organized for all employees, detailing the 8 rules of the Safety Attitude. Two e-learning modules on international health and safety were made available to Egis employees travelling abroad. An e-learning dedicated to people who work on sites has also been deployed.
- A”Root Cause Analysis” training has been hold. Despite all the preventive measures in place, incidents do sometimes occur. It is therefore important that Egis understands why this event occurred. This happens by understanding the sequence of events that led to it and first and foremost by looking into what action needs to be taken to ensure that these incidents never occur again. Training with practical cases (e-learning + face-to-face) on “Analysis of Causes” is made available to employees to help them solve the problems that plague them, either in the life of a project or in everyday activities.
- Occasionally, other training and awareness events are organised on Health and Safety topics around the world. Examples
- First Aid training at Egis Cameroon
- In Brazil, Egis teams have joined the fight against breast and prostate cancer
- In Qatar, a sight loss awareness day was organised
A closer look at crisis situations : simulations to establish the best response. When faced with a crisis, companies often react in an emotional and urgent way. To anticipate these risks, Egis is taking the initiative and organising real-time simulations.
- Simulations of health and safety emergencies (fainting, sprains, cuts and electric shocks) are carried out at several sites to test and improve current practices.
- AtTerrorist attacks, construction accidents, disasters or fires… Risks that the company may face at any time. To better prepare for this, the Group Audit and Risk Division organised a stress test. Several employees were mobilized to run the system for an hour and a half
The health and safety of Egis employees is divided into 4 themes:
- Building safety
- International travel safety
- Prevention of psychosocial risks
- Employee safety on projects
The Egis group has set up a monitoring and analysis system for HSE regulatory compliance in order to identify changes to standards and incorporate them into its management system (within France). This monitoring enables users to access specific and targeted legal news at all times, keep diagnoses up to date with regard to compliance with regulatory requirements, and manage the compliance of action plans. This is undertaken regularly for the France perimeter by a panel comprising the Labour and Employment Relations department, Documentation Unit and Performance department. The Health and Safety & Environment Manager is responsible for incorporating changes into our documentation package. Depending on the nature of engineering contracts entered into, whether by clients with their own reference documents or in other countries, an inventory is taken of the applicable regulatory documents as part of the project and supplemented by our own requirements reference document. Alongside this, and more specifically for projects, business activity communities also provide monitoring available on the My Egis collaborative tool
A specific safety and security approach for international activities
In light of current events, the safety of our employees abroad is a major issue, whether this involves short or long stays. As a responsible employer, Egis has sought to strengthen its security protocols to ensure a protective environment suitable to each employee. In 2011, the Human Resources Department created a position dedicated to the safety of employees abroad, to closely monitor the movement of teams and anticipate any risks to their safety.
At the heart of the initiative is a country ranking, updated monthly, which defines the safety procedures for each country where Egis operates. Countries are broken down into four categories according to their degree of exposure to risks, formalising the instructions given to employees.
Every employee is required to enter their journeys/trips in the Safetrip tool, an international travel declaration tool, so they can be contacted at any time in the event a risk should be detected in the country where they are staying. A travel notebook is given to anyone going abroad to remind them of the precautions to take before leaving, during the trip, and on a daily basis. This notebook specifies what to do in case of emergency.
In 2017, Egis signed a medical repatriation contract through the organisation International SOS, which now covers not only security services, but also 24-hour medical assistance and medical repatriation for all Egis travellers. This new partnership guarantees comprehensive assistance for Egis employees during their business travels and trips abroad
Expression and well-being at work
Each establishment is free to organise activities that create a friendly atmosphere, encourage interaction and facilitate collaborations. Whether related to sports, cultural, musical or other activities, they are welcome.
While the concept of happiness at work includes a more human relationship within the company and a sense of conviviality that has previously been absent from the world of work, it also relates to the concept of improving employee productivity. As such, from the utopia of happiness at work to the strategy of employee skills optimisation, a profound structural change is taking place in the company.
- Breakfast meetings with senior management: Launched in 2015, Egis organises breakfasts during which senior management and employees can meet and exchange freely. It’s the employees who decide what they want to discuss. They can express themselves freely.
- Livr’échanges: To quench their thirst for reading and share their literary favourites, employees can submit their books to the Documentation Centre. They are then made available to everyone, near the cafeteria. A second, third, fourth life awaits them.
- A rooftop vegetable garden in Montreuil: employees taking the initiative : Rather than calling on an external service provider to operate their firm’s green spaces, around fifteen employees at the Egis site in Montreuil decided to create their own kitchen garden. Managed, maintained and run by them, it is governed by the shared gardens charter of the city of Montreuil.And in early 2016, a garden project at START (Egis headquarters in Guyancourt) was launched, this time at ground level
- At our premises in India, yoga sessions are regularly organised, according to Tilak Chowdhury, Communications Officer: “Our teams celebrate Yoga Day (21 June) every year, but practise yoga all year round. We arrange yoga sessions for our staff four days a week. Having taken part in sessions, employees who have had neck or back problems feel better…“. Shivani Rao, a Yoga teacher also known as DivineYogshala gave a lesson to Indian employees based at the Gurgaon headquarters. To mark the occasion, the newspaper “Times of India” published an article putting participants in the spotlight
- Workshops “do it yourself” are regulary organized by the employees to make cleaning and beauty products
- Quality of life at work/the right to disconnect: signing of a Group agreement in November 2018. The new Group agreement reinforces these commitments by organising six actions each year to raise awareness about quality of life at work and the right to disconnect, including one for the benefit of managers, as well as organising several half-days without email for employees who want to spend time working offline.
- An agreement has been signed regarding the Compte Épargne Temps (CET) “time-off bank” initiative and authorised employee rest days giving time off to employees with a relative who is seriously ill.
- Part-time: any request for part-time work is considered by Egis. Almost all the part-time work is “chosen”.
- Internal meeting times: no internal Egis meeting should end after 6pm (or after 7pm in exceptional circumstances related to an emergency affecting the safety of goods or people).
- Management of working time: Possibility of adapting working hours for parents with children under 3 years old + special schedules at the beginning of school terms.
- Authorised absences are provided for employees who have a child with a severe disability (for medical examinations).
- Paternity/maternity/adoption leave measures: implementation of additional support to maintain employees’ total salary, return-to-work career appraisals, ways to keep in touch with the company and the Group during periods of absence (access to the intranet and the internal network), organisation of working schedules for pregnant women from the 3rd month of pregnancy (-20 min per day, -30 min from the 5th month). Organisation of childcare and related costs in the event of training.
Psychosocial Risks (PR)
The prevention of the PR is a major stake of our health policy. A psychological assistance is proposed to employees , subject to the obligation of professional secrecy. It’s main objective is to look for solutions adapted to each (French perimeter).
Since it arrived in our personal and professional lives, electronic mail has provided us with communication opportunities that have profoundly changed our view of interactions. Today, we will see the downside of this wonderful technological progress: overload, urgency, interruptions, depersonalisation of relationships and even dependency are terms often used when we consider this form of communication. As a responsible business, Egis would like to promote good email habits in order to minimise the negative effects. This leaflet combines a measure of common sense and a pinch of humour to provide you with the keys to making optimum use of your email system.
11 commitments to support employees affected by cancer (France scope)
To promote the continuation of employment or the return to employment of people with cancer, Egis has signed the charter developed by the “Club des entreprises”, jointly led by the French National Cancer Institute (Inca), the French Association of Directors of Human Resources and the National Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions and its network of regional associations. Each year, an evaluation of the scheme will be carried out.