Chemical and pharmaceutical industries are exploring the digital path to improve health and safety

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«Culture, culture, culture». This is what is needed in terms of health, safety and the environment, Bernardo Sestini reiterated yesterday, in his role as vice-president of Federchimica with responsibility for industrial relations, while moderating the national day traditionally dedicated to these topics from chemistry and pharmaceuticals, as foreseen by the national collective labor agreement signed by Federchimica, Farmindustria and Filctem, Femca, Uiltec and Ugl. «The culture on these issues, however, requires method and discipline and leadership that goes in a clear direction because then you also need to be followed by the workers», continues Sestini. The perception of risk and awareness on the topic are significantly increasing if it is true, according to the data of the latest Responsible Care report, that last year the incidence of accidents in the sector was 39% lower than the manufacturing average.

The role of training and innovation

Possible? Possible, thanks above all to numerous training initiatives, but also to new technologies, digital and artificial intelligence which are increasing their impact on health and safety outcomes. Behind this trend there is a sensitivity that has grown thanks to bargaining but also by pooling data and experiences to improve the activities of companies.

Second level bargaining

The multiplier effect of the national contract is also in good company practices through the second level of bargaining that Federchimica, Farmindustria and the unions enhance with the best company experiences award. This year’s recognition for the adoption of social responsibility and contractual welfare systems went to Philip Morris in Italy, Nippon Gases Italy, Aptuit and MSD Italy.

The decline in occupational diseases

As Sestini explains, «the diffusion of the safety culture is an integral part of the social responsibility choices and the sustainable development commitment adopted: also thanks to this commitment, for example, the cases of occupational diseases in the chemical industry are less than half compared to the manufacturing average (-62%) and have reduced by 56% in the last 12 years”. A reasoning shared by Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, Farmindustria delegate for industrial relations, who when talking about pharmaceuticals underlines the role “of profitable industrial relations”, in a vision where sustainability comes into play at 360°. The data says so. «Pharmaceuticals – continues Marullo di Condojanni – has long been committed to environmental, economic and social sustainability. In ten years we have reduced energy consumption by 37% and considering those relevant to atmospheric emissions by 34%”.

The spread of welfare

In chemistry, innovative solutions «for continuous improvement in a sustainable development strategy, have led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 58% compared to 1990, an objective already in line with the EU 2030», says Sestini. Then there is all the commitment on the welfare and second level bargaining front. In this regard, Marullo di Condojanni notes the widespread diffusion of measures ranging from social security and supplementary healthcare to the family. Moreover, says Sestini, “well over 60% of workers are covered by company negotiations on welfare”. This is also a result of participatory relationships.

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