Our management systems
People are at the heart of Safran's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management systems, anchored in a continuous improvement initiative.
The Group-wide HSE policy is based on our fundamental principles, which focus on risk management, incorporating HSE in management decisions, measuring HSE performance and sharing experience.
The Sustainable Development department coordinates correspondents at all Safran companies. In turn, these correspondents coordinate a network of experts, including HSE engineers, doctors, management system auditors, etc. Operating in each facility, they implement improvement actions and monitor staff training and information programs. A new improvement plan, dubbed ExcellenceSSE (SSE is the French equivalent of HSE), has been set up to accelerate the pace of training sessions dedicated to occupational safety. It will train over 1,000 managers in 2014.
Since 2012, Safran Health, Safety and Environment guidelines have been deployed at all Group facilities. In addition to the requirements of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, these guidelines integrate specific requirements, organized in 28 subjects or standards. They are applicable across the Group, in all countries where we operate. Based on a maturity grid for each standard, they are used to evaluate performance according to "maturity level".
Improving industrial processes
At Safran we continuously improve our manufacturing and maintenance processes to help protect the environment.
The design phase for aerospace, defense and security products is subject to extremely demanding procedures, to guarantee reliability and safety. The rigorous approach that characterizes these cutting-edge sectors has a heavy impact on industrial processes. Because of the heavy loads experienced by aircraft and their long service life (up to 40 years), we have to apply stringent design and manufacturing processes and standards.
Nonetheless, these processes are constantly being improved. For example, we apply new, cleaner and more efficient manufacturing processes as they are developed to limit waste, recycle materials and enhance energy efficiency.
Safran is certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard, and deploys the associated methodologies as a management tool enabling us to identify and control the environmental impact of our operations. This certification reflects a formal commitment to continuous improvement. Improving our performance depends on being able to efficiently manage pollution risks by controlling the gaseous, liquid and other effluents generated by our operations.