Dr Agnès Martineau-Arbes, Safran Group health coordinator, received the "Duty of Care Covid 19 Ambassador"
Dr. Agnès Martineau-Arbes, Group health coordinator, received the "Duty of Care Covid 19 Ambassador" international award, with honorable mention, in recognition of her actions in managing the pandemic within Safran. Here's a look back at this essential role.
«To be at the service of people and their health, with respect for human life and dignity, and with the conviction that work can be a source of fulfilment and well-being, and therefore of good health», is Agnès Martineau-Arbes' credo. Very involved in preventive measures for physical and mental health in the workplace, she represented occupational medicine in the Group's Covid 19 crisis unit.
ON THE FRONT LINE AGAINST COVID 19
«As coordinating physician, my main mission - in normal circumstances - is to lead a network of more than 30 doctors, 120 occupational health nurses and «health correspondents» active on Safran sites in France and around the world, explains Agnès Martineau-Arbes.
During the pandemic, with this network and in cooperation with safety preventionists, ergonomists, managers, HR and communication departments, general resources and social partners, we worked together to protect the health of all employees as best as we could, while complying with the rules defined by the health authorities in the countries where Safran operates.
We drew up a protocol, amended throughout the pandemic, covering all aspects of working life. A real «backup plan» has been set up, including: the layout of production workstations respecting flows and distance, the layout of offices, massive teleworking for eligible jobs, floor markings, distribution of wipes and hydroalcoholic gel, the layout of common areas (coffee areas, restaurants, changing rooms), the organisation of deliveries, warehouses, storage areas, shuttles and company vehicles, etc. As soon as masks were available, we ordered stocks to distribute them to staff. The health department also carried out rapid screening tests as soon as they were available. Finally, we launched vaccinations as soon as they were authorised.
A DESIRE: TO BE AT SERVICE OF PEOPLE AND THEIR HEALTH ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE
«With the internal International Mobility and Security teams, explains Agnès Martineau-Arbes, we also worked closely with the «International SOS Foundation» (ISOS) to ensure that all employees on assignment (when essential and possible) or on expatriation were informed of the health situation, of the preventive measures available to them, and that they were given medical attention in the event of a health problem.
With ISOS, we have monitored and accompanied individually more than 500 employees. Currently, they help us monitor the situation in all the countries where Safran is present, in order to adjust the health protocols «à la carte».
«Last May, she continues, the ISOS medical team asked me to apply for the «Duty of Care Covid 19 Ambassador» award. I was very honored to be an honorable mention winner, as it is a sign of recognition from peers (ISOS was created by doctors and works with doctors). It is an honorary award that I share with all those I am still working with on this pandemic and who have done a great job. I hope that we are heading for better days! In any case, Safran personnel can always count on us».
FOCUS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SOS FOUNDATION
Launched in October 2011, this foundation aims to raise awareness of health and safety issues impacting their workforce globally.
In 2016, ISOS created the Duty of Care Summit to recognise global organisations for their outstanding achievements in protecting the health, safety and security of their workforce with «Duty of Care» Awards. This year, 3 new awards were created, including the Covid-19 Ambassador Award. It rewards the exceptional programs developed by companies in favor of employee prevention in the face of the pandemic.
Dr. Agnès Martineau-Arbes was the only French woman among the 6 nominees.
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