Safety First and Always

By Monsanto

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases i.e. more than 2.3 million deaths per year. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast. According to the United Nations, poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

We are optimistic that these numbers can be turned around.

Observed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 28 April since 2003, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an international campaign to promote a safe and healthy work environment for all.

Our work places are predominantly made up of people. So it’s safe to say that safety begins with people are safe practices. What are these ‘safe practices’ and how can an organisation create this secure environment for its biggest asset – its people?

For us at Monsanto, safety is our prime concern; whether it’s our employees, our farmers or the society-at-large. Here are some of our safety initiatives at the workplace:

Trainings

A disaster can strike in the most unexpected situations. The safest is to be prepared to tackle one when it strikes. While we have every safety guideline in the book, our teams undergo trainings on how to counter adverse situations that may foray like a thunderbolt.

Here’s how our teams train to deal with any adverse situations that might occur and offer assistance with speed and efficacy.

Keeping families safe

Our employees are encouraged to stay safe, both at and outside of work. This involves ensuring the safety of every employee’s family as well. Through interactive sessions, our employees learn to address concerns such as home safety, child safety, road safety, LPG safety as well as handling emergency situations such as cardiac arrests, dog bites and treating electric shocks.

The Health Factor

Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is fundamental for our population to prosper. At Monsanto, we encourage our employees to practice leading a healthy, productive lifestyle. This World Day of Safety and Health at Work, our ESH team piloted an informative session on cardiac rehabilitation, wellness and medical weight management.

Safety at work has always been central to our work culture and ethics. Our colleagues spend most part of their time at their workplace. Hence, it is every organisation’s responsibility to create a safe and secure environment for every employee and their family.

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