CASE: SafeNordkalk, a campaign to further engage and activate our people in safety

The SafeNordkalk campaign as the next step towards zero accidents, was first introduced at Nordkalk in 2020. It was created to assist our local teams in improving safety performance using existing tools, trainings and measures, and to engage all Nordkalk employees in safety activities and discussions. The first campaign resulted in hundreds of ideas on how to improve safety further at Nordkalk. Since the beginning of the campaign, it has developed into an annual event taking place in all our major countries of operations aiming to set a new and common standard for all Nordkalk sites in safety work. Annual themes according to present needs. In 2022, corporate level themes for SafeNordkalk campaign were chosen by our local Health and Safety managers, who are the best experts to estimate the issues that need to be reminded of or strengthened within Nordkalk.

“Safety topics should be on top of our agenda every day, but with SafeNordkalk campaign we aim to highlight the topics which require most of our people’s attention for the moment”, said Jörgen Lönn, who works as Nordkalk’s Health and Safety Manager in Sweden and was responsible for coordinating the campaign in 2022.

To support local needs in the best way, the contents of the campaign varied across the organisation, but all activities related to common themes and familiar SafeNordkalk concept.

Helmut to help

“After the few “pandemic” years, we wanted to support our people’s return to the new normal by organising facilitated discussions as well as lectures on stress management and psychosocial health. The other selected focus areas were 5S and safety in winter conditions. Winter conditions pose an increased risk e.g., for slip & fall and traffic accidents in all main Nordkalk countries with the more or less Northern weather conditions”, said Jörgen Lönn. “We wanted to remind our people about correct ways of acting in the winter conditions by using visual comic strips where our recognisable SafeNordkalk character “Helmut” was presented in different risky situations”, he continued.

One practical piece of communication about the winter conditions was sent to every Nordkalk employee; an ice scraper for the car.

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