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Bosch honors projects that increase energy efficiency and occupational safety.
Held on January 23, 2018, the first Bosch EHS Awards ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 51 submissions in two categories and honored six winners. Established in 2017, the prize aims to draw attention to energy efficiency and occupational safety initiatives at Bosch locations around the world. Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations, presented the six winning projects with an award at the corporate headquarter in Gerlingen. This year, projects in Germany, China, and Brazil were honored.
Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH
Energy management 4.0
First prize in the environmental protection category went to the Bosch Homburg location, where manufacturing activities are especially energy efficient thanks to some 10,000 data points that measure values, which are then pooled in an online platform. This makes it possible to manage the energy consumption of each piece of equipment in a targeted manner. Moreover, the local team also makes use of technical innovations such as needs-based regulation of ventilation and smart switch-off management. As a result of these and other measures, the location has saved some 23,400 tons of CO2 since 2007, 4,600 thereof in 2017 alone.
Cooperating for a safe plant
With a project that aimed to raise awareness on occupational safety for every associate and in every process, the Bosch Changsha location took first place in the occupational safety category. The “Building a safe plant” project was completed in 2017. Its primary aim was to establish a continuous improvement process and actively involve associates. The comprehensive measures included targeted training sessions and internal audits at regular intervals. The site could reach its zero accident target in 2017.
The winners of the first Bosch EHS Award
On the podium
The second and third place projects at this year’s awards were also worthy of praise. With its “Cold degreasing” project, the Bosch Traunreut location reduced its energy consumption with an innovative cleaning product that is effective at low temperatures. In turn, the “GoGreen” initiative has taken a comprehensive approach to saving energy. At the Campinas location in Brazil, the “System for CIP Safety” project has ensured occupational safety with a continuous improvement process. And the “Virtual Reality Safety Training @ CC” for Abstatt associates working in a digitized world serves the same purpose.
Bosch uses Gamification for occupational safety training
Most accidents in the workplace are the result of human error, and can thus be prevented. This is why Bosch places a great deal of value on training its associates. With innovative safety training programs, the company is now taking new approaches to raising awareness about occupational safety topics.
The Gamification App-and-Go, GAppNGo for short, has been used to train Bosch associates at the plants in Rayong, Thailand and Changsha, China. The Industry 4.0 solution operates on the basis of Bosch IoT and with Augmented Reality. At spots in the plants that have been marked hazardous, participants can answer quiz questions and receive information on how the risk of accidents can be minimized. Virtual prizes and a ranking aim to motivate associates and their supervisors alike. Bosch uses the game data for the continuous improvement process.
Virtual safety training
The Abstatt location uses Virtual Reality (VR). With VR goggles, associates are immersed into the typical plant, logistics, production, and office environments, where they are confronted with the risk of accidents. The Chassis Systems Control division tested the virtual safety training program last year and intends to introduce the VR goggles at all its locations.
Both projects are making an important contribution to helping Bosch achieve its occupational safety targets by 2020. The aim is to reduce the number of accidents to a maximum of 1.7 per million hours worked. In 2016, the figure stood at 2.7 accidents, a decrease of 61 percent over 2007 levels. In addition to the training sessions, Bosch is ensuring safety at its manufacturing and development locations by introducing a occupational safety management program. With the implementation of the accredited standard OHSAS 18001 Bosch was a pioneer in this regard.
More information on current occupational safety projects at Bosch can be found here.
Bosch is committed to safer and healthier workplaces around the world
For companies, protecting employees is not only crucial from a human point of view. Certainly, well-lit, ergonomic workspaces and hazard prevention can minimize illness and absenteeism. But that is not all. As part of systematic occupational health and safety management programs, such measures can prevent operational disturbances and reduce the social costs of healthcare.
Against this backdrop, Bosch has introduced occupational health and safety measures in management processes at all of its locations. Occupational safety specialists have developed protective measures and inform associates of how they can avoid accidents and health risks, for instance when operating machinery or handling toxic or pathogenic substances. These measures comply with the OHSAS 18001 international standard. In addition, the company has made occupational health targets part of its global corporate directive on occupational and environmental safety.
This commitment has had a major impact. Bosch introduced the system in 2007. By 2013, the number of work accidents at the company had decreased by roughly 40 percent. During the same period, the number of associate days of absence dropped almost 30 percent. The effectiveness of occupational safety measures is even more apparent when headcount is considered: between 2007 and 2013, the Bosch workforce grew by about 35,000, to 281,381 (comparable scope of consolidation).
Bosch aims to reduce the number of reportable workplace accidents to three per million hours worked by 2020, down from 3.6 today. To achieve this goal, executives, safety specialists, and experts in industrial health are cooperating with external specialists at all locations. Bosch associates will also be actively involved in this process.