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Sustainability

Health and Safety

The well-being and integrity of its direct and indirect Team Members is a commitment from JBS. The Company understands that it is necessary to act in preventive and corrective manners with the goal of eliminating accidents and offering safe work conditions,including personal and collective protective equipment items, improvement in conditions for performing tasks, and programs in ergonomics and quality of life.


POLICIES

Like with other topics, Health and Safety Management follows global principles determined by JBS, as well as regional programs and local action plans.

The bases for disseminating the Health and Safety Policies are training and education. Actions in this area involve guidance to new Team Members in different languages, specific training on tasks, department safety meetings, and monthly updates. There are also procedures for investigating incidents, to help prevent, reduce, mitigate or eliminate injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This practice ensures more effective corrective action plans.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PRINCIPLES AT JBS

  • Motivate, inform, develop, train and qualify Team Members, making them responsible for ensuring and promoting a healthy and safe work environment;
  • Anticipate and prevent accidents, understanding that all accidents can be avoided;
  • Aim at ongoing improvement in processes, machinery and equipment, promoting control actions to eliminate or minimize incidents;
  • Ensure the compliance with legal requirements, Self-Management Health and Safety Program, and other items applicable to health and safety;
  • Build and disseminate the Health and Safety culture as a value by leading through example, individual responsibility and shared vigilance.

MANAGEMENT

JBS has specialized Teams to address Health and Safety, responsible for mapping risks, assessing needs for investment, and establishing corrective actions for their respective Business Divisions. Additionally, the Company invests in training so that everyone is qualified for their functions. All JBS units have an Emergency Brigade.

2018 2017 2016
Investments (million R$) 170,0 130,8 87,7
N. of team members trained 75.248 n/d* n/d*

*n/a = not available

IN PRACTICE

The main safety indicators are tracked every day, week and month, so that decisions about Health and Safety are made quickly with top priority.

Health and Safety goals are checked on a monthly basis in all Business Units and Divisions, and the evolution of frequency rate indicators and the rate of severity and improvement actions are demonstrated to everyone. Likewise, the action plans on accidents are tracked and pending legal non-compliances indicated in the ISS safety inspections are checked, as well as pending indicators on mandatory training sessions in each function.

These topics are conducted in each Production plant according to the Self- Management Health and Safety Program (PSSAG),which gathers rules and principles aimed at standardizing procedures, internal processes and programs in line with legislations on occupational health and safety.

The PSSAG has the goal of fostering preventive actions and monitoring the health of Team Members through occupational health exams. Additionally, it aims at promoting the adoption of healthy habits, through corporate campaigns. Every year, two nationwide campaigns are conducted, with topics relevant to the health and well- being of Teams, as well as ad hoc campaigns in each plant.

In Brazil, JBS conducts structured audits based on legislation and internal procedures. All non-compliances are monitored in local safety committees and in the corporate committee, comprised of all HR directors from the businesses and managers from the Specialized Service in Safety engineering and Work Medicine (SESMT), which analyzes data from all Divisions and inspections by auditors from the Ministry of Labor, as well as independent audits from Company clients.

All JBS Team Members are represented by Internal Commissions for Prevention of Accidents (CIPAs), with the goal of helping SESMT in prevention of work-related accidents and illnesses and aiming at preserving the life and health of professionals. The CIPA observes and exposes risk conditions in work environments, requests measures to reduce, eliminate or neutralize the existing risks, debates the accidents occurred, and requests measures that prevent accidents that are similar to the previous ones.