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A Stable, Healthy and Safe Environment in a Rapidly Changing World
The provision of a safe environment and access to health services are some of the main requirements for a humane workplace. We differentiate between two levels of action: First, health and safety at the workplace, and, second, a broader approach towards health promotion in the community.
From Certified Management…
In all organizational processes, health and safety aspects have to be taken into account. To follow up on, for example, any reported safety problems or repeated incidents, precise documentation is needed. Tangible targets have to be set, and training courses on all relevant health and safety issues have to be carried out and repeated regularly. To make sure that our health and safety management system works according to internationally recognized standards, all our companies have been certified according to the well-known OHSAS 18001 standard since 2005. In every company, a health and safety team is responsible for ensuring that standards are met. The team meets annually to discuss the related company statistics and to formulate action plans for prevention if needed.
…to the Individual Level
Nonetheless, the challenge of maintaining a healthy work environment is much greater than only ensuring workplace safety. One must also ensure that employees have the ability to lead healthy lives. Therefore, each working day, we serve our employees a warm and healthy lunch including organic vegetables. Furthermore, our small sporting club uses the football field, which we built for the school at the main premises. Even more important is the individual medical support for all employees, which they receive at the Medical Center.
The SEKEM Medical Center
The SEKEM Medical Center is part of a comprehensive plan for community development for offering health care services to SEKEM employees and the general public. It was established under the umbrella of the SEKEM Development Foundation in 1995. Education and health awareness programs for patients are designed to meet the needs of the local community. People are told about sanitation and hygiene, provided with information on health, nutrition, disease prevention and environmental issues, and are encouraged to use the services of the Medical Center for preventive and curative treatments.