World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Today, 28 April, we celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which reminds us of the duty and importance of providing workers with decent and safe working conditions and an environment in which they can feel safe and protected. This applies to facilities and equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as to processes and the working environment.
We also want to honour the memory of all those who have been victims of accidents at work and those who have suffered from occupational diseases, both those who have been injured and those who have sadly died.
At Uquifa, we are fully aware that our employees are the heart of our company and we are firmly committed to promoting a working environment and culture that guarantees the safety and health of all of us, as well as the safety and health of external collaborators who may provide us with services in any of our facilities.
In fact, safety at work is one of our Group Values, in addition to the fact that safety and health at work is one of our key commitments, which is included in our Code of Ethics and Conduct. In addition, as a member of the chemical industry and as a manufacturer of active ingredients and pharmaceutical intermediates, natural extracts and derived products, as well as dietary supplements and their derivatives, we must and do comply with all applicable safety regulations, including the prevention of occupational risks. With this in mind, we are particularly diligent in Identifying, assessing and managing all risks, both industrial and related to any activity to which we may be exposed.
We also provide our employees with the training and resources they need to perform their jobs in the safest and healthiest way possible, and we do not tolerate the use of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in the workplace. In this sense, and although we continue to improve, we would like to inform you that we have not had any serious accidents in our facilities in the last two years.
This year, 2021, has also been an additional relevant challenge, as we continue to suffer the consequences of the global COVID pandemic, and although we have implemented all the necessary hygiene and safety distance measures, including masks, hydroalcoholic gel, specific training on COVID, among others, COVID has affected our company.
The pandemic has led to tension and work overload at the level of the management of the people who make up the Group (including the introduction of working-from-home), at the level of the management of the Group’s operations: from the supply of materials, through production, to the dispatch of orders, but above all it has had a strong impact and an emotional shock on all of us. Despite this, we continue to work with the same professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment.
Together, we continue to work to create a place of
where injuries, occupational illnesses and other potential accidents are minimised.