DAF Trucks recently won the Incentive Trophy from the Dutch Lung Alliance (LAN) and RPS Nederland, an engineering consulting firm. This award goes to companies that work to prevent accidents as well as occupational illnesses related to improper ventilation and other issues. DAF points out that more than 3,000 people die from “exposure to harmful substances at work” in the Netherlands, a figure that is five times the number of deaths related to driving.
“The prize is an acknowledgement of the tremendous effort being made by all at DAF to keep our place of work as safe as possible,” says Jos Habets, director of operations and a member of the board at DAF Trucks. “And there is a good reason why we invest continuously in new equipment, tools and processes: at DAF nothing is more important than having our employees return home safe and sound at the end of the day.”
Proper Ventilation Of Welding Fumes
The LAN and RPS chose DAF to receive the award largely because of how the firm monitors the welding process and protects workers that are in proximity to fumes, gases, and other harmful particles that can cause lung disease and other conditions. For DAF, reducing the risk has meant bringing in “the newest tools, optimal ventilation, a safe working environment, and employee education.” The company also appoints Safety Leaders and asks production workers safety questions before they’re allowed to work.