Health and safety
Ensuring the health and safety of its employees across the Group is one of Datatec's priorities. In addition to occupational compliance practices, employee wellness and ensuring that employees lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle are a focus. A healthy work organisation results in productive and focused employees equipped with the tools to contribute to the Group's success.
The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the WHO on 11 March 2020, at the start of the Group's new financial year, heralded an unprecedented global economic and humanitarian crisis. The Group's immediate response was to keep employees safe in accordance with government guidelines in all geographies of operation which typically involved maximising working from home, social distancing and all advised measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Travel and face-to-face meetings were quickly reduced and eliminated completely in accordance with prevailing regulations.
Commitment to health and safety
Logicalis recognises its obligation to reduce the risk of injury in the work environment and to provide a clean and safe place to work. Logicalis undertakes to comply with health and safety regulations as set out in the jurisdictions in which Logicalis operates around the world.
Each Logicalis operation has its own health and safety policy which is consistent with best practice in the applicable jurisdiction, and regularly undertakes programmes and procedures to mitigate health and safety risks, such as risk assessments and safety audits.
Logicalis also ensures that the appropriate health and safety training is provided for its employees for the role that they perform, which includes, where appropriate, the training of first aiders and fire marshals.
All employees within Logicalis annually complete an online Code of Conduct training course which covers the responsibilities of Logicalis as an employer and all Logicalis employees with regard to health and safety in the workplace.
Encouraging employees to take care of their health
Logicalis US encourages all employees to get a physical examination through their primary physician each year that is paid for by Logicalis. Employees who get a physical examination in a particular year pay discounted premiums on their Logicalis-provided medical coverage for the entire calendar year. In addition, in the winter, employees are encouraged to get flu vaccinations which are covered by their medical plans.
Logicalis Brazil supports the welfare of its employees by offering free flu vaccinations. It has also increased awareness of breast and prostate cancer among employees, promoting a series of actions for "Pink October" and "Blue November", bringing in expert speakers and encouraging staff to walk and move more. The number of steps taken by employees were converted into donations for entities that support the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of these diseases.
In Logicalis Argentina, all employees are assisted with first-class health plans and offered a variety of ad hoc health events throughout the year such as exercise hours and massage sessions. Logicalis provides fruit for its staff on a daily basis and also offers a free flu vaccination.
Logicalis UK has created a health and safety forum that meets once a month, with inter-departmental reporting on health and safety issues. A Health and Safety Manager has been appointed to make the management of health and safety issues a priority within the business. It also offers best-in-class health plans to all employees.
In Logicalis Ireland, all employees have completed a manual handling course. Employees were trained on how to perform specific manual handling tasks and identify ergonomic factors associated with their work activities. This course has now been included in Logicalis Ireland's induction process for all new employees. A refresher course will be undertaken by all employees on a biannual basis.
At Logicalis Germany, every location has trained employees to administer first aid. Furthermore, there are regular audits by an external consultant on health and safety. Logicalis Germany offers fresh seasonal fruits to employees on a weekly basis.
Logicalis Singapore has renewed their certification for bizSafe Level 4, awarded by the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council for three years. The bizSafe Programme promotes workplace safety and health through the recognition of safety efforts. Selected staff are trained in first aid and CPR courses that equip them with better skills and knowledge in handling emergency situations. To promote a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits, staff get to enjoy generous servings of fresh fruit, courtesy of Logicalis, on a designated day each month.
For the wellbeing of employees, Logicalis Taiwan offers its employees a free health screening once every two years. Periodic fire and earthquake drills are also held to ensure readiness and safe evacuation of employees.
Thomas Duryea Logicalis ("TDL") has trained employees in its Australian and Malaysian operations to provide first aid assistance, should the need arise. TDL Australia has also trained fire wardens. TDL Malaysia has a health and safety committee that meets regularly to review management of incidents and provide feedback on ways to improve health and safety systems and procedures. TDL Australia also provides fresh fruit daily and offers free flu vaccinations to all employees.
Commitment to health and safety
Westcon International has provided additional professional health and safety resources to meet growing demands for legislative compliance and stakeholder requirements.
It has recruited a UK-based Facilities Co-ordinator and a Health, Safety and Quality Management Co-ordinator.
The team will help maintain a safe and environmentally conscious workplace and business environment, which is managed in accordance with local standards and regulations.
Westcon International is increasing safety promotional information and training, raising the profile of health and safety across the division. This includes standardised safety reporting, health and safety awareness e-learning, employee feedback on potential issues, and reviewing "near-miss" incidents to help reduce potential workplace accidents. A health, safety and quality module is also included in the EMEA New Starter Induction event.