People – Employee engagement and society

Health and safety of our workforce

ALPLA prioritises employee health and safety by instituting a decentralised occupational health and safety management system (HSMS), designed to align with the Occupational Safety and Health Convention (No. 155) and Recommendation (No. 164) of 1981 while meeting specific legal requirements in each operating country. Furthermore, the system seamlessly incorporates global standards, including ISO 14001 for environmental management and ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management, into the operations of many of our plants. Our system covers a wide array of activities for ensuring safety, ranging from routine office tasks to high-risk endeavours, emphasising the critical importance of implementing the HSMS for achieving organisational goals and ensuring workplace safety.

Walter Ritzer


It is the job of all of us to make ALPLA a safe place to work. The basis of our global HSE programme is to increase the safety awareness of our employees. We want to motivate them to recognise and eliminate all unsafe conditions and behaviours. There are no reasons to circumvent our security requirements. No matter how great the pressure from the market is. Safety comes first.

ALPLA’s risk assessment process includes skilled personnel and an occupational physician utilising digital tools to identify work hazards and share global control measures, minimising injury recurrence. Additionally, outsourced occupational health services collaborate with local HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) representatives to monitor employee hazard exposure and comply with legal requirements, conducting regular medical assessments for hazardous substances.

Employee engagement across all levels at ALPLA is crucial for the effective implementation of HSE programmes. This engagement is facilitated through NEXT, ALPLA’s tailor-made Operational Excellence programme, and more specifically for HSE in the Health and Safety Committee, guided by corporate HSE protocols, and includes both workers and plant management, with a focus on HSE during inspections. ALPLA also incentivises safety improvements through a rewards scheme and ensures transparent communication of incidents to prevent recurrence. The frequency of safety committee meetings varies based on plant size and legal obligations, ranging from monthly to biannually.

The contractor management process at ALPLA ensures that employees and external workers confirm awareness of workplace risks, the ALPLA safety standards and emergency procedures, committing to compliance. This process also involves evaluating the contractor’s skills and qualifications, providing safety induction, presenting an overview of hazards, issuing permit to work systems (PTWs) for specific tasks and utilising a digital system for performance monitoring across most plants. The training sessions are provided at no cost to participants and are scheduled during regular paid working hours.

Mitigating noise exposure is a key focus within our manufacturing facilities. While substantial reduction of noise levels may not always be technically achievable, the mandatory use of hearing protection plugs within production areas is enforced. In order to assess the effects on employee well-being, routine annual hearing tests and respiratory health checks are conducted for all shop-floor personnel.
In certain periods of the year, specific facilities within our organisation handle post-consumer recycled (PCR) material, known for its stronger odour than standard virgin material. To address this, we undertake comprehensive air analysis and deploy robust ventilation systems equipped with specialised filters to effectively manage possible unpleasant odours emanating from the material.


We make use of the ALPLA accident database, a worldwide system, to report, investigate and mitigate accidents and incidents, as well as unsafe conditions and behaviours. Our internal data analytics system assists in the monthly analysis and elaboration of key performance indicators.