Occupational Health and Safety Officer (OHSO) programme
The adidas Group's Social and Environmental Affairs (SEA) department launched a Safety Officer programme in 2006 to support internal health and safety within the supplier base in Asia Pacific. Over the past four years that programme has continued to mature, integrating additional practices and requirements and building on the lessons learnt in the delivery and uptake of the training by our suppliers. In October 2010, we launched a new and upgraded Occupational Health and Safety Officer (OHSO) programme to strengthen the technical capability of the safety teams within our key business partner's factories.
The new OHSO initiative has been designed as a three-year programme and is aimed at the occupational health and safety practitioner or other key individuals in a factory who are responsible for delivering health and safety in the workplace. With due consideration to the various types of manufacturing facility in the supply chain, a standard OHSO Guideline document was developed in which the minimum number of qualified OHSO personnel required by factory size (defined by worker numbers) and pre-qualification requirements are stipulated, and an outline of the individual courses provided. It also caters for different levels of knowledge and reflects the required participation from different management levels (from basic committee, to coordinator, to management level) to help ensure the flow of knowledge and encourage discussion between the different members within the same factory.
The courses are categorised in one of three modules, with topics ranging from Fire Safety to First Aid, Communications to Chemical Management. These courses include topical elements drawn from our revised and updated Health and Safety Guidelines which were launched in April 2010, as well as more technical aspects such as Crisis Management. The training materials have been developed by our own in-house technical specialists and translated into key local languages to help both trainer and trainees.
Getting people on the course
As some countries have their own formal safety officer training and recognition schemes, SEA reviews each applicant, to assess the level and extent of training that is appropriate for them.
At the end of December 2010, we had over 250 trainees, representing 174 suppliers, in Asia Pacific attending the Module II - OHS Sustainability and Management, with another 150 trainees to participate in the second round of the first course topic in Q1 2011.