2012 Half year financial report

Health and Safety

In the first half of 2012, safety training (for a total of 9,000 hours) as well as dedicated courses on specific subjects (such as: “safe driving courses for road vehicle operators", "first aid courses for infirmary staff", "expert maintenance operator courses", "courses on the use of electrostatic guns for painting operators") were held for new recruits on fixed-term contracts, with training provided in line with new provisions of Government/Regional agreements in force since 26 January 2012 in relation to which a training programme for different employee categories, including white collar staff and managers, is also being defined.

In June 2012, OCRA analysis on the risk of biomechanical overload on the upper limbs, which is part of the ERGONOMICS PROJECT, was completed at the Pontedera site: this activity is now being completed at the Scorzè and Mandello del Lario operating sites. At the Pontedera site, 1,514 work tasks were analysed; specific re-engineering is being carried out for a limited number of tasks (approximately 13%) and will be completed in July.

Operating programmes for each operating site are continuing to schedule, with NIOSH/SNOOK and CIRIELLO analysis on the risk of lifting and pushing loads that will be completed by the end of this year. At the Pontedera site, 625 of the 1,150 work stations were analysed, while a further 430 are currently being analysed. Re-engineering is also taking place, where necessary.

In the first half of 2012, the penultimate operating step of the Piaggio-USL 5 Valdera agreement (between Piaggio and the local health authorities of the Valdera area), on research into work-related pathologies of the upper limbs in assembly departments neared completion. Tests (scans and tests on nervous conduction velocity) on workers already undergoing individual check-ups because pathological characterisation applies to them, after screening in previous steps, are nearly finished

Work continued in the period to bring the Polo Meccanica site in line with Piaggio company standards relative to its safety and environmental management system, in view of plans to extend OHSAS 18001/07 and ISO 14001 certification to this production unit.

In February 2012, the Occupational Hygiene and Safety Department conducted a safety audit at the Piaggio Vietnam site, based on the BS HOSAS18001 standard and Consolidated Act 81/2008 in force in Italy. The Safety Management System, in line with the system adopted by the Piaggio Group at its European sites, was therefore implemented with documents and procedures. In the first half of the year, approximately 1,200 hours of safety training were provided.