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A safe and secure working environment – the backbone of a sustainable port

Each and every day, more than 300 employees located on both sides of the strait ensure that port operations flow smoothly and problem free. One prerequisite for this is that the people within the entire CMP organisation feel safe and secure, and that they have an employer who supports them at all stages. Historically, CMP has minimal staff turnover – with many employees who choose to work for an extended period of time, which not only provides more secure operations for customers, but also indicates that they enjoy their work and their workplace.

Port activities are associated with some risks, and therefore measures for safety and securing the working environment are naturally at the top of the agenda within CMP. As an employer, clear legal requirements are imposed on CMP, and its health and safety at the workplace policy sets the overall framework for how the efforts within the organisation should be conducted.

However – the basic responsibility for the practical efforts with health and safety in the workplace must be as close to the operational activities as feasible, and therefore all elements of the operations are mapped out and assessed for risk by forepersons, safety and health engineers, and health and safety representatives (HSRs). These involved jointly develop the standardised working procedures, which the relevant employees are then trained in.

For a long time, CMP has had a low rate of absence due to illness, concerning both short-term and long-term illness. Our overall ambition is that the employee gets the right treatment as soon as possible, and is able to quickly return to work. Therefore all staff are offered informal conversations with their manager with the aim of detecting health risks at an early stage, where they discuss their work situation focusing on stress symptoms and how to prevent this from leading to reduced capacity to work and absence due to illness, or at worst, absenteeism. In situations where an employee becomes ill or is injured in an accident, CMP has a company health care agreement and as an additional complement, employees are offered healthcare insurance to ensure the fastest possible treatment.

The fact that employees are at the core of CMP’s safety work also means that there is an expectation that each and every individual will comply with the rules that apply for the operations. These are described in detail in CMP’s Code of Conduct, which sets out rules of behaviour and conduct linked to i.a. the efforts to combat corruption, the relationships with customers, suppliers and collaborative partners, as well as the organisation’s approach to sustainability and the environment. An essential part of being able to offer a safe and secure workplace is that all employees have the correct skills and expertise to carry out their work tasks and responsibilities, which CMP ensures vis relevant in-service training and skills development efforts.

Considering that all employees must feel safe and secure at their workplace, we have a strict zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol within CMP. At present, all commercial vehicles on the Swedish side are equipped with alcohol interlocks, while on the Danish side, random drug and alcohol tests are carried out. In the long term, this eventually will also become standard in Malmö and the aim is to be able to recognise and offer support and assistance to any individual employees who may be suffering from drug or alcohol-related problems.