Health and Safety Management


S​afeguarding workers’ health and wellbeing

Brembo has made the protection of Safety a distinctive element of its own business and way of being, guaranteeing braking systems of the highest quality. This focus on Health and Safety is not only directed to assuring safe products, but it also applies to all People in the Group. This commitment translates into an organised Health and Safety management, which aims on the one hand to respond positively and concretely to the needs of all interested parties, and on the other to ensure increasingly healthy and safe working environments both for Brembo employees and for all those accessing the workplace for different reasons, preventing the occurrence of work-related incidents, occupational diseases and near misses. 

To guarantee the highest Health and Safety standards for its own People, Brembo has adopted an increasingly structured approach, especially with regard to workplace, starting from the assessment of risks connected with production activities. To achieve this, the Group complies with local legislative requirements in activities within its production facilities, while promoting constant dialogue with its employees and ensuring that access to all company facilities and outsourced processes takes place in a fully safe manner.

Brembo's commitment to these issues takes concrete shape in the related Health and Safety Policy, which defines the objectives, principles and commitments that the Group sets itself in this area. The document is signed by the Chairman and is subject to periodic reviews

In order to encourage a corporate culture that promotes Health and Safety and seeks continuous improvement, the Policy is adopted by all sites that are required to incorporate it into their own "Site Policy", as well as adapt the Site Policy content to the operating context based on the main risks featured on the site. 

Updated during 2020, upon the issue of the new Management System, a System that has adopted the principles of the ISO 45001 standard, the Health and Safety Policy is an integral part of the broader "Organisational, Management and Control Model". The certification of all sites according to this standard was confirmed for 2023 through special maintenance audits carried out by a third party, which revealed no significant non-conformities. 

To ensure the full and effective implementation of the Policy’s provisions, the Group voluntarily submits to regular independent third-party audits to verify that said Management System has been effectively implemented at all the different manufacturing sites. Furthermore, at local level all manufacturing sites undergo a third-party statutory audit to verify and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations in every country where the Group operates. 

The Group’s approach as part of the Health and Safety Policy entails analysing, on a plant level, potential sources of risk for its employees and putting the best solutions into place to prevent, reduce and, where possible, eliminate such risks: from appropriate handling of substances and processes to the correct operation, maintenance and control of machinery. 

The Group's commitment to overseeing workplace Health and Safety issues also reflects into a systematic approach for monitoring trends in incidents, near misses, unsafe acts and objective conditions. Based on problem solving principles, if indicators are revealed that are not in line with the pre-set objectives or critical issues inside Brembo sites, each individual plant engages in improvement plans and actions, setting up ad hoc working groups. Once the efficacy of the actions adopted has been verified, these are shared within the Group to allow all the plants to implement the same solutions promptly, if necessary. The value added of this process lies in continual search for improvement by involving all employees in collecting ideas and suggestions in the area of workplace Health and Safety.


People training on workplace health and safety

Brembo is firmly of the belief that a safe work environment goes hand-in-hand with a continuous Health and Safety training. Because of this, the Group has defined general workplace Health and Safety courses in compliance with current legislation. The courses are provided to all company personnel, with a particular focus on new recruits.

With the aim of keeping its employees updated on Health and Safety matters and promoting the observance of safe behaviours, the direct training activity was also accompanied by periodic awareness-raising initiatives, such as the "10 Life Saving Behaviours", which are designed to spread an understanding and application of the "10 Life-Saving Behaviours" with which personnel must comply in the workplace.



Open dialogue and discussion for continual improvement

Brembo pursues the goal of guaranteeing Health and Safety at work, making consultation, involvement and empowerment of workers one of the cornerstones of its actions. In fact, one of the most significant innovations in the update of the Management System during 2020 was the definition of management methods, common to the whole Group, allowing more active employee participation and consultation on H&S issues

Local Health & Safety Committees: At all Group sites, the workers and management meet at least on a half-year basis, to discuss and take decisions on open Health and Safety issues and identify specific solutions. 

- Prevention through information sharing: In order to encourage information sharing and discussion about problems, an IT portal facilitates the prompt communication and analysis of information regarding incidents, injuries or near misses at the various Group sites, improving management effectiveness and above all efficiency in preventing incidents. 

- Promoting workers’ wellbeing: Brembo’s commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of its workers has translated in 2023 as well, for the twelfth year in a row, into pursuing the achievement of the WHP “Workplace Health Promotion ” recognition.

Methods and tools supporting workers’ Health and Safety

- Communication campaign: People engagement underpins the promotion of the safety culture, which follows on from the "I am safety" campaign launched in 2019 and relaunched in 2022. In 2023, Brembo intensified efforts to raise awareness on this subject, during a second phase of the campaign. 

- Brembo World Class Manufacturing (WCM): The Brembo World Class Manufacturing programme, launched in 2022 and extended in 2023, is underway at all Brembo sites. Following the definition of reference teams for the Safety Pillar and specific training courses, projects were launched to improve working conditions and prevent risks at the Group's sites. 

- Ergonomics: The aim of the project is to anticipate the ergonomic analyses of production processes in their design phase so as to facilitate line optimisation before their construction and also prevent the risks associated with the manual handling of loads and inappropriate postures. 

- Safe behaviour project: The Safe Behaviour Project aims to identify and correct specific behaviours that have caused incidents or near misses that could be repeated in the future. 

- ‘Safety Walk’: Each plant, depending on specific local circumstances, provides for employee consultation and participation activities.

Read more about the development of these initiatives in 2023, click here.


Outsourced supplies

Aware that it does not have direct control over suppliers and even less over the work environments they use, the Group has focused its attention on structured processes with the aim of raising awareness among suppliers on Health and Safety issues, as well as accompanying and supporting them in the effective management of these aspects. In this way, the Group aims to prevent, and when this is not possible, mitigate, its impacts caused by outsourced activities. Specifically, the management process applicable to workplace Health and Safety issues is structured into three aspects:

1. communication and sharing of occupational Health and Safety standards that Brembo intends to apply to its outsourced suppliers; 

2. assessment of the ability of suppliers to apply and comply with the necessary requisites; 

3. sharing with suppliers the path designed to continuously improve performance

In line with the objective of ensuring that the Health and Safety principles are respected throughout the supply chain, Brembo uses third parties to carry out audits of suppliers in order to verify compliance with the required standards, while new suppliers are subject to a preliminary assessment to verify that they meet the minimum requirements. If the checks highlight critical situations, Brembo asks the supplier to take the necessary actions to bring the risk under control and monitors the related implementation plan.