José Luis Sánchez Domínguez, Chairman of Sando
The 4th National Health and Safety in the Construction industry Gathering, organized by Sando Foundation, in conjunction with the Department for Risk Prevention and the RSC at Malaga University’s Technical Engineering College, has dealt with three extremely important matters relating to Occupational Risk Prevention:
International rules relating to safety aspects of portable machinery and equipment, the current post-crisis situation with regard to prevention, and Spanish Health and Safety Strategies from 2014 to 2020.
Present at the inauguration of the day-long discussions were: the principal of Malaga University, Adelaida de la Calle; Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre; the Junta de Andalusia’s Director General for Occupational Health and Safety, Francisco Javier Zambrana, and the Chairman of Sando, José Luis Sánchez Domínguez.
The talks began with a few words from the Chairman of Sando, José Luis Sánchez Domínguez, who recalled that this year is the 40th Anniversary of the company’s foundation and emphasized the importance of prevention issues at Sando. “Prevention is one of those issues where you just cannot make cuts, because the company’s most important asset, human resources, depends on health and safety.
Francisco Javier Zambrana stressed the need for companies and institutions to join forces in issues of health and safety and to change the way in which health and safety functions in the construction sector:
“It is vital for construction to grow once more for the country’s economic recovery and we must be prepared to take new risks which will inevitably come with change".
After that, the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, revealed how much effort has been put into providing services via the Town Council and how much progress they have made with regard to the safety of their workers: “everything we do with regard to prevention issues is just a small amount and we have to keep working at it constantly".
The Principal of Malaga University, Adelaida de la Calle, pointed out that society must get together to help in prevention issues: “we have reached a crucial moment in time, both in the public as well as the private sector, and it is vital to bring together institutions and businesses, such as we have seen today at these talks focusing on prevention issues. And, we are delighted that some of the students have come along to listen to the talks, as they are our future”.
The first round table discussions focussing on international rules relating to the safety of portable equipment in the construction industry saw Ricardo Zubiría de Castro, Head of Operations and Technology for Health and Safety at Work at AENOR Andalusia, express his point of view about quality in the field of prevention.
Francisco Godoy Sánchez, Technical Co-ordinator for Health and Safety Management of the Urban Planning Department in Malaga, then explained the difficulties involved in health and safety issues with regard to project management and co-ordination.
At the round-table, Jesús Crespo Curado, Head of Technical Services and Coordination at SSL from the Agency for the Environment and Water in Andalusia, highlighted the huge variety and complexity of work carried out for the authorities in order for all companies to comply with legislation relating to prevention. To conclude, José Vicente Máñez, director of Technical Activities at Unipresalud, put forward the views of other prevention services with regard to this matter.
The crisis and the role of prevention in light of this situation was the focus of the second of the round-table talks in which Francisco Carbonero, Secretary General of CCOO Andalucía, began by commenting on the relationship between companies and trade unions, which even though they appear to be at opposite ends, actually do possess the same objective, which is to look out for workers´ safety. “Occupational risk prevention can never be considered an expense, but rather an investment”. Also, José Manuel Rodríguez Saucedo, Assistant Secretary General of MCA Andalucía at UGT, emphasized the loss of quality in prevention issues due to the crisis.