In Germany, Bosch is testing local clouds in cooperation with Nokia and Deutsche Telekom that will enable fast car-to-car communication. Thanks to improved connectivity, information on traffic conditions beyond the driver’s and the vehicle’s field of vision can be made available in time. Bosch has also developed a solution, which assists in the event of an accident: in Hungary, Bosch has provided software for emergency call centers and training for 600 firefighters. Within seconds, specialists receive the vehicle’s technical details and valuable information on the state of the car’s battery. Locating the battery and protecting passengers from being electrocuted is one of the first and most important tasks that emergency crews carry out.
In 2016, Bosch launched the global “Safety Basics” initiative. Safety experts developed six easy-to-remember principles (see below) that aim to help supervisors further reduce the number of workplace accidents. For instance, the first principle, “in everything we do, safety considerations are essential,“ underlines that the topic needs to be at the center of all processes. The fourth principle, “we look out for one another’s safety,” shows that the safety of all team members is just as important as personal safety. The six rules have been made an integral part of Bosch’s occupational safety standards. The aim is for safety to become a part of everyday management culture and of standard processes. At the same time, accidents that have been narrowly avoided should be carefully analyzed, and lessons learned should be shared with colleagues. Locations were free to implement the “Safety Basics,” which they considered appropriate and in some instances even came up with creative approaches. The Bosch plant in Moulins, France, shot a video to illustrate each principle in practice. At the Jaipur location in India, an info day on the subject of safety was held at the end of March: machines at the site were turned off, and safety measures were demonstrated not only to associates, but also to their families. Associates at the Automotive Electronics division in Germany supported the initiative with a tongue-in-cheek poster campaign that featured images of animals. And the Chassis Systems Control division in China took a 360-degree approach: steering committees were established at all locations that focus exclusively on occupational safety. At seminars, supervisors learned how to be role models and spark their associates’ enthusiasm for the subject of safety in the workplace. Moreover, safety is now at the top of the agenda at every meeting and is part of every inspection.
Bosch also passes on its expertise in the area of occupational safety. In the United States, 175 students at South Carolina’s Vocational Career Technology Center completed safety training. In cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bosch associates at the Anderson location provided insights into the company’s internal safety standards. Safety experts also taught students to recognize and assess hazards, which is decisive in reducing risks to associate safety.