The eighth annual Corporate Health Awards once again confirmed that the occupational health management (OHM) services offered by RAG Aktiengesellschaft in Herne rank among the best in Germany. Having already won the Excellence certificate last year, RAG was able to improve even further and take first place in the “Energy sector” category.
In its assessment, the panel of experts gave particular praise to the in-house training facilities at RAG, as well as the “exceptionally well equipped” Health and Movement Centre. In this context, the OHM specialists were also impressed by the free-of-charge services and the one-to-one on-site support. The “exemplary scope” of check-ups and regular examinations offered by the company health centre also received high praise. Representatives from the company and OHM experts from throughout Germany took part in the award ceremony, which was held in Bonn. The participants included Peter Schrimpf, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at RAG, Frank Bandow, Head of the Staff Central and Service Division, and Reiner Jung, Head of the Health Protection/Occupational Healthcare Dept. (Figure 1).
“One of the greatest challenges in phasing out Germany’s coal mining activities lies in maintaining a corporate culture that excels through good miner’s virtues like camaraderie, solidarity and hard work,” commented Schrimpf at the ceremony held in the Federal City. Occupational health management plays a key role here, as only healthy and motivated miners are capable of actively living an effective company culture.
A total of 335 companies submitted applications for this year’s Corporate Health Award, which ranks among the most famous OHM awards in Germany. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy assumed patronage for the competition organised by the Handelsblatt trade journal, TÜV Süd, EuPD Research and the ias Group. (RAG, Si.)