Health and safety at work


Occupational risk prevention is a priority at the Institut Guttmann, which is why the institute has its own Prevention Service which deals with the three technical specialties (Ergonomics and Psychosociology, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety), and has outsourced the speciality of Health Security to ASPY which is a suitably accredited prevention service. Professional contingencies, workplace accidents and professional sickness are covered by Mutua Universal, mutual workplace accident insurance recognised by the Spanish Social Security agency. The principles that govern occupational risk prevention are defined in the institute’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.

The Institut Guttmann carries out regulatory compliance audits on its occupational risk prevention every two years. The last audit was carried out in February 2021 by the company TÜV Rheinland, and the next one will be on 2023.

The management of the Covid-19 pandemic has once again marked the activity of the Health and Safety Area at different levels. During this exercise, infected professionals and/or close contacts were supported during the COVID-19 healthcare process. Detailed information has been provided to the professional throughout the process in relation to COVID-19, informing about protection and isolation measures, communicating the results of diagnostic tests, as well as resolving doubts and individual incidents. 1,963 PCRs and TARs have also been managed for professionals, externs and staff in training; and vaccination management with a total of 215 doses.

Although the Institut Guttmann works intensively on the prevention of accidents, the total number of accidents with leave during the year 2022 was 8, of which 4 correspond to en route accidents and 4 to minor work accidents with come down The distribution of accidents with leave is as follows:

Drop to the same level10350
Drop to different level1060
Overexertion / incorrect gestures10460
Hits with immovable objects1050

The analysis and investigation of incidents and accidents is another key risk prevention activity in order to determine their causes and establish improvement actions to prevent them from happening again. For the Institut Guttmann it is very important to properly manage psychosocial risks, which is why periodic psychosocial studies are carried out and actions are established to improve the working climate.


In the last quarter of 2022, with the aim of improving working conditions, a participatory process was initiated to change the chairs of professionals from different areas (Medical Area, Nursing, ISMA, Information Services, ECOFIN, HR, Research /Teaching, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology) that work with Data Visualization Screens (PVDs). Two models of chairs were tested, which had been preselected by the Risk Prevention Area, and later a vote was held to choose the model that best suited the needs of the users. The new model was implemented during the first quarter of 2023.

With regard to medical examinations, 185 periodic medical examinations were carried out last year. On the other hand, 19 reports of medical examinations of new additions were also carried out; 2 risk assessments during pregnancy and 7 recognitions for reinstatement after prolonged absence.

One of the key activities in relation to monitoring health is medical check-ups, which are classified as follows:

• Regular medical check-ups. They are carried out annually on all professionals.

•Initial medical check-ups. They are carried out on new staff members.

• Medical check-ups when returning to work after prolonged sick leave. They are carried out on professionals who have been off sick for a long period of time. Any possible limitations that the professional may have and that may limit them in performing their job are assessed.

• Special medical check-ups. Medical check-ups that arise due to specific cases.


The Health and Safety Committee of the Institut Guttmann is formed by six members, three of whom are prevention delegates representing the company’s Board and the other three who represent the organisation. The main objective of the committee is to promote risk prevention and ensure the compliance of professional staff members with health and safety principles.


The Institut Guttmann always demands reciprocal honesty in its commercial relations, full respect for current regulations and, in particular, that which refers to the compulsory hiring of people with disabilities; also relevant are those that refer to the protection of children, environmental protection and labour protection.

Our organisation carries out the business coordination of all the activities carried out by third parties in its facilities as established in the regulations and with the aim of ensuring the safety and health of all professionals and avoiding transferring risks between activities, which may be aggravated or modified or which may cause new risks to appear when activities take place concurrently or simultaneously. To comply in this area, the Institut Guttmann collaborates with an external platform of recognised prestige.