Safety

Safety is our number one priority. Anyone who works or visits our company premises - employees, contractors and visitors - has a right to a safe and healthy environment. We believe that all accidents are preventable, and therefore strive towards a goal of zero accidents.

Safety is one of our strategic targets or must-win battles. The goal is to create standardized and disciplined approach to safety that correlates with improved quality and operational efficiency, leading to a top decile position in the industry. Safety and health statistics are reported in a common reporting systems, and internal safety audits are done at all major production sites. Outokumpu employees and contractors are encouraged to report all the hazards and near-misses they encounter in the workplace and the follow-up of proactive safety indicators continued to be a focus for Outokumpu’s operational management.

The definitions follow an internal standard which is based on external intrnational standards, and injury rates and the rate of proactive actions are reported per million working hours. Proactive safety actions include near-miss reports, hazard reports, safety behavioural observations and other preventive safety actions. The key indicator in safety is total recordable incidents per million working hours (TFIR). TFIR includes lost-time incidents, fatalities, restricted work incidents and medically treated incident, but excludes first-aid treated incidents.

Safety in 2016

In 2016, TFIR or total recordable incidents per million working hour was 8.7 against the target of 12. Lost-time injuries per million working hours or LTIFR decreased to 2.2 from 3.0 in 2015 and was below the target of 2.5. The reporting of proactive safety actions continued to be a focus, and the frequency of proactive safety actions per million working hours increased to 3,013.7 from 2,989.6 in the past year.  

All figures related to safety and health
 

Health and well-being at work

Health activities at Outokumpu focus on improving working environment and monitoring employee health using a variety of occupational health checks, fitness checks and systematic occupational hygiene measurements. The number of occupational diseases diagnosed in the Group increased in 2016. There were four occupational diseases diagnosed against one in 2015, all in Europe for own employees. The total absentee rate remained the same at 4.1%.

We want every employee to return home safely after their work shift. Health and wellbeing of our employees are important preconditions for the success of our day-to-day operations and long-term competitiveness. Our production locations promote and support exercise activities and sponsor voluntary wellness programs to help our workforce to foster their well-being and to help them to ensure their health. We also offer various health examinations - for example in Finland blue-collar workers have health checks every third and white-collar workers every fifth year.

Read more in our latest Sustainability Review