Outokumpu strives consciously toward a company culture where all decisions and activities result from our safety principles, set out below:
- Safety before volume: safety takes priority over all other activities, including production.
- Safety starts with me: we are all responsible for our own safety and caring for the safety of our colleagues.
- No shortcuts: we will follow procedures and evaluate risks before we act.
- No repeats: we will investigate all incidents and take actions to prevent re-occurrence, anywhere.
The ultimate goal for Outokumpu remains zero accidents, with an underlying management philosophy to continuously improve our safety practices to ensure that Outokumpu is an industry leader in safety. Significant improvements have been made to allow a step change in safety performance over the last three years. However, opportunities for further development still exist across the Group. One action responding to this demand is the decision to follow the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard at all main production sites.
In 2017, Outokumpu overachieved the safety target, and our total recordable incident frequency rate (TFIFR, per million working hours) was 4.4. compared to the target of less than 8.0. In absolute terms, it marks a 52% improvement from the previous year.