Occupational health and safety

Wärtsilä's occupational health and safety principles are defined in the Code of Conduct, the company's QEHS policy, and in the directive on environment, health, and safety (EHS). Wärtsilä's subsidiaries are required to have a management system in place that conforms to the QEHS policy and the EHS directive. The main aspects of the management system relate to compliance with legislation, identifying and minimising occupational health and safety risks, personnel training, implementing effective health and safety programmes and instructions, recording and investigating occurred incidents, and the continual improvement of occupational health and safety performance. The number of Wärtsilä subsidiaries with OHSAS 18001 certification increased during 2015. As at the end of 2015, 48 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system covering roughly 79% of Wärtsilä's total workforce.

In addition to the management system, Wärtsilä companies apply occupational health and safety programmes as required by local legislation. These are normally developed by occupational health and safety committees made up of company management and personnel representatives. Altogether, 78% of Wärtsilä companies have an occupational health and safety committee.

The indicators used to measure occupational health and safety performance include the number of accidents, the time of absence due to sickness, and the frequency of accidents. Wärtsilä has set a corporate level target of achieving zero lost time injuries. This target is a long-term commitment from the company to strengthen a safety culture, and it requires actions from all Wärtsilä companies and employees. The safety performance of the companies is monitored on a monthly basis and the results are reviewed by the Board of Management. To further strengthen Wärtsilä’s safety culture, a new global programme known as ZeroMindset has been introduced. ZeroMindset will focus on three key elements: our leaders, the shared safety mindset of individuals, and effective safety tools and practices.

During 2015, Wärtsilä continued expanding its proactive WeCare programme. WeCare is a global software and way of working for reporting and investigating near misses, hazards, and accidents. A total of 8,960 incidents were reported to the WeCare system in 2015, of which 88% represented proactive near miss or hazard observations. More than 3,820 Wärtsilä employees took part in the process of reporting, investigating, and action handling through WeCare, which indicates a good acceptance and communication of the system. As a final result, incident investigations resulted in 6,150 different improvement actions completed within Wärtsilä. As a new feature, a WeCare mobile app was introduced in 2015 to increase reporting, especially in locations other than Wärtsilä premises.

In 2015, Wärtsilä continued the global Zero Injury training programme comprising a 4-hour e-learning and 4-hour practical training session. The target group for the training consists of Wärtsilä's front-line personnel working in factories, workshops, and customer premises. The e-learning has been translated into 11 major languages in order to ensure effective training in different countries. Since the implementation period started in 2012, a total of 8,940 employees have completed the e-learning, and 5,100 employees the practical training. During 2015, the amount of participants in practical training increased by 2,000. As a new element, zero injury e-learning for office personnel was introduced so as to have full coverage for this training.

In addition, Wärtsilä introduced its first global Safety Day, which took place on the 10 March 2015. The theme for this event was "save your fingers", as hand injuries represent over 40% of Wärtsilä's lost time injuries. This first Safety Day was a great success with local events being held in locations throughout the entire Wärtsilä network. As part of the event, employees put their hand prints to banners to commit themselves to saving their fingers.

Wärtsilä’s QEHS policy was revised in 2015 to clearly state that employees are authorised to stop work if conditions are unsafe.

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