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 use 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 coverage of OHSAS 18001 certifications in Wärtsilä subsidiaries increased during 2014. At the end of 2014, 48 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system. These certified occupational health and safety management systems cover roughly 81% of Wärtsilä's total workforce.
In addition to the management system, Wärtsilä companies apply occupational health and safety programmes as required by local legislation, which are normally developed by occupational health and safety committees consisting of representatives of the companies' management and personnel. 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 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 in the Board of Management.
As a main proactive action in 2014, Wärtsilä introduced WeCare, a global software for reporting and investigating near misses, hazards and accidents. The new reporting approach was successfully implemented in local subsidiaries. A total of 5,077 incidents were reported into the WeCare system in 2014, of which 86% represented proactive near miss or hazard observations. Over 2,800 Wärtsilä employees took part in the process of reporting, investigation and action handling through WeCare, which indicates a good acceptance and communication of the new system. As a final result, incident investigations resulted in 3,342 different improvement actions completed within Wärtsilä.
In 2014, Wärtsilä has continued the global Zero Injury training programme comprised of 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 various countries. Over 1,200 employees completed the e-learning and over 2,000 the practical training during 2014. Since the implementation period started in 2012, a total of 8,200 employees have now completed the e-learning and 3,100 employees the practical training.