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 2016. At the end of 2016, 56 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system covering roughly 87% 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, 81% 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, the frequency of accidents and amount of near miss / hazard observation reports. Wärtsilä has set a corporate level target of achieving zero 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 was introduced in 2015. ZeroMindset will focus on three key elements: our leaders, the shared safety mindset of individuals, and effective safety tools and practices. During 2016, the EHS organisation prepared an intensive leaders´ safety engagement concept which will be rolled out at the beginning of 2017, targeting all Wärtsilä line managers. This engagement will include face-to-face training sessions and hands-on practicing at workplace.   

During 2016, 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 12,650 incidents were reported to the WeCare system in 2016, of which 91% represented proactive near miss or hazard observations. This was a 41% increase compared to 2015. More than 4,200 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 11,800 different improvement actions completed within Wärtsilä. As a new feature, a WeCare mobile app was introduced at the end of 2015 to increase reporting, especially in locations other than Wärtsilä premises. During 2016, 1580 reports were done by a mobile device.

In addition, Wärtsilä delivered its second global Safety Day, which took place on 10 March 2016. The theme for this event was "safe by choice", focusing on the most important choices you can make to protect yourself.  This Safety Day was a great success with local events being held in locations throughout the entire Wärtsilä network. As part of the events, employees participated in playing games related to safe choices at work.  


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