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Occupational health and safety

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Wärtsilä's occupational health and safety principles are defined in the Code of Conduct, the company's Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (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. At the end of 2017, 58 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system, covering roughly 87% of Wärtsilä's total workforce. Currently Wärtsilä is undergoing a transformation involving changing subsidiary management system certificates to business line specific certificates. This transformation is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

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 currently 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 the number 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 has been introduced. ZeroMindset focuses on three key elements: leadership, the shared safety mindset of individuals, and effective safety tools and practices. In 2017, the main focus of the ZeroMindset programme was on leadership and 1,542 Wärtsilä management level employees participated in face-to face “Leader in Safety, Leader in Business” workshops led by certified local facilitators throughout the Wärtsilä network. The first group to participate in this workshop was Wärtsilä’s Board of Management, followed by 19 senior business management teams.

In addition, Wärtsilä held its third global Safety Day, which took place on 10 March 2017. The theme for this event was "Stop and Care", encouraging everybody to act when observing unsafe practices. This Safety Day was a great success, with local events held in locations throughout the entire Wärtsilä network. As part of the events, employees participated in team discussions based on a web quiz and “stop and care” videos.

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