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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 2018, 57 Wärtsilä companies, covering roughly 86% of Wärtsilä's total workforce, operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system in place.

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 all 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 the safety culture, and it requires actions from all Wärtsilä companies and employees. The safety performance of each company is monitored on a monthly basis, and the results are reviewed by the Board of Management. To further strengthen Wärtsilä’s safety culture, a 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. During 2017-2018, the main focus of the ZeroMindset programme has been on leadership, and 3,200 Wärtsilä management level employees have 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 21 senior business management teams.

In addition, Wärtsilä held its fourth global Safety Day, which took place on 15 March 2018 at Wärtsilä locations all around the world. Employees spent the day learning about road traffic safety, the importance of being aware of the risks, and helping others to make safe choices when travelling on the road. This Safety Day was a great success throughout the entire Wärtsilä network.



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Lost time injury tracking and targets

Safety performance is reviewed on a monthly basis by the Board of Management, and targets are set on a yearly basis.

OSHAS 18001 Management systems

QEHS Management is certified based on the OHSAS 18001 standard within the business organisations.

Safety Flashes

Safety flash reports are lessons learned from occurred injuries and near misses, and which are distributed globally within the organisation.

Zero Injury Training

Global training consists of e-learning (4h) and a practical workshop (4h).

Management Safety walks

A leadership tool that involves holding conversations on safety with employees.

Global Safety Day

An annual safety celebration that takes place throughout the Wärtsilä network. The theme changes every year.

Stop work authority

Wärtsilä QEHS policy authorises everybody to stop work in unsafe situations.

Leader in Safety, Leader in business

A leadership safety engagement training programme for all line managers and employees who have direct impact on front line operations. Duration is for one day.


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