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Safety is one of Wärtsilä’s main values, and we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and partners wherever we operate. We emphasise safety in our drive towards zero injuries by applying high standards of occupational health and safety, and by implementing action-orientated safety programmes and practices.

Environmental, Health and Safety Management

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 both 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 2019, 55 Wärtsilä companies, representing roughly 82% of Wärtsilä's total workforce, were operating with a certified occupational health and safety management system in place.

In addition to the management system, Wärtsilä companies also 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, 85% 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 Wärtsilä Board of Management.

Safety measures in 2019

In the beginning of 2019, the Board of Management initiated an Xcel Safety 2021 programme and set the challenging target of cutting Lost Time Injury Frequency by 50% by the end of 2021. The main drivers for this safety programme are the introduction of action-driven safety management practices, boosting the company´s safety culture, and empowering Wärtsilä’s safety network. As a practical step during 2019, 3,900 employees participated in a “Champions in Safety” training programme to enhance their personal risk awareness, and to take concrete actions to prevent accidents. Implementation of the training continues in 2020. In 2019, Wärtsilä also conducted a global safety culture survey aimed at initiating team discussion and action planning on different organisational levels.


In addition, Wärtsilä held its fifth global Safety Day on 14 March 2019 at Wärtsilä locations all around the world. The objective of the Safety Day event was to re-enforce Wärtsilä’s life-saving rules, and to empower our people to act if they see behaviour that is inconsistent with the rules.

Introduced activity


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 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.

Xcel Safety 2021

The Xcel Safety 2021 programme sets the challenging target of cutting the Lost Time Injury Frequency by 50% by the end of 2021. The programme has new elements, such as action-orientated safety management, actions to boost a positive safety culture, and empowerment of the safety network.



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