Occupational health and safety

Wärtsilä’s occupational health and safety principles are defined in 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, providing written instructions, the use of protective equipment and the continuous improvement of occupational health and safety performance. At the end of 2011, 33 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified occupational health and safety management system. These certified occupational health and safety management systems cover roughly 73% of Wärtsilä’s total workforce.

The objective of Wärtsilä’s QHSE policy is to prevent and manage health and safety risks to the personnel and stakeholders. In addition to the management system, Wärtsilä companies apply occupational health and safety programmes as required by local legislation, which are normally implemented by occupational health and safety committees consisting of representatives of the companies’ management and personnel. Accidents are recorded and investigated in the manner required by local legislation. Altogether 71% 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. In 2011, Wärtsilä continued strong efforts to improve, consolidate and spread the safety culture. Wärtsilä issued a “Safety Starts with you” video in 12 languages, and a global safety handbook was distributed to Wärtsilä companies. Wärtsilä also started a practice of sharing the lessons learned of incidents which have happened within the global network.

The positive trend in reducing lost time injuries continued, and Wärtsilä achieved a good result in 2011 with a lost time frequency index of 19.3%, below that of the previous year. Wärtsilä regrets to report one fatal occupational accident during the review period. A Wärtsilä employee had a fatal accident in our customer´s premises in India. During the reporting period two warnings were received. Wärtsilä Australia received an Improvement Notice because of a missing guard rail at a power plant site. Wärtsilä BLRT Lietuva received a warning concerning ergonomic aspects missing from a risk assessment. Both companies have taken the necessary actions.

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