At Metsä Board, safety at work is an integral part of our day-to-day operations. Everyone is responsible for following instructions, identifying and reporting defects and shortcomings, and eliminating hazards. We focus on preventive work in order to identify and prevent dangerous situations before they happen.
Our goals and indicators for safety at work help us to continuously enhance our operations. At Metsä Board safety at work is managed and monitored right up to a Group-wide level and supported by our OHSAS 18001 management system for occupational health and safety.
Our goal is to reduce the number of accidents (LTA1) by 10% every year, and to keep our sickness absenteeism rate at the best European level, and below 3% at all times.
Aiming for zero accidents
Every accident at work is one too many. Metsä Board pays special attention to safety at work. Safety at work is improved by means of regular safety walks, and by systematically identifying and eliminating any safety risks. Accidents at work and near miss situations are reviewed right away, and the mills share best practices. These have helped cut the number of lost-time accidents by half at Metsä Board over the past five years.
Good examples of proactive safety work are our Kyro and Äänekoski mills, where no LTA1 level accidents happened in 2017. As of 2018, we systematically monitor and report also the severity of accidents at all our sites.
Metsä Board employees:
|Sickness absenteeism, %*||
|Work injury absenteeism, %||
|Lost-time accident frequency rate (per million worked hours)**||
*Per cent of potential working hours, **Including mills and the harbour operator
Beside the safety of our own employees, the safety of our contractors is of outmost importance. The OHSAS 18001 management system for occupational health and safety also applies to contractors, and as of the beginning of 2018, Metsä Board has started to monitor the number and severity of accidents of external service providers on our sites.
The right attitude is the key
All of our employees have the opportunity to discuss how they can address ways of working that could compromise safety in their workplace communities. In other words, everyone is responsible not only for their own safety, but also the safety of their colleagues.
In 2017, Metsä Board’s mills began deploying the 5S quality system that highlights the advantages of clean and well-organised facilities and consequently increases productivity, safety and well-being at work. The first mill to take the system into use was the Simpele mill and the objective is for the other mills to move onto the 5S system during 2018.