Occupational health and safety

Wärtsilä's occupational health and safety principles are defined in the company's QHSE policy and directive on environment, health and safety (EHS). Wärtsilä's subsidiaries are required to have a management system in use that conforms to the QHSE policy and 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 2010, 29 Wärtsilä companies had 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 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 67% 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 amount of absence due to sickness, and the frequency of accidents. There was one fatal incident during the review period. An employee of a Wärtsilä subcontractor had a fatal accident in our customer's premises in Pakistan.

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 requires actions from all Wärtsilä companies and employees. The safety performance of the companies is followed on a monthly basis. In 2010, Wärtsilä continued strong efforts to improve, consolidate and spread the safety culture. Wärtsilä has created a Safety Handbook and an E-learning training module for safety, which have been pilot tested in 2010. The positive trend in reducing lost time injuries continued, and Wärtsilä achieved a good result in 2010 with a lost time frequency index of more than 30% below that of the previous year.