Health and safety

At a fire drill at the Tampere site in Finland in November, a widespread machine fire was simulated. The fire was extinguished and the evacuation was done within minutes for all 800 employees on site.

Health and safety has the highest priority at Sandvik. Our vision is “Zero Harm to our people, our customers, our suppliers and the environment we work in”. This means that everyone should go home from Sandvik in at least the same condition as they arrived in.

We have reduced the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for seven years in a row and the Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) for four years in a row – both to all-time lows. Sandvik’s health and safety work is in compliance with all relevant legislation, and strives to go beyond compliance to ensure the best performance for both our employees and our customers.

Maintaining a strong health and safety culture requires continuous vigilance and effort. Sandvik’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management system provides us with a structured approach to help us achieve our health and safety vision. Reports are produced every month to monitor health and safety in every part of our organization so we can take corrective action where needed.

Our health and safety activities are based on Sandvik’s EHS Policy and Group EHS Objectives. Each business area works to meet these objectives according to their own plans, including activities to reduce the number of work-related injuries and illnesses. Targets are set year on year to drive performance for the Group, Business Areas and Product Areas.

Our management systems are audited by external agencies to ensure that they meet internationally accepted standards (OHSAS 18001 or equivalent) and are regularly audited internally to continually improve our operating practices.

Mind on safety

A safe and healthy workplace requires a strong culture and the Sandvik EHS Council shares best practices across the Group to maintain a “people caring for people” mindset at all times.

Our employee survey results from 2016 indicate that there is strong belief among our employees that our safety culture is supporting our EHS Vision. A key factor is that our leaders “walk the talk” when it comes to health and safety. In all business areas, for example, leaders must commit to three personal EHS Leadership Behaviors. These behaviors are monitored and measured.

Safety is a top priority for employees at the Sandvik facility in Kumasi, Ghana.

Performance in 2017

Sandvik utilizes a wide range of indicators to measure its safety and health performance, including Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate. Since 2012, Sandvik has also been measuring the Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate as a group-wide safety performance indicator. Both of these indicators are showing long-term positive trends.

The target for 2017 was to achieve an LTIFR of 1.4. At year-end the LTIFR for the Group was 1.6 (1.7).

Employee well-being

Our culture and working environment should also support the well-being of our employees. All of our sites implement health and well-being programs that are selected by the local workforce. These programs address a wide range of issues from mental health to fitness and nutrition.

Surveys are conducted to ensure that the programs continue to meet the needs of the workforce. The main conclusion from this year's survey was that awareness about our health and well-being programs needs to increase. Roughly one third of the surveyed population said they did not know about the programs, whether or not they are adapted to local needs or if they are effective. The remaining respondents said the programs were adapted to local needs (94%) and they perceived them as effective (84%).

Occupational illness and hazardous materials

Sandvik records and investigates occupational illnesses to determine their causes and develop prevention strategies. The increasing incidence of work-related mental health issues is causing concern for many communities around the world. Sandvik has already begun developing and implementing education and awareness campaigns to address this concern.

Sandvik continually works to replace hazardous materials with less hazardous options, and to invest in new equipment and improve processes to reduce employee exposure to hazards such as noise, dust and exposure to gases or other substances. We also help customers improve their health and safety through solutions and products that reduce exposure to the same hazards.

Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)

Lost Time injuries (LTI) and LTIFR