Health and safety
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.