Relevant GRI Indicators

Note 42. Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Management systems

Our EHS management systems are audited by external agencies to ensure that they meet internationally accepted standards (ISO 14001, ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001 or equivalent) and are regularly audited internally to continually improve our operating practices. Every non-administrative Sandvik location with more than 25 people is required to have external certification within two years of commencement or acquisition. At the end of 2019, 97 percent of sites in scope were certified.

Health and Safety metrics

We utilize a wide range of leading and lagging indicators to measure safety and health performance in every Sandvik location, including Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR). Both of these indicators show long-term positive trends. In 2019, the LTIFR (LTIs per million hours worked) decreased to 1.5 (1.7), and the TRIFR (total number of injuries per million hours worked) was reduced to 3.8 (3.9). As the LTIFR gets to lower levels, Sandvik is moving towards a greater focus on TRIFR as its primary safety performance indicator. There have been no fatalities to report since 2015.

Occupational well-being

Sandvik has processes in place to record and investigate occupational illnesses to determine the root causes and develop prevention strategies.

Hazardous materials

We continually work to replace hazardous materials with less hazardous alternatives in our production or, where replacement is not an option, minimize the use of hazardous materials. We invest in new equipment and improve our processes to reduce employee exposure to hazards such as noise, dust and exposure to gases or other substances. Our products and solutions are designed with improved customer health and safety in focus, for example by reducing their exposure to chemical hazards. Our battery-driven underground mining equipment helps to alleviate the potential health impacts of diesel particulate matter and other engine emissions.

TRIFR by business area

TRIFR by business area (line chart)

LTIFR by business area

LTIFR by business area (line chart)


TRIFR and LTIFR (bar chart)

An LTI is an accident resulting in time away from work, a RWI (Restricted Work Injury) is an injury where you can be at work but you can’t perform your ordinary work, and a MTI (Medical Treatment Injury) is when you need some kind of medical treatment but can perform your normal work.