work safety

Preventive measures to improve safety at work


 At Metsä Group, safety at work is an integral part of day-to-day management. Everyone is responsible for following instructions, identifying defects and shortcomings and eliminating the causes of hazards. We focus on preventive work in order to identify and prevent dangerous situations.

Our goals and indicators for safety at work support us in continuously developing our operations. At Metsä Group, safety at work is managed and monitored Group-wide. Our target is to reduce the number of accidents by 10% every year.

Zero accidents!

Our performance in 2015 was excellent: accidents (as LTA1 fr.) decreased by 15% year-on-year. Our long-term goal continues to be zero accidents.

Metsä Tissue's Düren mill in Germany has operated over 1,000 days without accidents. At Metsä Wood, there has been a 47% decrease in lost-time accidents (LTA1) in the past year. Safety at work is improved by means of regular safety walks and by systematically observing any safety risks.

We provide all of our employees and subcontractors working at our mills with induction training in safe ways of working.

The right attitude is key

We have launched a development programme to provide all supervisors with the knowledge and skills to address any working methods used by employees that compromise safety at work. All employees also have the opportunity to discuss how they can address ways of working that compromise safety in their workplace communities. In other words, everyone is responsible for not only their own safety, but also that of their colleagues.

Well-being at work through good leadership

At Metsä Group, promoting and maintaining well-being at work and working capacity is based on preventive measures. Our goal is to identify threats to working capacity at an early stage and take systematic measures in a timely manner. We aim to improve long-term health throughout entire careers.

Good management lays the foundation for well-being at work and healthy workplace communities. Common practices and systems support management and job satisfaction.