Occupational health and safety
LA5 Workforce represented in formal health and safety committees
Workplace well-being and work safety are regularly addressed in local-level occupational safety committees, which operate in line with local legislative requirements and represent all personnel groups. The committees exist in all our significant operating countries.
All our employees are within the sphere of occupational health care. Our occupational health care is organised in all countries of operation in accordance with local laws and regulations. We emphasise the significance of preventive activities in promoting well-being in the company as well as employee counselling for work-related or serious illnesses.
Fortum conducts regular examinations in accordance with local laws; employees who in their work are exposed to e.g. noise, dust, radiation or perform shift work are within the sphere of the examinations. Occupational health care participates also in various discussions and assessments in the work community. The occupational health care professionals support supervisors by providing information on preventive actions as well as alternatives when the ability to work decreases. Occupational health care also offers methods and tools for these situations.
In 2014, there were, on average, 2,096 (2013: 2,412)
employees in Finland within the sphere of Fortum's occupational health care. About 83% (2013: 90%) of them used Fortum's own occupational health care services and about 17% (2013: 10%) used contracted health clinics. The total costs of Fortum's own occupational health care in Finland were about EUR 0.94 (2013: 1.2) million. The occupational health care costs per person in Finland, calculated from the share paid by Fortum, were EUR 542 (2013: 569). Preventive activities accounted for 53% (2013: 45%) of occupational health care visits.
In Sweden, all employees are within the sphere of occupational health care services. 318 (2013: 439) employees used the services. Occupational health care costs in Sweden were EUR 335 per person (2013: 113). The figures for 2013 also include the joint venture Fortum Värme's data.
In Russia, employees are within the sphere of a medical expenses insurance plan and can use private medical
services. Also each production plant in Russia has a healthcare station with nursing-level first-aid services.
LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work related fatalities
In reporting injuries we comply with the principles of the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and ILO's Practices on Recording and Notification of Occupational Accidents and Diseases to the extent they conform to the legislation in Fortum's countries of operation.
Our performance in occupational safety for own personnel further improved in 2014. The lost workday injury frequency (LWIF) per million working hours for Fortum's own personnel remained at the previous year's good level of 1.0 (2013: 1.0). There were 15 (2013: 16) work-related injuries
resulting in an absence, and the country breakdown was: Finland 6, Russia 5, Poland 4. There were no injuries resulting in an absence in other countries. 13 of the injuries occurred with male employees. Two of the injuries occurred to female employees; one in Russia and one in Poland.
Fortum personnel's total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) per million working hours, which includes also minor injuries that do not lead to an absence, improved to 2.0 (2013: 2.5).
There were no work-related fatalities to own personnel during 2014. There were 6 (2013: 3) serious occupational injuries resulting in an absence of more than 30 days to own personnel. Personnel absence days resulting from work-related injuries increased compared to 2013 and was 590 days (2013: 499). In calculating lost days, the lost work days starting from the injury are counted, based on the Group instructions.
Safety management at Fortum also encompasses contractors and service providers working at Fortum sites. The LWIF per million working hours for contractors improved and was 3.2 in 2014 (2013: 3.9). There were a total of 35 (2013: 54) contractor injuries resulting in an absence. The country breakdown of contractor injuries resulting in an absence was: Russia 13, Finland 13, Sweden 6, Poland 1, Germany 1, Great Britain 1. There were no injuries resulting in an absence in other countries. All of the injuries happened to males.
The fatalities and serious injuries during the year were a big disappointment. Three work-related fatalities involving contractor employees occurred in 2014. Two were in Sweden and one in Russia, and all of the perished were men. There were 9 (2013: 10) serious injuries, i.e. resulting in an absence of more than 30 days, to contractor employees.
We strive to ensure safe and healthy work conditions for personnel and support the maintenance and development
of working capacity. The monitoring of sickness-related absences is defined at the Group-level, and the rate of absence due to sickness was 2.4% (2013: 2.5%); the rate of absence due to sickness was 2.2% (2013: 2.3%) for males and 2.9% (2013: 3.3%) for females. The sickness rate is calculated based on the reported theoretical working hours of the permanent employees. The figures for 2013 also include the joint venture Fortum Värme.
In 2014, there were 8 (2013: 4) cases of suspected occupational diseases in Finland. The suspected occupational diseases are related to noise and asbestos. One of the suspected noise-related cases has been determined to be non-occupational; investigations are still under way for the other suspected cases. All the cases of suspected occupational diseases involved males.
Joint venture Fortum Värme
In terms of safety, the joint venture Fortum Värme had a very mixed year. There were no injuries resulting in an absence for own personnel (2013: 4). The total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) per million working hours, which includes also minor injuries that do not lead to an absence, improved and was 3.7 (2013: 6.9). The lost workday injury frequency per million working hours for contractors improved in 2014 and was 10.8 (2013: 13.2). There were a total of 20 (2013: 22) contractor employee work-related injuries resulting in an absence. One of the injuries occurred to a female worker. Contractor injuries in plant maintenance work reduced clearly in 2014 to 4 (2013: 14), but the serious accidents in the CHP8 construction project were a very big disappointment. Two male employees of a contractor perished in an accident at the project work site.
Improving contractor safety
Contractor safety remains a major challenge and will continue to be a focus area in 2015. The biggest challenges are still the construction and upgrade projects in Russia and Sweden. To improve the situation, several ongoing initiatives have been extended and new development projects have been started. To emphasise the importance of contractor safety, the contractor LWIF was made a Group-wide sustainability key indicator in 2014.
Contractor safety is also more closely linked to the short-term incentive systems. In 2015, we will improve operating models for construction projects to enhance safety, and intensify the use of the contractor management model – from contractor selection to final assessment of performance.
|Key safety figures in 2012‑2014|
|Lost workday injury frequency (LWIF)1), own personnel||1.0||1.0||1.5|
|Lost workday injuries, own personnel||15||16||29|
|Lost workday injury frequency (LWIF)1), contractors||3.2||3.9||3.8|
|Lost workday injuries, contractors||35||54||57|
|Total recordable injury frequency, own personnel 2)||2.0||2.5||3.4|
|Fatalities, own personnel||0||0||0|
| 1) LWIF = Lost workday injury frequency per one million working hours|
2) TRIF = Total recordable injury frequency per one million working hours
3) Additionally two contractor fatalities in joint venture Fortum Värme
4) Includes joint venture AB Fortum Värme samägt med Stockholms Stad
|Occupational accidents, accident frequencies and absense days due to occupational accidents in 2014 by region and gender|
|Occupational accidents causing absence, men||6||0||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Occupational accidents causing absence, women||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Absence from work due to occupational accidents for men, days||80||0||257||225||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Absence from work due to occupational accidents for women, days||0||0||7||21||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Occupational accidents causing absence, men||13||6||13||1||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Occupational accidents causing absence, women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1) The number of contractor absense days due to occupational accidents not available|
|Sickness absence rate of the permanent employees in 2012‑2014|
|1) Includes joint venture AB Fortum Värme samägt med Stockholms Stad|