Safe and healthy workplace

In 2016, the number of work-related accidents per one million working hours was 1.9. That is almost five times lower than the comparable industry benchmark. The long-term vision is to achieve zero accidents. 

Our accident rate is five times lower than industry benchmark.

Policy and goals
All VELUX manufacturing sites are certified according to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management). The long-term vision is to reach zero accidents and incidents.

Activities
In 2016, we implemented new safety standards in production and warehousing supporting the ongoing effort to build a strong safety culture and improve our safety risk management. The new standards comprise: 

  • Employee Safety Engagement Standard strengthening employee commitment to safety.
  • Roles, Responsibilities and Safety Performance Management Standard defining key personal safety activities, authorisation and performance indicators for all employee categories.
  • Workplace Risk Assessment Standard intensifying focus on preventive actions that can mitigate risks in the daily work and in non-routine work. 

To monitor all critical safety standards, we introduced an extended internal auditing system.

We also implemented the ‘Take Care’ safety programme at all VELUX production and warehouse sites. ‘Take Care’ encourages personal commitment and team effort in safety work and is supported by a company-wide ‘Safety Hero’ campaign.


Performance

Accidents per 1 million working hours

Goal
Accidents

The Danish employers' confederation (manufacturing companies, all employees)

Lost hours due to accidents per 1000 working hours

Goal
Accidents

The Danish employers' confederation (manufacturing companies, all employees)

  • The accident frequency of 1.9 was the second lowest we have ever achieved, but the result still did not meet our ambitious target for the year of max. 1.15. Our accident frequency is almost five times lower than the comparable industry benchmark.
  • The absenteeism rate of 0.4 was the third lowest we have ever achieved, but did not meet our target for the year of max. 0.25. Our absenteeism rate is only half the hours lost compared to the industry benchmark.
  • About 60% of accidents in 2016 were caused by slipping, tripping or falling. 

Next steps 
In 2017, we aim to improve the Health, Safety and Environment performance by:

  • Safety Leadership Training
  • Improved fire risk management system with new fire standards and auditing
  • Focus on workplace ergonomics
  • Extended safety auditing to cover new standards

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