Health, safety and environment

Health, safety and environment (HSE) is one of Valmet’s sustainability focus areas. Valmet is committed to improve the health, safety and environmental performance of its operations and the industries its serves. We collaborate with customers and partners to improve HSE results and our goal is zero harm to people and environment. 

Building safety excellence 

We want to provide a safe working environment and minimize the environmental impact of our operations.  

To improve our safety performance, we focus on building a strong safety culture. This is done by developing globally aligned procedures and standards, establishing HSE as a standard item in management agenda, ensuring relevant training and continuously increasing employee awareness and personal ownership of safety.     

While Valmet is committed to providing the tools and processes needed to ensure the health and safety of its employees, all Valmet people are aware of their personal ownership for safety and the value of caring for safety in our teams. 

HSE policy 

According to Valmet’s HSE policy, compliance with applicable laws and regulations is only a minimum requirement. In addition to this, Valmet has defined minimum requirements for safety at work for high-risk activities to ensure a common safety platform across all its operations. 

Health and safety targets 

Valmet has in place a dedicated environmental efficiency program, which sets targets for energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water consumption and waste. We have also set targets for incident frequency, safety observation reporting and HSE training. 

Our goal is zero harm, and we work proactively towards the long-term targets for reducing our environmental impacts and preventing workplace injuries. 

Certified management systems 

Our operations are certified according to the ISO 9001 quality management system standard (84%), the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard (74%) and the ISO 45001 health and safety management system specification (64%). 

Our global management system supports an efficient and process-oriented way of working towards satisfaction of customer and other stakeholder expectations. All Valmet’s locations are internally audited on a regular basis, and our target is that at least 90 percent of our people work in operations certified to all three standards by 2025. 

Responsible management of chemicals and substances 

Valmet is fully committed to the goals of the European Union Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Valmet is primarily considered a downstream user and does not manufacture or import chemicals to Europe, with a few exceptions. 

Valmet actively implements precautionary and substitution principles to minimize the use of hazardous substances in our activities and to anticipate requirements from authorities. We constantly monitor ECHA’s Candidate List of Substances of Very High concern (SVHC) to ensure ongoing compliance. 

The minimum requirements that all Valmet’s global operations must fulfill are detailed in Valmet’s Exposure to Hazardous Substances standard which includes everything from the storage to labelling the hazardous substances. 

Key figures in HSE in 2020:

1,850
management safety walks
24,500
safety observations and near-miss reports
97%
coverage of safety committees
3.1
Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) for own employees