Managing health, safety and environment

Valmet is committed to improving the health, safety and environmental performance of its operations and of the industries it serves. We want to provide a safe working environment and minimize the environmental impact of our operations. Our goal is zero harm.

Building safety excellence

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

Valmet’s operations are certified according to the ISO 9001 quality management system standard, the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard and the OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system specification.

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.