Occupational health and safety

Fennovoima follows the zero-accident principle – and the occupational health and safety concept covers the entire subcontracting chain. 

Our practices

Commitment to the zero-accident principle is required from everyone working in the project. Occupational safety and nuclear safety are the top priorities.

Related to the zero-accident principle, Fennovoima has set three goals for occupational health and safety management. These goals are: providing a healthy and safe working environment for all, having a strong occupational safety culture, and maintaining an efficient risk management system.

Fennovoima's responsible bodies at different levels of the organization participate in decision-making on occupational safety and bear their own responsibility for occupational safety management.

Occupational health and safety (OHS) performance is monitored by the OHS Manager, who reports weekly to the Construction Director and monthly to the Management Team of Fennovoima.


Providing a healthy and safe working environment

Fennovoima is establishing and overseeing the project site safety regulations in cooperation with the plant supplier and project supervisors of the construction site. During the year, OHS tasks and daily responsibilities between Fennovoima, RAOS Project and Titan-2 have been clarified.

We also focused on developing the cooperation practices with the site contractors and creating a good safety culture at the Hanhikivi 1 site. As the project owner, Fennovoima requires the operators at the site to commit to continuously improving occupational safety.

OHSAS 18001 certification

Fennovoima’s occupational health and safety management system received OHSAS 18001 certification in February, and during the year it was further improved to be more easily readable and functional. Also, RAOS Project and Titan-2 have received OHSAS 18001 certification for their OHS management systems for the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. During 2018, Fennovoima will update its OHS management system to meet the requirements of the new ISO 45001 standard.

Reviews and inspections

The members of the Fennovoima Management Team conducted two occupational health and safety reviews at the project site, as planned. Daily practices at the project site have also been developed and improved. A new Hazard Hunt procedure was implemented at the project site. The Hazard Hunt procedure means targeted thematic inspections that focus, for instance, on all lifting accessories or all storage locations for chemicals on the project site. The inspection findings are reported, and required remedial measures are indicated to the contractors.

In addition, alcohol testing at the site and a sanctions procedure for occupational safety violations were implemented at the project site. In the case of a violation, first a verbal warning is given; if necessary, it is followed with a written warning; and ultimately with withdrawal of the site access permit for a fixed period or permanently.

Contractor OHS inspections, a way to ensure that the contractors fulfil the regulatory requirements, were first implemented in 2016 and fully in use from the beginning of 2017. A total of nine inspections by the authorities were conducted in 2017, and one non-compliance concerning activities of a sub-contractor was received. The sub-contractor conducted the required improvement and the non-compliance was closed.

No lost-time accidents

During 2017, a total of 554,557 working hours were recorded at the construction site, and there were no lost-time accidents. Four workers received medical aid after small injuries, but they did not result in any absence from work.

Even though the safety culture at the project site is good, further improvements will be made during 2018, when a larger variety of safety inspections will be conducted, and communication about occupational health and safety will be developed as the extranet to the project site will be implemented and info screens will be taken into use.

occupational accidents 2017 2016
Occupational accidents leading to absence* 0 3
Lost work days 0 9
Average severity of accidents (in work days) 0 3
Lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)** 0 8.08
TR & MVR index (target: Our minimum requirement level 90% achieved 100% of the measurements) 99 times out of 105 measurements (94%) 123 times out of 129 (95%)
Fatalities 0 0

a) First-aid-level injuries are not included in the IR; b) fatalities are included in the IR; c) “lost day” indicates the loss of one full work shift; d) “days” means scheduled work days; e) count begins from the day after the accident (one full work shift). If the injured person is treated on the day of the accident and he/she returns to work on the next day, the injury is reported as a first-aid case. **LTIFR is calculated by number of lost-time accidents per million hours worked. A lost-time accident is an accident that causes an absence from work of at least one work shift.

Strong occupational safety culture

We are committed to ensuring that everyone working on the Hanhikivi 1 project has the required knowledge and skills regarding safe working methods and best safety practices, and that they use personal protective equipment.

Occupational safety is promoted at the Hanhikivi 1 site, in particular, by active training of contractors. During 2017, three safety training courses for the construction site superiors were held, and 11 Toolbox Talk training materials and eight Safety Flash info sheets were published.

Since the beginning of the construction work, Fennovoima has trained all people working at the site with site access training. At the end of the year, altogether 2299 (791 in 2017) people had received the training.

Safety Notices

Safety Notices are occupational safety-related observations made at the project site. We encourage our employees to make these notices and report them to further develop the occupational safety culture. Fennovoima had an average of 28 employees at the site during the year, and our target of an average of two Safety Notices per member of Fennovoima’s personnel per year was exceeded.

The observations vary from traffic jams to internal fire inspections and the use of personal protective equipment. Positive observations were also made and reported. Our target is to begin handling of observations within two days, to define a corrective action plan within seven days, and to conduct corrective actions within the given timetable. This target was achieved 57 out of 75 times.

During 2018, the safety observation practices and analysis of the observations will be further developed.

Safety notices 2017 2016
Reported observations at the project site 627 observations, of which Fennovoima reported 102 (87 concerning owner’s scope and 15 concerning EPC scope) 521
Average of Fennovoima personnel per person (target in 2017 >2 and in 2016 >1) 3.6 2.7

 


Maintaining an effective risk management system

Fennovoima has established occupational health and safety monitoring and inspection practices, which are continuously improved and extended. Comprehensive, regularly assessed risk management processes and active reporting of safety observations form an important part of preventive management of occupational health and safety. Risk assessments are done before every work.All contractors working under Fennovoima’s scope of work follow a comprehensive risk assessment and management procedure that is based on Fennovoima’s risk register and ensures that the risk assessments are uniform and meet the required level. Fennovoima’s risk register is updated four times a year.

The plant supplier RAOS Project and main contractor Titan-2 use similar assessment and management practices.

Identified risks are also communicated to the contractors and the project site workers with Toolbox Talk training materials or Safety Flash info sheets that describe the identified risks and best practices to avoid these risks.

As we want to continuously improve our operations, the development of risk management processes will also continue during 2018.

Occupational health and safety risk management 2017 2016
Risk assessments conducted 100% 100%
Occupational diseases No No
Investigations of the occupational accidents and near-miss situations There were no accident investigations as no lost-time accidents occurred. 100% of occupational accidents (3) were investigated within 7 days.
Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation No No