Occupational health and safety

Our occupational safety culture provides that occupational safety is always set to the first priority together with nuclear safety.

The occupational safety culture of an organization includes all the values, practices and procedures adopted by the organization that play a role in controlling and defining the organization's occupational safety. It refers to the organization's way of treating all matters related to the employees' safety, health, continuing ability to work, and well-being. 

The zero-accident principle

Fennovoima follows the zero-accident principle, and the company’s whole personnel participates in ensuring occupational health and safety. In our working community, the objective is to create a shared mindset where safety is everybody's business and all employees understand thoroughly the importance of occupational safety culture.

Fennovoima’s occupational health and safety concept covers the entire subcontracting chain, and we require commitment to the zero-incident principles from everyone working at the construction site. Fennovoima is establishing and overseeing the work site safety regulations in cooperation with the plant supplier and main contractors of the construction site.

Managing risks

An efficient risk management process and reacting proactively to detected risks play a key role in creating a safe working environment for all workers at the construction site. Comprehensive, regularly assessed risk management processes and active reporting of safety observations form an important part of preventive management of occupational health and safety.

Currently, the work at the plant site is regular construction work and civil engineering work, and there are not any operations which have high incident or disease risks. However, in future the construction work will include several tasks where the risk of incidents is augmented, such as working in confined spaces and tunnels, or working at high altitude or underwater. Fennovoima constantly monitors the situation at the plant site, and we guide and train our personnel and partners to obey common safety procedures and guidelines.

Right knowledge and skills

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

Everyone working in the Hanhikivi 1 project has the responsibility to intervene in improper operations and report immediately near misses, accidents and other concerns related to health and safety. We take immediate action to minimize or eliminate any risk factors identified.

Occupational safety training

Occupational safety is promoted at the Hanhikivi 1 site, in particular, by active training of contractors. Since the beginning of the construction work, Fennovoima has trained all people working at the site by site access training. Also, other on-site training methods have been used.

For example, Toolbox talks is a short on-site training about topical occupational health and safety issues that is held for the contractors approximately once in a month. The training material is given to contractors, who then give the training to their own workers.

As the project progresses, Fennovoima will organize a number of training courses for those working at the site. For example, first aid, occupational safety card and hot work card training has already been organized.

Occupational health and safety development

During 2016, the occupational health and safety management systems of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site, including Fennovoima’s OHS management system and those of plant supplier RAOS Project and main contractor Titan-2, have been developed to correspond with the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 standard.

We were 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 site operators’ commitment to continuous improvement of occupational safety.

The development of the occupational health and safety management system continues in 2017. In addition, new occupational health and safety training for supervisors at the plant site will be launched. Also, new practices to supervise contractors’ working at the plant site will be implemented.

Targets and objectives

Fennovoima has defined long-term occupational health and safety objectives, and targets that are expected to be filled every year. Occupational safety targets are updated each year when operations change and evolve.

Precise indicators are specified for each target area, and performance in those areas is monitored by the OHS Manager, who reports weekly to the Construction Director and monthly to the Management Team of Fennovoima.

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Safety observations

521 safety observations were reported from the Hanhikivi 1 site.
185 observations were made from Fennovoima's scope of work and 
336 from the EPC scope.

Safety observations were made 2.7 observations per person (target > 1observation/person/year). An observation reporting system was established in August 2015.

Occupational accidents at the construction site 3 occupational accidents leading to absence* happened for the contractors (2015: 6). A total of 9 working days were lost as a result of these accidents (2015: 66)

The average Severity of Lost Time accidents, fatalities and the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)** 

The average severity of Lost Time accidents was 3 working days (2015: 11).  There were no fatalities (2015: 0). LTIFR was 8.08

Occupational diseases No occupational diseases were identified (2015: 0)
Investigations of the occupational accidents and near miss situations

100 % off occupational accidents (3) were investigated within 7 days (2015: 100 %)
3 out of 5 near miss situations were handled within two days, and all near miss situations were appropriately handled.

TR and MVR occupational health and safety measurement index The target level of  > 90 % was achieved 123/129 times. Measurements were carried out every week in every construction site at the Hanhikivi 1 project area.

* a) First-aid level injuries are not included in the IR; b) fatalities are included in the IR; c) lost day indicates 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 accident day 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 accident per million worked hour. A lost time accident is an accident that causes at least one work shift absence from work.