Finnish Institute of Occupational Health media release 26 April 2023
110 workplaces received an occupational safety level classification, which is more than ever before.
“The purpose of the Zero Accident Forum is the long-term development of occupational safety. It is wonderful to see that, despite the global uncertainties, workplaces have found the resources to work towards the improvement of occupational safety,” says Anna Melleri, Director of Risk Management at VR Group. Melleri also chairs the steering group for the Zero Accident Forum.
A culture of care facilitates the development of occupational safety
It has been observed that co-operation, an open culture of dialogue and responsibility over employees and colleagues helped yield good results in the workplaces that received the safety level classification. These workplaces have in common a genuine commitment to the development of occupational safety.
“The workplaces that received the safety classification include workplaces from all industrial sectors. The workplaces have internalized the concept that occupational safety is not there to make things more difficult but rather something that makes for a good daily life for everyone as part of everyday work,” says Tiina-Mari Monni, Product Manager at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and Director of the Zero Accident Forum.
Investing in occupational safety also yields concrete results. In 2022, the average number of accidents at Finnish workplaces amounted to 26 accidents per one million working hours. At the member workplaces of the Zero Accident Forum, the average accident frequency was 9.2 per one million working hours.
Occupational safety thinking brings people together
This year, the Zero Accident Forum celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Forum currently includes 523 member workplaces.
“It is fantastic that, even after 20 years, occupational safety thinking is considered important at workplaces. Matters of occupational safety concern all of us, as they are aimed at improving Finnish work life as a whole. Nowadays, the Forum’s operations are even more active, and the increased number of member workplaces has also allowed regional operations,” says Maija-Leena Merivirta, Senior Specialist at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and Co-ordinator of the Zero Accident Forum.
The Zero Accident Forum will organize an open anniversary seminar on Tue, 23 May, and Wed, 24 May, 2023 in Original Sokos Hotel Tripla in Helsinki and online. The theme of the seminar is “Safety equals encounters”. Everyone is welcome to the seminar, and registration does not require membership of the forum.
More information and seminar registration (in Finnish): Zero Accident Forum seminar | Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (ttl.fi)
The 110 workplaces that received the occupational safety level classification
* = workplaces marked with an asterisk had zero accidents that lead to absences in 2022.
Ahlstrom Glassfibre Oy Karhulan tehdas*, Ahlstrom Tampere Oy*, Asennus N&H Service Oy*, Bakelite Oy*, Cimcorp Oy, Dagsmark Petfood Oy*, Danfoss, Danisco Sweeteners Oy*, David Brown Santasalo Finland Oy*, DS Smith, Finland*, Forchem Oyj*, Gasum Oy konserni, Helen Sähköverkko Oy*, Huhtamaki Foodservice Nordic Oy, If Vahinkovakuutus Oyj, Suomen sivuliike, Kekkilä Oy*, Kiertokapula Oy*, Kongsberg Maritime Finland Oy, MeramaTec Oy*, Metso Outotec Finland Oy, Tampereen toimipiste, Milectria Oy / Milectria Power Oy*, Moventas Gears Oy, NCC Suomi Oy, Aluetoiminnot Länsi-Suomi*, Neova konserni Suomi*, Omya Oy*, Ovako Imatra Oy Ab*, Oy Paulig Finland Ab, Oy Prevex Ab, Prefere Resins Finland Oy*, Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy*, Radiometer Turku Oy, Rauman Satama Oy*, Raumaster Paper Oy*, Roal Oy, Sandvik Mining and Construction Finland Oy*, Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy, Tampere, Savon voima Oyj*, SK Protect Oy*, Solenis Finland Oy*, Suominen Kuitukankaat Oy*, Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy*, Tampereen Tiivisteteollisuus Oy*, Tapaturva Oy*, Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy, Joensuun tehdas, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace Finland Oy*, Tmi Tiina Lius*, Työterveyslaitos, Valmet Flow Control Oy, Valokuitunen Oy*, Venator P&A Finland Oy*, VEO Oy, Westenergy Oy Ab*, Yara Suomi Oy, Uudenkaupungin tehtaat
Aidian Oy*, Aurubis Finland Oy, Bosch Rexroth Oy, CABB Oy, Cervi Talotekniikka Oy, Dahl Suomi Oy, DHL Supply Chain (Finland) Oy, Ekorosk Oy Ab, Hartela Yhtiöt Oy, Helen Oy, Helsingin ja Uudenmaan sairaanhoitopiirin kuntayhtymä, Hydac Oy, Jaakkoo-Taara Oy, Jervois Finland Oy, K.Hartwall Oy Ab, Kiilto Oy, Kiwa Inspecta, KONE Hissit Oy, Kotkan Energia Oy, Lappeenrannan Energia Oy, Leppäkoski Group Oy*, Maanmittauslaitos, Metsä Fibre Oy, Mölnlycke Health Care Oy, Olvi Oyj, Orion Oyj, PerkinElmer Wallac Oy, Turku, Romu Keinänen Oy, Sako Oy, Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy, Turun tehdas, Sappi Finland I Oy, Skanska Talonrakennus Oy, Itä-Suomi, Steris Finn-Aqua, TAO, Turun Ammattiopistosäätiö*, Tervakoski Oy, Trinseo Suomi Oy, Hamina*
Anora Group (Altia Oyj), Caverion Suomi Oy, Eckes-Granini Finland Oy Ab, FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy, Helsinki Shipyard Oy, HKScan Finland Oy, ISS Palvelut Oy, Koillis-Satakunnan Sähkö Oy, Kuusakoski Oy, Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke), Meyer Turku Oy, Oras Oy, OT Services Oy, Oy Mirka Ab, Stora Enso Oyj, Metsä, Suomen Erityisjäte Oy, Thales DIS Finland Oy, Valmet Automotive, Vexve Oy, Voimatel Oy, VR-Konserni
Zero Accident Forum
- The Zero Accident Forum is a network of workplaces whose purpose is to motivate and encourage workplaces to work towards a high level of occupational safety and well-being.
- Any workplace can become a member, regardless of their occupational safety level, size or industrial sector.
- Zero Accident Forum (in Finnish): Zero Accident Forum – verkostosta voimaa kehittämiseen | Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (ttl.fi)
- Social media: @NollaTapaturmaa
- Anna Melleri, Chairperson of the steering group for the Zero Accident Forum, Director of Risk Management at VR Group, +358 (0)40 862 1880, anna.melleri [at] vr.fi (anna[dot]melleri[at]vr[dot]fi)
- Tiina-Mari Monni, Director of the Zero Accident Forum, Product Manager at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, +358 (0)50 433 1607, tiina-mari.monni [at] ttl.fi (tiina-mari[dot]monni[at]ttl[dot]fi)
- Maija-Leena Merivirta, Senior Specialist at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, +358 (0)43 824 3394, maija-leena.merivirta [at] ttl.fi (maija-leena[dot]merivirta[at]ttl[dot]fi)