Occupational health and safety
We value human life above all other considerations and will not compromise the health and safety of those working for us or affected by our activities. We want every employee, contractor and visitor to return home healthy and safe every day.
Occupational health and safety are an integrated part of our daily activities. We are committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace for our employees, contractors and visitors, promoting and improving their well-being and operating our installations without harm to the communities in which we operate.
Healthy and safe work conditions are recognized as a human right and addressed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Occupation Health and Safety Management System
Hydro has developed a comprehensive health and safety management system and our manufacturing sites are certified to internationally recognized health and safety standards.
We embrace digital tools where possible and have developed advanced incident management tools, self-assessment systems, risk management processes etc. all easily accessible.
We believe that all injuries and occupational ill-health can be avoided.
No management system or policy alone can guarantee health and safety, but through a combination of a healthy and safe work environment, best practices in health and safety management, fully engaged workforce focused on the well-being of themselves and their colleagues and committed and visible leadership, the goal of zero injuries and occupational ill-health cases is within reach.
Hydro is recognized for its outstanding performance on occupational health and safety, demonstrating a strong sense of responsibility for people and for its contribution to a more viable society through innovation and efficient production.
Our approach to improve occupational health is based on work environment risk assessments, covering physical, chemical and psychosocial risks. To prevent occupational ill-health, we have developed and implemented:
- Controls over hazardous materials with special focus on carcinogen, mutagen and toxic for reproduction substances (CMR).
- Noise reduction activities.
- Ergonomic improvement focusing on prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
- Health and well-being programs, including psychosocial risk and the creation of a global health team.
Ensuring the safety of all employees, contractors and visitors on our sites is our number one priority.
We strive to create a safe working environment and foster safe behavior among our employees and contractors.
Our approach to improving safety performance is based on risk management, leadership qualities and shop floor engagement.
We focus on all incidents and have processes in places to establish root causes and corrective actions and the most serious incidents are referred to as High Risk Incidents (HRI) and have a focused response.
To avoid the most serious HRI we have implemented our fatality prevention procedures emphasize seven critical topics:
- Energy isolation
- Fall prevention
- Mobile equipment
- Overhead cranes
- Confined space entry
- Molten metal safety
- Contractor management
Our most important goal is zero fatalities and life changing injuries, but we also commit much of our efforts to prevent all injuries. Many of our sites among the 40 countries where we operate experience zero injuries over time, but injuries do occur, and some are serious, and our commitment is unwavering in the pursuit of Zero injuries.
Emergency and Security
The ability to react and respond positively to prevent and mitigate injury, damage to the environment, property and Hydro’s reputation is our most important goal when dealing with Emergency or crisis situations.
We maintain emergency and crisis plans which are designed to deal with all types of emergency situations which could create immediate or potential threat to:
Life or health of company personnel, other personnel on company premises or the public.
- The environment.
- Company assets or public property.
- The commercial business of the company.
- Credibility and image.
Our Emergency Preparedness plans enable effective response to high-risk incidents and crisis ensuring an effective, cohesive, integrated and timely response to any business disruption, regardless of scale or complexity and its origin.
Security within Hydro is delivered and implemented through a pro-active Security Risk Management Process, which has a focus on analysis, to enable appropriate mitigating actions and accurate and timely decision-making.
Our Security Management process conforms to The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and ISO 18788 (Management System for Private Security Operations), incorporating both international and industry best practice.
Training on security awareness for travelers is available to all Hydro personnel and especially designed to those who travel frequently as part of their role. This training highlights the threats that Hydro personnel may face and describes how good travel planning coupled with sensible precautions can help us stay safe and remain secure when travelling.
The COVID-19 virus is still active and resurging in many areas throughout the world, resulting in new and varying restrictions being implemented in most countries.
Hydro closely monitors the development of COVID-19 and assesses current and potential impact on employees and operations. Mitigating actions have been implemented for several months since the emerging threat was seen and further actions are frequently evaluated.
We are all affected by COVID-19 to some extent: quarantine, self-isolation, work from home, travel to work, curfew, uncertainty, etc. It is normal to feel anxiety about COVID-19 and the potential impact on ourselves and our families.
Hydro has acknowledged these potential impacts on our employees’ mental health and have run several webinars to provide tools to help build resilience and coping mechanisms in line with our mental health and wellbeing programs.