Safety at Vestas
Our employees are our greatest asset
Our employees are our greatest asset at Vestas and without safety we cannot take care of them. The passion they display daily for our products, our ambition and strategies are testament to their immense value. Vestas recognises that good safety is good business, however, it is also a driver for attracting and retaining our great employees. At Vestas, we continually strive to provide a safe place to work. We provide employees with the appropriate safety training for their given role, as well as the instructions, documentation, and PPE to carry out their given role safely.
To ensure this continued improvement focus and sustainable development, Vestas has set out a clear road map of strategic safety targets. These include the significant reduction in injuries and the elimination of fatalities.
As part of our Sustainability Strategy, we have set the following ambitions safety goals to be achieved by 2030: Zero fatalities for a sustained 3 years, a Total Recordable Injury Rate of less than 1 for every million working hours and an Interdependent Organizational Excellence score resulting best in class and the industry.
How do we define safety at work?
Having the correct safety behaviour and mindset is essential for good safety performance. Therefore, a safety induction training is mandatory for all employees as soon as they start working with Vestas and embeds safety behaviour from the beginning of employment.
In addition, employees may receive specialist technical training, which incorporates safety throughout their career and will make them embark on Vestas’ safety awareness and behavioural safety training programs.
The safety awareness program focusses on our 5 safety principles of:
- All injuries can be prevented
- Every hazard can be managed
- Management is accountable for safety
- People are the most critical factor in the safety effort and
- Working safely is a condition of employment.
A safety walk is an opportunity for managers and employees in production, construction, service, or administration to discuss safe behaviour. Here at Vestas managers and leaders carry out thousands of safety walks each year. They are essential to demonstrate felt leadership through having a safety dialogue with employees and give employees an opportunity to directly feedback and if needed request support from their manager over a safety issue.
Behavioural safety programs
Vestas runs a number of behavioural safety related programs. One of these is the Vestas Behavioural Change program (VBC). The VBC program is an employee-led safety observation program, where safe behaviours are encouraged, recognised, and rewarded - whereas any identified at-risk behaviours are stopped, assessed, and improved to mitigate the risk. Another behavioural safety program is the My Team My Responsibility program. It identifies several behaviours an individual or team would like to focus on and improve. Our units, functions, and factories that have implemented these programs have been able to dramatically reduce the number of reportable injuries.
Global Standards Electrical Safety and Global Standards Control of Hazardous Energy have been developed to ensure all regions and segments perform to a minimal level and these standards allow synergies across the organization to train technician’s using the same material. The intent of the Standards is to eliminate injuries as a result of hazardous energies.