Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety is a joint effort where each employee carries the responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of others. Identification of occupational safety risks, preventive action and training play an important role in the creation of a safe working environment.

The Fennovoima occupational safety management system has adopted the new ISO 45001 standard, and the certificate was granted to Fennovoima in January 2020. The management system covers Fennovoima’s operations in Helsinki and Pyhäjoki, as well as all of Fennovoima’s operations at the Hanhikivi 1 project site. RAOS Project’s OHS system for the Hanhikivi 1 project site also received an ISO 45001 certificate in October 2020. Titan-2’s OHS system is OHSAS 18001 certified.

Effective risk management prevents accidents 

Extensive risk identification and management procedures and reporting of safety observations are an important part of preventive occupational safety measures. We assess occupational safety risks from the perspectives of risks to the employees, facilities and the Hanhikivi 1 project site four times a year. Also, we encourage our personnel to make and report observations to improve our occupational safety culture. 

At the project site, all contractors working within Fennovoima’s scope of work follow the extensive risk assessment and management procedure that is based on Fennovoima’s risk register. This ensures that risk assessments are carried out in a consistent manner and meet our requirements. The plant supplier, RAOS Project, and the main contractor, Titan-2, follow similar risk assessment and management procedures. 

Central risks at the project site include working at height, sharing information between various actors, and working in winter conditions. A risk assessment is performed before each construction work. The identified risks are communicated to all contractors and builders active at the site. Everyone working at Fennovoima or on the Hanhikivi 1 project has the right to refuse to perform unsafe work. 

With the occupational safety training, we ensure that everyone working for Fennovoima or at the Hanhikivi 1 site has adequate knowledge and skills of the correct working methods and safety practices, and that everyone working at the construction site uses the required personal protective equipment.

Site inspections promote improvement of operations 

We monitor occupational safety performance at two levels: procedures and practices. The monitoring aims at continuous development of working methods and the processing of observed deficiencies at an early stage, before any harm occurs. 
Safety violations are processed in accordance with the regular safety observation or accident investigation procedure. Fennovoima has zero tolerance of working under the influence of alcohol. We carry out alcohol testing several times a week.