Health and safety

Holmen endeavours to create a good work environment that is both safe and stimulating. All the production facilities have a certified health and safety management system.

Work environment

Safety a priority

Health and safety continues to be a priority issue for Holmen. Group management has appointed a working party consisting of the mill managers in the respective business areas. The team initiates activities and procedures, sets targets and key indicators, and follows these up on an ongoing basis, reporting back to Group management.

The aim of Holmen’s work on safety is to make the workplace free of injuries for employees. A safe work environment is always high on the agenda and the issue is monitored constantly at management level. All the units* are certified to OHSAS 18001, which means that health and safety is addressed systematically across the Group.

* apart from Linghem Sawmill, which was acquired in 2017.

The number of accidents per million hours worked increased to 5.7 in 2019 from 4.9 in 2018. The dominant causes of accidents are slipping, tripping and pinching. Cuts and lacerations have fallen during the year thanks to measures put in place, but slips, trips and pinch accidents have increased. In recent years, we have successfully managed to reduce the number of accidents and despite this year’s rise to 27 (24) incidents, efforts are moving in the right direction.

Incident and accident reporting

All the production facilities have digitalised systems for reporting incidents, observed risks and accidents. This makes reporting easier, while at the same time improving oversight and follow-up. Since the new systems were introduced, the number of reported incidents and observed risks has risen, which is good news for the drive to prevent industrial accidents.

Health and safety training

All new employees at the mills undergo training in health and safety in the work environment. All managers and safety representatives receive training ranging over three to five days.

Statistics for sickness absence

In 2019 sickness absence was 3,8 per cent, which is on a par with previous years.

Long-term sick leave (over 60 days)

Ten years ago the rate of long-term absence was around 4 per cent. In 2019 it stood at 1.6 per cent. Researchers claim that people who are fit for work need a rate of absence of 1–2 per cent to recover from serious illnesses. Holmen falls within this range.

Company health service

All employees have access to health-promoting activities and a company health service that provides rehabilitation and supports return to work. A fitness grant is also offered in Sweden. The company is convinced that good dietary habits and exercise are an important factor in ensuring that an individual remains fit and healthy throughout their working life. Work-life balance is a further piece of the puzzle that the company is working actively to encourage. Regular health checks are also offered to the employees so that they can detect early onset of disease.

Legionella

The wastewater treatment plants at several Swedish forest industry mills contain legionella bacteria. An industry-wide method of analysis of health and safety-related risks has been introduced and is applied at Holmen units. Maintenance procedures and water handling have been improved. Affected individuals and at-risk groups are offered health assessments.

Safety a priority

The aim of Holmen’s work on safety is to make the workplace free of injuries for employees. A safe work environment is always high on the agenda and the issue is monitored constantly at management level. Holmen's forest department is certified in accordance with PEFCTM and FSC® (FSC-ID), and all production sites are certified in accordance with OHSAS 18001, which means that health and safety are systematically addressed throughout the Group.

The number of accidents per million hours worked increased to 5.7 in 2019 from 4.9 in 2018. The dominant causes of accidents are slipping, tripping and pinching. Cuts and lacerations have fallen during the year thanks to measures put in place, but slips, trips and pinch accidents have increased. In recent years, we have successfully managed to reduce the number of accidents and despite this year’s rise to 27 (24) incidents, efforts are moving in the right direction. This year’s rise shows how important it is for us to continue to take a farsighted approach, focused on our
vision of zero accidents.

Holmens work environmental policy

Industrial accidents 2019
with more than 8 hours of absence
per million hours worked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sick leave 2019:

  • Sick leave total: 3,8
  • Long-term sick leave > 60 dagar: 1,6

Vacancies

Please take a look att our Vacancies. We might have just the job you are looking for.

There are all sorts of opportunities within Holmen. We employ everyone from engineers and operators to economists, information systems graduates and behavioural scientists. Our forestry operation also employs certified foresters and forest rangers.