Health and safety issues are matters for management as well as the workforce. Responsibility for these issues stretches from the boardroom to the factory floor. Yara believes every accident is preventable and strives for zero accidents.
Yara has a global certification agreement with Det Norske Veritas (DNV). This includes the certification of ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (safety). Yara’s product stewardship performance is audited by SGS or DNV and approved by the European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association.
Yara has a well-established management system to fulfill its ambitions and corporate responsibilities concerning health, environment and safety (HES) issues.
Yara’s HESQ Team supports the organization by establishing goals and standards, and carries out internal audits to ensure that corporate policies are fulfilled. Management and Yara’s Safety Committee review the work regularly, and the Board of Directors oversees decisions and performance.
Within this framework, Yara’s plants and units maintain close control of their own health, environmental and safety performance, local employee involvement, compliance with national legislation, and adherence to Yara’s high technical and operational requirements.
Yara has issued a clear set of safety management principles for production sites. These principles include annual safety targets and action plans, job risk evaluation, rules for protective equipment and emergency response plans. Accidents and near misses shall be reported and investigated and corrections implemented.
Yara’s management and the European Works Council (EWC) have also agreed on a number of health and safety principles underlining the joint target of zero accidents.
Strong track record
When benchmarked against other chemical and fertilizer companies, our performance places us among the leaders in industrial safety, with injury rates well below those of comparable members of the Fertilizers Europe or the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA).
Despite a strong track record, we continue our efforts to reach our zero accident target, through strict adherence to our technical and operational standards and procedures, strong commitment by managers at all levels, engaging everyone in safety.
Safety training and reporting
Yara’s employees are regularly trained in the conduct of safe operations and response to emergencies. Reporting accidents and near misses is required for everyone at Yara. Contractors are subject to the same scrutiny as employees, and managers carry out regular safety walks around sites to ensure that standards remain high. Visible, safety-minded leaders are necessary to achieving the next level of safety performance. Lessons learned from accidents and incidents are shared between all plants in the Yara family.
Strong emphasis is placed on Yara’s Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) program to reduce risk on the factory floor through observation and feedback at the peer group level.