Safety management at HUS has improved, and managers are better able to address safety deviations. Because of this, the safety investigation rate has gone up. Safety competence has been improved through occupational safety network training for managers, in which 69 managers participated.
HUS employee that their health and safety are being looked after well (3.55 on a scale of 1 to 5), but there is scope for improvement.
The overall trend in the number of accidents is downward. The number of absences due to accidents is also decreasing.
Project raised awareness of occupational safety
At HUS Asvia (formerly HUS Support Services), a project was set up for 2018–2019 to raise awareness of a culture of occupational safety. There was a need for such a project, since occupational accidents subject to compensation at the department accounted for one fifth of all occupational accidents in the HUS area in 2017.
As a result of the ‘Tapaturmille stoppi’ [Stop accidents] project, absences due to occupational accidents decreased by an impressive 45%, while the number of incidents subject to compensation decreased by 3.2%. Near misses were reported more frequently than before. The number of safety observations made by employees grew by a factor of 7 in 2019 compared to the time before the project. Officially, the project ended at the end of 2019, but the practices introduced in the project are still complied with at Asvia. The HUS Asvia ‘Ghostbusters’ visited workstations during the European Week for Safety and Health at Work to remind employees of the importance of chemical safety.