Raising awareness about workplace health and safety on April 28th – and all year round
The International Labour Organization’s annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28th promotes the prevention of occupational incidents and illnesses globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem, and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related incidents and illnesses. Ericsson is firmly committed to this goal, and working actively to achieve its vision of zero major incidents.
The theme for this year’s Safety & Health at Work Day is “Optimize the collection and use of OHS data”, which is closely related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #8: “inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. In particular, Target 8.8 focuses on the “protection of labour rights and promotion of safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.”
As part of our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Ericsson delivers innovative solutions to customers and governments to address global challenges, but we also focus on how we contribute in the way we run our company. Health and Safety is an area where Ericsson takes an inclusive approach, not only regarding the safety and well-being of our employees but also those in our supply chain.
We are actively working to prevent incidents and work-related illnesses, with a vision of zero major incidents. To achieve this vision, we apply a risk-based approach and have a variety of tools and processes in place. Detailed information can be found in our Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2016.
Seven simple rules
Our seven Zero Tolerance Safety Rules were established to maximize workplace safety both for our own employees and all of the people working in our supply chain. Three examples are “wear your seat belt”, “do not use your mobile phone while driving” and “always use the correct personal protective equipment”. These rules are available in multiple languages and apply to Ericsson employees and people working across our supply chain around the world.
Global Incident Reporting Tool
In mid-2016 we launched our Global Incident Reporting Tool to make it easier to report and investigate incidents, take measures to avoid recurrence and see our improvement areas. Since the launch we have seen a significant increase in the volume of incidents reported. We will continue to raise awareness to further increase the volume of reports, especially the near-misses, as well as improving the quality of the reports. We have also established governance foras both globally and locally to provide decisions and guidance on the development and implementation of OHS strategy and practices.
Improving driving safety
According to the World Health Organisation, road traffic injuries causes an estimated 1.25 million deaths worldwide each year, which works out to one person being killed in traffic every 25 seconds. Although we have seen a significant decrease in number of fatalities related to driving in recent years, it remains the number one cause of work-related fatalities in our global supply chain. To address this, we have set up a robust health and safety management process for our suppliers to ensure that they are aware how important this issue is to us and help them raise awareness about driving safety amongst their employees, just as we do with ours. One example of a simple behavior change that can save lives is to never text and drive.
Meeting and exceeding customer expectations
We have noticed a steady increase in the trend of our customers setting requirements on health and safety matters for their partners. In 2016, more than 250 of our customer contracts included Health and Safety requirements. We are also becoming a preferred supplier based on our Health and Safety efforts, and our concrete actions to continuously improve. We believe strongly that the industry needs to take a full value chain perspective, and we are excited to be able to engage with our customers on this important issue.