Health, safety and environment

Prioritizing the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners in all our operations is fundamental to everyone at Metso. Our goal is to guarantee a safe working environment for our employees and we are committed to taking responsibility for our own safety and for the safety of others. We believe that world-class safety comes from a combination of having the right attitude, making the right decisions and taking the right actions. World-class safety is also a sign of quality. Safe businesses are productive businesses. Therefore, all Metso employees must actively participate in eliminating or controlling factors that may threaten health, safety and well-being. We also require our partners and subcontractors to take care of occupational health and safety issues within their operations.

We also contribute to the environment. Sustainable use of resources underpins the long-term success of our business. A global operating environment brings opportunities and risks that we must recognize throughout our value chain. By increasing the eco-efficiency of our production, we are able to reduce our overall environmental footprint and achieve cost savings. We develop our HSE performance with multiple actions and projects. We also organize a broad range of global HSE activities internally to raise awareness and to train our personnel. More information about our HSE work, can be found in our Sustainability report. We comply with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. A total of 37% of our relevant operations is covered by the ISO 14001 certification, 36% by the OHSAS 18001 certification and 78% by the ISO 9001 certification. This coverage is calculated by the number of employees working in certified facilities.

All our efforts in health and safety aim to ensure a safe working environment for all Metso employees. We believe that every accident can be prevented. Our mid-term target in occupational safety is to achieve an LTIF of less than one by the end of 2021. LTIF reflects the number of incidents resulting in an absence of at least one workday per million hours worked. Our long-term target is zero work-related accidents.

Developing our environmental efficiency is a continuous process. The goal of our environmental targets is to improve energy efficiency of our own operations and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Understanding how we manage, use and dispose of water, waste and wastewater globally is a basic default. We have set unit-specific targets to decrease the water usage of our own operations in water-stressed areas by 15 percent by 2020. Our target was to reduce the share of landfill waste from total waste by 15 percent by 2020 compared to 2014. We reached this target already in 2017. We continue to further improve our performance. We also aim at zero environmental incidents.

Information about our HSE results can be found in our Annual Report

Metso’s HSE Policy forms the cornerstones of our HSE work. Our HSE policy states that compliance with applicable laws and regulations is only a minimum requirement and that we strive for performance above and beyond the rules and regulations in our operations. Metso’s HSE policy supports the development of a safe, healthy and well-managed work environment, and requires all of us to adopt good HSE behavior and follow agreed rules and instructions in all our daily activities. The policy also states our commitment to design sustainable solutions, products, innovations and services to help our customers improve their safety and environmental performance. Read our HSE Policy

Metso uses a Group-wide HSE reporting tool to track all HSE incidents and other HSE performance factors. The system enables a uniform reporting throughout whole Metso and it allows us to effectively share information and learn from other locations.

We use an internal global audit program to ensure that our locations follow the health, safety and environment rules and instructions set by Metso and local laws. We concentrate on finding hidden hazards in our local work practices and we track good practices. Corrective actions are to be made within a certain timeline, depending on the severity of the finding.

In addition, Metso’s HSE self-assessment tool supports the development of good local safety practices and helps identify and prioritize the areas for development. The tool includes HSE management, hazard and risk evaluation, training, ownership, leadership, and incident and accident management aspects. The individual HSE target is two risk observations per employee. In 2018, a total of 23,922 (19,895 in 2017) risk observations were reported. 

List of Metso's externally certified units

As part of our sustainability management, we comply with several international standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Many of our business units have received certification by complying to these standards.

32% of all our operations are covered by ISO 14001 certification, 29% have OHSAS 18001 certification, 78% have ISO 9001 certification The coverage is calculated by the number of employees working in certified facilities.

List of Metso's externally certified units:

Country Company Location ISO 9001 ISO 1400X OHSAS 1800X
Abu Dhabi Metso Flow Control LLC Abu Dhabi X*    
Austria Metso Austria GmbH Vienna X*    
Brazil Metso Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda. Guaíba X*    
    Sorocaba X*    
Canada Metso Automation Canada Ltd Edmonton X*    
    St-Laurent X*    
  Metso Minerals Canada Inc.  Belleville X    
    Lachine X    
    North Bay X    
Chile Metso Chile S.A. Antofagasta X X X
    Concepcion X*    
    Concón X X X
    Los Bronces X X X
    Santiago X*    
China Metso Automation (Shanghai) Co., Ltd Beijing X*    
    Shanghai X* X* X*
  Metso Minerals (Quzhou) Co., Ltd. Quzhou X    
  Metso Minerals (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. Tianjin X X X
  Shaoguan City Shaorui Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. Shaoguan X    
Czech Republic Metso Czech Republic, s.r.o. Prerov X X X
Denmark Metso Denmark A/S Horsens X X  
Finland Metso Flow Control Oy Jämsänkoski X*    
    Kemi X*    
    Lappeenranta X*    
    Rauma X*    
    Vantaa X* X* X*
  Metso Minerals Inc.  Tampere X    
France Metso France S.A.S. Gainneville X*    
    Mâcon X    
    Nanterre X*    
    Vitrolles X*    
Germany Metso Automation MAPAG GmbH Horgau X* X* X*
  Metso Germany GmbH Düsseldorf X    
    Leuna X*    
    Leverkusen X*    
    Mannheim X    
India Metso India Private Limited Ahmedabad X X  
    Alwar X X X
    Gurgaon X*    
    Mumbai X*    
    Vadodara X*    
Italy Metso Italy S.p.A Cinisello Balsamo X*    
Japan Metso Japan Co. Ltd Kanagawa X*    
Korea Metso Korea Co. Ltd Chungju X* X*  
    Seoul X*    
Netherlands Metso Benelux B.V. Waddinxveen X*    
Peru Metso Peru S.A. Arequipa     X
    Lima X   X
Poland Metso Poland Sp.z o.o. Torun X*    
Portugal Metso Automation Portugal Lda Lisboa X*    
Qatar Metso Automation Qatar W.L.L. Doha X*    
Russia OOO Metso St. Petersburg X*    
Saudi Arabia Metso Plant Saudi Arabia Dammam X    
Singapore Metso Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Singapore X*    
South Africa Metso South Africa (Pty) Ltd Durban X*    
    Gauteng X*    
    Secunda X*    
    Vereeniging X*    
Spain Metso España S.A. Sant Cugat del Valles X*    
  Santa Ana de Bouleta Grinding Media, S.A. Bilbao X X X
Sweden Metso Sweden AB Ersmark X X X
    Gällivare   X  
    Grängesberg   X  
    Kiruna   X  
    Luleå   X  
    Sala X X X
    Sundsvall X*    
    Trelleborg X X X
Taiwan Metso Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Taipei X    
Thailand Metso Automation Co., Ltd Amphur Ban Pong X*    
    Bangkok X*    
Turkey Metso Minerals A.Ş. Istanbul X*    
UK Metso UK Ltd Chineham X*    
    Seaham X*    
United Arab Emirates Metso Automation FZE Dubai X*    
USA Metso Automation USA Inc. Atlanta X*    
    Houston X*    
    Shrewsbury X*    
    Vancouver X*    
  Metso Minerals Industries, Inc. Columbia X    
    Waukesha X    
  StoneL Fergus Falls X    
* Flow Control global multi-site certificate