Health, safety and environment

HSE in the core of everything we do

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 34% of our relevant operations is covered by the ISO 14001 certification, 34% by the ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 certification and 75% by the ISO 9001 certification. This coverage is calculated by the number of employees working in certified facilities.

HSE targets

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 long-term safety target is zero harm. LTIF reflects the number of incidents resulting in an absence of at least one workday per million hours worked.

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 25 percent by 2030. 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 by 15 percent by the end of 2020. We have set a new target to reduce the share of landfill waste from total waste by 15 percent by 2020, having reached the earlier target compared to 2014 already in 2017. By 2030, our target is to reduce the share of landfill by 30% compared to 2018. 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

HSE policy

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

HSE reporting & auditing

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 for the first half of 2020. In 2019, a total of 39,000  (23,922 in 2018) 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.

34% of all our operations are covered by ISO 14001 certification, 34% by the ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 certification, and 75% by the 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 ISO 45001 ISO 50001 OHSAS 1800X
Abu Dhabi Metso Flow Control LLC Abu Dhabi X*        
Austria Metso Austria GmbH Vienna X*        
Australia Metso Australia Ltd       Canning Vale    X        
    Henderson X        
    Newcastle  X        
    Orange X        
    Sydney X        
    Thornton X        
    West Perth        X        
Australia WearX Pty Ltd               Ballina


    Hexham  X       X
    Pinjarra X       X
Brazil Metso Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda. Guaíba X*        
    Sorocaba X*        
Canada Metso Flow Control 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 Flow Control (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* X*   
  Metso Minerals Inc.  Tampere X        
France Metso France S.A.S. Gainneville X*        
    Mâcon X        
    Nanterre X*        
    Vitrolles X*        
Germany Metso MAPAG GmbH Horgau X* 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*        
India RMEBS Controls Private Limited   X X     X
Italy Metso Italy S.p.A Cinisello Balsamo X*        
Japan Metso Japan Co. Ltd Kanagawa X*        
Mexico Metso Mexico S.A. de C.V. Queretaro 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*        
South Korea Metso Korea Co., Ltd. Chungju X*  X* X*    
    Seoul X*        
Spain Metso España S.A. Sant Cugat del Valles 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 Thailand Co., Ltd Amphur Ban Pong X*        
    Rayong X*        
    Bangkok X*        
Turkey Metso Minerals A.Ş. Istanbul X*        
UK Metso UK Ltd Chineham X*        
    Seaham X*        
  McCloskey International Ltd Coalisland X X     X
    Killyman X X     X
    Granville Road X X     X
United Arab Emirates Metso FZE Dubai X*        
    Abu Dhabi   X*        
USA Metso Flow Control USA Inc. Atlanta X*        
    Houston X*        
    Shrewsbury X* X* X*    
    Vancouver X*        
  Metso Minerals Industries, Inc. Columbia X        
    Waukesha X        
  StoneL Fergus Falls X        



* Flow Control global multi-site certificate