Safety is a core part of UPM’s organizational culture and management systems at all our sites. We make it our top priority that every employee has the right to a safe and healthy working environment. Our guiding target is to make every day a safe workday. We believe that safety is the right of everyone working on UPM premises. Our safety standards and requirements are there to protect not only our own employees but also contractors and visitors as well.
Safety and well-being
We comply with international, national and local safety laws, rules and regulations. We do this by implementing and complying with both the UPM Safety Standards and local procedures. We define and communicate clear expectations and targets for safety at all levels of our organizations. Ensuring that we achieve our ambitious objectives, UPM’s occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems are based on the UPM Safety Standards, particularly the Roles and responsibilities standard, which clearly defines every line organization’s responsibilities.
Our OHS management systems embrace the principle of continuous improvement, which involves extensive internal and external audits and management reviews. The systems cover 100% of our units and all their employees, plus any contractors working on-site. Our OHS management systems are also third-party certified under OHSAS 18001:2007 or ISO 45001:2018 standards at 49% of our production units. In 2019, certified systems were in place in 23 units with a total of 9300 employees, which covers 49% of all UPM employees.