Metsä Fibre's persistent focus on high-quality proactive safety work has produced results: in 2020, Metsä Fibre's TRIF (Total Recordable Incident Frequency) figure was significantly better than in the previous years, at 8.4. The internationally used TRIF metric takes all recorded accidents at work into account.
In 2020, proactive safety work was implemented systematically in all Metsä Fibre's operations: for example, during the year more than 90 per cent of the corrective measures concerning safety agreed for 2020 were implemented in all units.
Risks related to the coronavirus pandemic were also well managed in 2020. Metsä Fibre was able to maintain the continuity of business operations despite the pandemic, also during maintenance shutdowns while working with external partners. No chains of transmission for the coronavirus were found at Metsä Fibre.
Harmonised and engaging safety work
During 2020, Metsä Fibre deployed Metsä Group's safety management principles and processes that make the management of safety at work within the Group more consistent. The development and harmonisation of Group-level safety standards began in 2020 with the prevention of accidental start-ups (lockout/tagout), and the work will continue with the implementation of new standards and the continuous improvement of existing guidelines.
In 2021, Metsä Fibre will continue the development and deployment of Group-level safety standards. In addition, Metsä Fibre is investing in the safety of service providers in particular, in close cooperation with the providers. The goal is to even better guarantee the safety of partners operating in Metsä Fibre's mill areas on a regular basis and during shutdowns, and develop the safety culture of all those working in the area. There is also active cooperation with customers in sharing good security practices.
To reach the target of zero accidents, Metsä Fibre is also actively engaging its personnel in safety work by developing the job description of process operators, for example. The introduction of the updated HSE system at Metsä Fibre is also scheduled for 2021.