Safety is a choice

Safety is a choice

We encourage our people to think that every accident can be avoided by the choices we make.

Our goal is to promote occupational health and minimize the number of occupational accidents. Occupational health and safety are an integral part of our daily management and operations. During 2020, we continued our safety campaign to globally communicate our slogan “Safety is a choice”, meaning that everyone is responsible for safety: adhering to occupational safety guidelines, observing defects and shortcomings, and reporting and removing hazards.

We have identified three safety sectors:

  • Technology. Technical separation of people from energy sources, such as electricity or steam.
  • Process. Processes guiding us to do the right thing.
  • Thinking. Safety in one’s own thinking and actions.

In order to avoid hazardous situations, we emphasize preventing occupational accidents. We have identified diverse safety cultures, meaning that the ownership of safety varies according to operating countries. That is why we have invested in communicating our safety thinking globally. We have trained our own managers to train their own teams in safe working. We have found this approach to be more efficient than having employees trained by separate trainers.

On our way to accident free workplace, we set the intermediate target to have an LTIF of less than 4.5 by the end of 2020. By the end of 2020, our LTIF was 3.7, and with the figures of Levypyörä added to the figures from 2019, we exceeded our goal and reached a reduction of 29%. (LTIF in 2019 was 5.2 with Levypyörä). Without the figures of Levypyörä, the reduction was 14%.

We encourage our employees to make safety observations and carry out safety actions with the goal of 3 safety actions per employee on average: this resulted in over 17,600 safety actions in 2020. This amounts to 3.5 actions per employee.

Nokian Tyres is committed to processing personal data transparently and in compliance with applicable data protection laws. The data privacy work (GDPR) continued by specifying and further developing the privacydocumentation and processes, for example by updating the Nokian Tyres privacy statements and further increasing the awareness within the company by organizing workshops.

Lost Time Incident Frequency (LTIF)*
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Nokian Tyres Finland 22,3 20,2 8,6 5,3 3,7 3,4
Nokian Tyres Russia 3,0 3,0 3,2 5,0 2,0 1,0
Nokian Tyres US         1,6 1,7
Vianor 23,9 15,2 12,6 15,0 7,8 7,1
NT Group 13,9 11,2 7,5 8,3 4,3 3,7
* Number of lost time incidents / 1 000 000 hours worked 
Recordable Accident Frequency (rec. F) *
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Nokian Tyres Finland 24,1 12,6 8,7 8,3 6,8
Nokian Tyres Russia 3 3,9 5,3 4,0 2,1
Nokian Tyres US       6,2 3,5
Vianor 18,7 19,5 21,6 13,9 9,8
NT Group 13,2 11,2 11,6 8,2 5,8
* Number of incidents / 1 000 000 hours worked
Recordable accidents
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Nokian Tyres Finland 42 24 18 18 16
Nokian Tyres Russia 8 11 16 12 6
Nokian Tyres US       4 2
Vianor 59 62 72 48 33
NT Group 109 97 106 82 57
Lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) / contractors
2017 2018 2019 2020
6.3 6.9 2.1 3.7

Since 2016, all contractor accidents are reported via the global reporting tool. The Contractor working hours are estimated to be 20% of Nokian Tyres' employee working hours in 2016-2017, 25% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. The reason for the increase is the large number of construction projects in 2018-2019: factory expansions in Finland, new warehouse in Russia and new factory in Dayton. After the construction projects had been finalized, the number of Contractors was less in 2020 than the previous year.

Occupational health

Nokian Tyres’ occupational health care is based on local legislation and our Environmental, Safety, and Quality Policy. In all our factory locations in Finland, Russia and the US, occupational health is supported and managed by our local HR team. In the US, we also employ a full-time dedicated EHS Manager as well as external partners who actively engage in identification and mitigation of hazards and risks.

All factory locations organize regular monitoring of working conditions, which may generate risks to the health of workers. Especially employees who have several stress factors in their work (dust, noise, odor, handling hazardous chemicals) are being monitored very carefully.

In all factory locations, occupational health services are bought from a licensed service provider and they cover 100% of our own employees. Emergency first aid is provided for everyone, including subcontractors. In Finland and the US, some of the services are provided on site, but most of them are offered by an external health care service provider. In Russia, we have a 24/7 medical center on site. All factory locations have fitness facilities, which are open for all employees. In 2020, there were some restrictions to the use of the facilities due to the pandemic.

All employees are offered the option to enroll in voluntary non-occupational medical or healthcare programs from their date of hire. These programs include for instance annual vaccination against influenza, first aid training and programs to stop smoking, weight loss/weight management, and in the US, maternity management.

Nokian Tyres only collects the minimum of information required to deliver health services. Access to the data is limited and utilized only for the designated purpose. Compliance with privacy regulations is always our primary approach.

Occupational illness frequency OIFR*
  2018 2019 2020
NT Group 1.4 1.2 0.7

* Work-related ill health cases / 1 000 000 hours worked