Health and safety

Concerning health and safety, Elkem has a zero-harm philosophy. We believe that it is possible to run our operations without injuries or work-related illnesses, and we will implement all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety for all employees. 

A great focus on health and safety is important from an ethical point of view. Moreover, the time and resources spent on health and safety also form the basis for a more efficient production.

Challenges in our everyday work

Elkem’s production involves potentially harmful situations: People interact with large quantities of raw materials, chemicals, powerful machinery and very high temperatures.

Elkem gives focus to understanding the risks involved in our production, and put substantial resources into controlling them, so we avoid injuries and occupational illnesses.

Injury prevention is emphasized to the same degree as production, quality, sales, delivery times, efficiency and cost control.

EHS management system

“FOKUS” is Elkem’s program for environment, health and safety in the workplace.

"FOKUS" is closely connected to the Elkem Business System (EBS). It underlines many of the same principles and tools.

FOKUS builds on 5 basic principles:

1. Improvement has no limits. Continuous improvement is our way of working, always looking for a safer and more efficient ways to move forward.

2. All incidents and injuries can be prevented. Our zero-harm philosophy implies that safety has first priority and is just as important as production, quality, sales, delivery times, efficiency and cost control.

3. All incidents and injuries have causes. By reporting and investigating we are able to understand what happened, find the causes and remove them to prevent reoccurrence.

Incident management (reporting, investigating and mitigating all types of incidents) is crucial for our EHS work. Employees are expected to report all undesired incidents including deviations, non-conformance, near misses and injuries/illnesses, and implement necessary measures to ensure that they do no happen again. Serious incidents and injuries are weekly reported to the corporate management team, and shared throughout the whole organisation for leaning.

4. Effective preventative work requires hazard identification, risk analysis and the implementation of actions to reduce unacceptable risk to an acceptable level. Understanding dangers and hazards involved in our processes, equipment and working operations is the first step toward preventing harm.

5. The success on the field depends on all employees being actively involved in EHS work, and sharing the responsibly for a safe working environment.