UPM has significantly reduced work-related accidents with a three year program called Step Change in Safety 2012–2014. UPM’s lost time accident frequency (LTAF, the Number of lost time accidents per one million hours of work) has decreased by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014.
The Step Change in Safety 2012–2014 initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management. Strong management commitment and active participation of employees and contractors have been the keys to success.
As a result, UPM’s global LTAF decreased by a total of 70% from 15.2 in the beginning of 2012 to 4.4 by the end of 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.