Employee Health and safety

A safe place to work

Why it matters

Our vision is zero harm to anyone working for, or on behalf, of DNV GL. Our view is that no work is so urgent or important that it cannot be conducted in a safe and healthy way. Safeguarding our people is not only about preventing accidents and injuries, it is also about maintaining a healthy and resilient workforce.

In striving to be the safest place to work, we continue to empower our people to make the right decisions about their own safety, health and wellbeing every day. Our risk assessments show the main health and safety risks our people face come from: field work; slips, trips and falls; stress linked to high workload; and driving. Our approach is to address safety and health risks with both immediate and more long-term initiatives. We want to demonstrate that DNV GL cares about its people and equips them to deliver exceptional safety performance over the long term.

Progress in 2019

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Looking ahead

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Performance in 2019

Our health and safety performance is considered sound and stable. The lost time injury rate is stable and a there is a slightly decrease in the sickness absence rate. However, we are continuously attempting to improve. Our focus is on preventative measures identified by our Peakon employee survey, cases recorded with the potential for high loss and increasing awareness.

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Mental health focus in UK

In the UK, ‘Time to Talk Day’ is a national awareness day held in February each year, providing an opportunity to bring the nation together to get talking and break the silence around poor mental health.

We were inspired by this at DNV GL and used ‘Time to Talk Day’ to launch a continuous focus on mental health and wellbeing in our UK offices.

The response from employees was very positive and follow-up activities were arranged at all of our UK locations. Outcomes and specific suggestions from employees were shared in Yammer posts.

In the past year, as well as participating in ‘Time to Talk Day’ and other national awareness days, we have introduced mental health awareness training for line managers. Around 60 managers have attended the one-day Mental Health Awareness training so far, and courses will continue in 2020.

Some of our other activities include:

  • Quarterly ‘Time to Talk’ events, with social lunches
  • Yoga and mindful movement classes
  • Lunch and learn sessions with visiting speakers.