Well-being and safety at work

Safety at work is one of the key themes of Apetit’s personnel strategy. The goal is to reduce occupational accidents to zero and to reduce sickness absences.

The key indicators of occupational safety, or the accident frequency rate, the number of occupational accidents, occupational safety observations and sickness absences, are monitored regularly. The occupational health and safety system of the Säkylä frozen foods plant was audited in autumn 2022. Following the audit, the system was certified in accordance with the ISO 45001 standard.

At Apetit, the risk of occupational accidents is increased by, for example, cold-storage facilities, high noise level in some places, the use of machines and knives and potential slipperiness in production facilities. Production work also involves repetitive movements that may cause musculoskeletal disor- ders. Apetit seeks to reduce the risk of accidents and illnesses in a proactive manner, especially through appropriate job-specific instructions and personal protective equipment. In 2022 at Apetit’s Säkylä production plant, two volunteers from the Apetit organisation were trained as occupational wellbeing ambassadors to support Apetit employees in day-to-day matters pertaining to well-being at work.

All occupational accidents and near misses in Apetit Group are investigated internally. On the basis of the investigation, actions are proposed to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. The Group also improves the prevention of accidents through occupational safety observations.

Apetit Group has defined, statutory occupational safety and health processes, according to which it develops a safe working environment for employees and ensures their wellbeing and work and functional ability. Occupational safety and health represent- atives and shop stewards also contribute to the development of occupational safety and health. The entire Group’s personnel are covered by occupa- tional safety and health systems. Apetit purchases occupational health care services from an external service provider.

Apetit’s Säkylä plant has ISO45001 certification.