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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 28th, 2015

Today is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work which is recognized by the United Nations as the official day on which to promote a safe and healthy working environment.

Safety is Sandvik’s highest priority. All workplaces at which Sandvik employees work (some 47,000 employees in more than 130 countries) should be safe and secure environments. Throughout our organization we have a strong focus and make a lot of effort towards proactive measures based on recognizing and understanding risks, improving our safety culture and preventing accidents from happening.

Our proactive efforts go hand in hand with the theme of World day for Safety and Health at Work 2015: “Join in building a culture of prevention on Occupational Safety and Health”.

Earth Day 2015

April 22nd, 2015

Earth Day falls on the 22 April each year and marks the anniversary of what is believed to be the beginning of the "modern environmental movement"

“Earth Day” was founded in 1970 by the Senator Gaylord Nelson, from Wisconsin, USA. Although it originated in America, Earth Day is now observed in 192 countries. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate awareness and support for the protection of our environment.

You can also find out more about Earth Day on their website.

Lights out!

March 28th, 2015

Earth Hour 2015: Saturday 28 March between 20:30 and 21:30 in your local time zone.

Sandvik is showing its commitment to the planet by taking part in Earth Hour 2015 and encouraging employees to turn off any non-essential lights during Earth Hour. Take a look at the Earth Hour website if you would like to take part too.

Val d'Or: 1 year LTI free

March 2nd, 2015

​8 January 2015 marked the date that the team at Sandvik's Val d'Or branch, Canada, achieved a whole year Lost Time Injury (LTI) free.

This achievement is a result of the commitment and dedication of all employees at the Val d’Or site to Environment, Health and Safety (EHS). There has also been a great amount of support from field staff and management and from the Canadian EHS team who have helped Val D’Or employees to achieve their goal by providing ongoing initiatives that are focused on improving safety and employee well-being at the facility, which as a consequence have helped to eliminate accidents.

Sandvik Eclipse™

February 27th, 2015

Sandvik Eclipse™ is the world's first fluorine-free fire foam for mobile fire suppression. Not only does it provide a safer solution for those handling it, it is also better for the environment.

Developed and launched in Australia, Sandvik Eclipse™ is perfect for warm weather climates: it delivers sub-optimal performance in temperatures below zero, which limits the range of countries in which it can be sold at this time. R&D is continuing to improve and expand its range, but initially the product will be exported to South East Asia, Africa, Europe and North & South America.

Sandvik Eclipse™ is suitable for mobile plants and equipment used in surface and underground mining and a number of other industries, including construction.

Further information about Sandvik fire suppression systems and, more specifically, Sandvik Eclipse™, is available on the Sandvik Mining website.

2 sites, 2 years' LTI free

February 12th, 2015

Sandvik Mining UK & Ireland sites Portlaoise (Ireland) and Doncaster (England) both passed a milestone of two years' LTI (Lost Time Injury) free in December 2014 (on 5 December and 12 December 2014 respectively).

Both sites have office and workshop facilities, supported by a spare parts order desk, sales team and service team. Machines are overhauled and maintained within the workshops and service engineers deployed from the sites to attend local mines, where they service and maintain Sandvik mining machinery in underground environments, sometimes of a difficult and potentially high hazard nature.

They have each succeeded in achieving two years without an LTI as a result of the local teams’ commitment to improving their Leading Indicator profile, assisted by regular Take 5 risk assessments and toolbox talks.

A proactive approach of this nature can undoubtedly help to reduce hazards and accidents for both our employees and our customers.

New sustainable Sandvik Mining HQ

February 11th, 2015

Sandvik Mining recently moved its Amsterdam Headquarters to the 'World’s Most Sustainable Office Building' (2014).

The new building, known as “The Edge”, acquired recognition in 2014 as the World’s Most Sustainable Office Building based on its BREEAM(*) score of 98.36%. The building is considered to be “energy neutral”, offering many innovative ways to save on energy costs as well as providing an optimal working environment.

(*) BREEAM: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology

The solar panels that cover the building’s south façade and an aquifer thermal energy storage system (located approximately 130metres below ground level) generate enough energy to heat and cool the entire building.

An intelligent LED powered lighting system enables the monitoring of light, movement and temperature throughout the building. This means that when the building is empty, or almost empty, energy sources such as light and temperature can be moderated and managed accordingly - thus preventing unnecessary energy consumption.

The building also has a water management program, whereby rainwater is collected for reuse in the site’s toilets and for watering the gardens.

Sandvik once again included in world renowned sustainability list

January 22nd, 2015

​Every year since 2004, The Sustainability Yearbook has listed the world's most sustainable companies in each industry as determined by their score in RobecoSAM's annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused on sustainability investing which also publishes the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

Over 3000 of the world’s largest companies are invited to participate in the CSA each year. This is the sixth time Sandvik has been included in the Yearbook, one of only ten Swedish companies to make the list.

This type of recognition illustrates Sandvik’s success in becoming one of the top 15 % of companies for sustainability within the machinery and electrical equipment industry. Furthermore that Sandvik also achieved a score within 30% of the best-performing company in their industry. The aforementioned achievement is mandatory for a company to qualify as one of the eighteen Sustainability Yearbook Members on the 2015 RobecoSAM list.

Eligibility for inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook is determined by two parameters. Firstly the sustainability scores derived from the CSA, and secondly, a qualitative screen based on RobecoSAM’s Media & Stakeholder Analysis which evaluates a company’s response to critical sustainability issues that may arise during the measured year.

To read more about Sandvik and sustainability please visit the Sandvik website.

Guadalajara site, Mexico passes OHSAS and ISO standards

December 1st, 2014

The Sandvik Mining and Construction site: Guadalajara has passed its OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 audits.

The site passed these two important audits, finishing with zero open non-conformances, but this isn’t the only achievement they are celebrating as today (1 December) they have also achieved 537 days without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI).  This milestone has encouraged and motivated the site to keep focused in their actions and to ensure that sound decisions are made in relation to operations and way of working in order to strive towards their continuous goal of zero harm.

PU Canning Vale, Perth, Australia: 7 years without a Lost Time Injury

November 28th, 2014

On 24th November 2014 the Sandvik Rock Tools production facility in Canning Vale, Perth, Australia achieved a total of 2555 days without a single LTI

This production unit is a machining workshop where heavy machinery is operated. The employees at the site work with big CNC machines, forklifts and parts that can weigh over 200kg each. It is a potentially high risk area to operate in however there is a strong safety culture at the site, and the team’s success has been achieved through a commitment to keeping people safe and in good health, whilst also taking care of the environment through appropriate risk and hazard training.

Sandvik to present at the International Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health and Safety in Mines

November 19th, 2014

5 December 2014, Halic Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Sandvik’s presentation will be on the subject of machine safety design principles.  Find out more on our events page.

Sandvik Vespasiano, Brazil, celebrate 1500 days without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI)

October 23rd, 2014

The team at Sandvik Vespasiano have been truly committed to making sure that the environment they work in is safe and healthy.

‘Certo a Partir de Mim’ is their motto which translates as ‘Always do the Right Thing First Time’. This commitment and sense of responsibility for the environment, their health and safety is reflected in their recent achievement, on 16 September, of reaching 1500 days without an LTI.

The team at the Vespasiano site explains that the reason they have done so well is not only because they always strive for excellence through getting things right first time, but also because they have received support from everyone on all levels of their organisation. The team have been active in taking various measures to help prevent accidents such as using the ‘5S’ program, daily safety dialogues, regular process and system audits, training and events to create awareness and frequent reporting of potential hazards and risks in the workplace.

Production Unit Conveyor Components, Australia celebrate 12 months Lost Time Injury free

October 8th, 2014

The Conveyor Components production unit team for product area Mining Systems in Sandvik Australia, Bayswater are celebrating a whole 12 months without a Lost Time Injury achieved as of 6 October 2014.

The introduction of a number of production and environment improvements within the last couple of years, including ‘5S’ and Lean management among others have contributed to the site’s success.

The result is a high-performing and safer manufacturing environment.

3 safety records achieved by Sandvik USA

September 8th, 2014

Sandvik sales area USA celebrated the achievement of 3 safety records in the first half of 2014.

Sandvik Mining and Construction’s Brier Hill location reached 5 years of zero ‘Lost Time Injuries’ (LTIs) on April 23rd 2014, whereas each of the company’s Elko and Spokane sites reached a grand total of 7 years LTI – free, on May 2nd 2014 and June 1st 2014 respectively.

Paul Painter, General Manager, USA is proud of this achievement and comments on the fact that in order to achieve such results it is important to demonstrate a commitment to the environment, and health and safety of oneself and those around you, both in work and at home: “Too often, we all have a way of falling into routines where our minds wander off the task at hand or we recklessly jump ahead of ourselves to what needs to happen next. It takes day-to-day practice and active awareness to make safety in the workplace happen.”

Congratulations to the teams at Brier Hill, Elko and Spokane for these achievements.

'National Safety Awards of Excellence' - Make it Count!

September 3rd, 2014

Make it Count has made it as a finalist in the Australian National Safety Awards of Excellence

Sandvik Mining, Australia, nominated the Make it Count campaign for the category: ‘Best communication of a safety message’ in the National Safety Awards of Excellence and as a result the nomination has made it as a finalist.  Check out the awards page for more details.

Zero LTIs for Sandvik PU, Winnipeg

July 22nd, 2014

Sandvik’s Production Unit in Winnipeg, Canada, accomplished a whole year without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI) on the 4th July 2014.

This achievement is a result of the strong commitment and dedication to health and safety among the site’s employees, including everyone from field support personnel, to management teams. It is also thanks to the EHS team in Canada that PU Winnipeg has reached this goal as they have provided continued support of the site’s EHS initiatives to improve safety and eliminate LTIs.

PU Site Manager Peter Corcoran comments: “This is, of course, simply the beginning of our journey. Now that the foundations for managing safety are in place at the Winnipeg plant, it is our objective to achieve “zero harm” to all our employees, contractors and customers as we move forward towards our next target of 2 years’ LTI free.”

Sandvik AC Mining Jiading celebrates 1 Year LTI-Free

July 18th, 2014

On the 4th July 2014, Sandvik AC Mining Jiading, China, celebrated their achievement of a whole year without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI).

This achievement is a result of the hard work and effort that the team in Jiading has put in to help ensure a working environment that is safe and healthy. The team has made a ‘promise’ to always take the time to assess the situation around them before embarking on a task in order to prevent any unnecessary hazards or accidents happening.

This commitment to safety and to EHS as a whole shows a real dedication on an individual level to keep themselves and their colleagues safe and healthy.  

Impressive 5 years LTI-free for Brisbane hub

July 15th, 2014

On Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 4.30pm, Sandvik Distribution Services Brisbane Hub reached the major safety milestone of five years without any Lost Time Injuries (LTIs).

The team is made up of 47 people, including both office and warehouse staff. Their remarkable achievement is a result of hard work, dedication and a strong focus on many aspects of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), including hazard reporting, Take 5 risk assessments, Toolbox meetings and regular inspections.

Consistent and persistent commitment from site management also helped to create a strong culture of EHS throughout the workforce. Continual improvement of EHS within the workplace and an emphasis on risk management and training were also contributing factors to this team’s success.

731 injury-free days for the Sandvik Masbate team

July 7th, 2014

The Sandvik Masbate team is very proud of their achievement of 731 days without a Lost Time Injury.

Sandvik Masbate is located approximately an hour’s flight south of Manila on Masbate island in the Philippines. The team holds the responsibility of maintaining several Sandvik Dpi1500 surface drills, and through shift work, operate on a 24hr, 7 days-a-week basis.

Through hard work and diligence, the 731 injury-free day milestone was achieved on June 30th 2014. Well done to all involved in making this happen!

2000 reasons to celebrate in Sandvik Mining and Cosntruction in Zeltweg, Austria

June 11th, 2014

The pre & gear assembly production area of Sandvik’s Mining and Construction site in Zeltweg, Austria achieved a new personal record of 2000 days without any Lost Time Injuries (LTIs).

This achievement demonstrates a significant increase in the level of Environment, Health and Safety maturity of the department and shows that the objective of zero LTIs is achievable. The site is encouraging all employees and managers to continue to focus on EHS in order to maintain the success they have had in the long term.

Safety Communication Month, China

June 1st, 2014

​June is 'China Safety Communication Month'

This year Sandvik Mining in China has chosen to focus on strengthening safety awareness and improving on safety management.

These topics and ways in which they can be achieved will be conveyed in the form of various EHS related activities including presentations and training sessions.  All Sandvik China employees are being encouraged to take part in promoting and living the safety message.

500 LTI free days for Sandvik Lyon plant

May 15th, 2014

Sandvik Lyon Plant passed a remarkable safety milestone of 500 LTI (Lost Time Injury) free days at the end of March. 

“A 500-days LTI-free safety record is a tremendous success when your daily operations involve manufacturing equipment. Providing safe environments and well-trained employees are core values of PA UG Drilling, and this milestone showcases the true extent of our commitment to safety. The achievement of the safety milestone is all down to the total dedication and uncompromising vigilance of the Lyon Plant’s people on site. I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of the Lyon Team for their contribution to the proudly guarded EHS milestone. Keep up the good work”, said Jan Petzold, Vice President of PA UG Drilling

Sandvik Mining in Norilsk, Russia celebrates 950 LTI-free days

May 13th, 2014

The Norilsk division of Sandvik Mining has celebrated 950 days without lost-time injuries. The division has reached the zero LTIFR level (lost time injury frequency rate) in its region due to the coordinated team efforts of employees, heads of sites and the division Head.

Interesting fact: In 2013 the Norilsk division developed and commissioned a new design of drill boom support, designed to reduce the risk of the boom falling and injuring maintenance employees. The new supports are not only more reliable, but also lighter than the previous ones, making them easier to move.

1 Year Zero LTI For Alachua PU

April 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Sandvik Mining Alachua Production Unit who achieved 1 year with zero Lost Time Injuries (LTIs). Friday, April 11.

Ken Stapylton, Alachua site manager and VP of surface drilling, credits Alachua’s front-line supervisors with driving this EHS achievement, saying they developed a safety culture based on communication and accountability and that their leadership has created an engaged workforce and a safer environment for everyone.

National Safety Week, India

April 23rd, 2014

As part of National Safety Week in India, the Sandvik Mining India team engaged in a series of events at major customer sites.

The ‘Make it Count’ message was actively promoted at the events and activities included competitions based on various aspects of safety, such as the prevention of hand and finger injury and hazard & near miss reporting. Mindful of the fact that safety is a 24/7 issue, not simply something that is related to the work environment, themes also included “Safety starts at home” and “My father’s safety is my family’s safety”, in which employees’ families were encouraged to participate.

All involved are to be congratulated upon this initiative, which was clearly a resounding success in demonstrating Sandvik’s commitment to working alongside its customers in the drive for “zero harm”.

Take 5 Version 2.0 Out Now!

April 15th, 2014

Take 5 V.2.0 is now available to download in the app store. You can also visit the web app to test the risk assessment tool.

This upgraded version brings more user-friendly features for conducting risk assessments, for example, it saves users time by presenting a list of the most common task options carried out.

Zero LTIs For Sandvik Mining!

April 7th, 2014

Sandvik Mining are celebrating their incredible achievement of having no lost time injuries (LTIs) for the month of March 2014. The aim has always been zero harm in the workplace and stronger targets to reduce or even eliminate LTIs have been continuously enforced.

We are now striving to achieve zero LTIs for each month going forward – a hard target we know, however potentially obtainable with the right attitude and education of environment, health and safety at work.

Such a fantastic achievement as zero LTIs can only be achieved by the involvement of all employees and is an indication of our strong safety culture at Sandvik.