IRIS wishes to conduct its operation in a responsible manner with respect to people, equipment and the external environment. Injuries to employees and property should be prevented, and knowledge and working methods should prevent negative impacts on the external environment. IRIS is, through its research in enviromental, health and safety topics also a social contributor to increased knowledge within this subject.
The group´s operations do not impact negatively on the external environment beyond that which is considered normal for this type of business. Procedures for handling waste and emissions are implemented in accordance with applicable regulations and permits.
The QA system underlying the group´s activities, is certified according to NS-EN ISO 9001:2008. The environmental management system is certified according to NS-EN ISO 14001: 2004. Through its certifications, the group assumes an obligation to focus on continuous improvement. This helps to identify good measures to protect employees and the environment, and to ensure the quality of the work performed.
Registration and monitoring of all injuries and accidents are important to the improvement progress. In 2014; 245 reports of undesirable events were submitted in IRIS. Over a third of these reports describe suggestions for improvements, and represent an important contribution from individual employees towards creating a good and safe workplace. There are no reports of lost time injuries or other serious incidents. Improvements are made from efforts following central QHSE-principles such as order and tidiness, personal commitment, increased competence, and willingness to learn from others.
The safety function in IRIS is divided into six safety areas with respective deputies. A visible safety service and functioning ”AMU” (committee on working environment) are important factors to achieve a good working environment. The company registers sick leave according to current laws and regulations. The sick leave rate in 2014 was 4.6 percent. By comparison; in 2013 the sick leave rate was 4.5 percent, in 2012 it was 6.2 percent, and 4.5 percent in 2011.
Sick leave among male employees was 3.9 percent, while the female rate was 6.0 percent.
The Board and Management aim to emphasize preventive measures to reduce work-related illness leading to absence, as well as to enhance working conditions for employees with an increased risk of illness, before they become sick.
IRIS has been a member of the Norwegian IA-scheme (”including workplace”) since 2003, and priority areas are reduced sick leave and active life phase policy. There is a good and systematic cooperation with the occupational health and safety service and regular working environment surveys and safety inspections are conducted.