IRIS wishes to operate its activities in a responsible manner with respect for people, equipment and the environment. Injury to employees and damage to material values must be prevented and knowledge and working methods must prevent negative effects on the environment.
IRIS does not have activities that impact on the environment other than what is considered normal for this type of operation. Routines for managing waste and emissions have been implemented in accordance with current regulations and permits.
Through its research, IRIS is also a contributor to society in terms of health & safety and the environment by increasing the level of knowledge in this area.
The quality management system that is the basis of the organisation’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 these certifications, the organisation undertakes to focus on continuous improvement. This focus contributes to finding solutions that protect our employees and the environment and ensure quality in the work.
The risk management policy, based on the principles of NSISO 31000:2009, was established in 2015, followed by risk identification linked to action plans and objectives in all the organisation’s departments.
During the course of the year, IRIS received excellent feedback after audits related to Achilles JQS, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Registration and follow-up on all types of injury, damage and undesirable incidents is an important part of preventive work. In 2015, there were 285 reports of undesirable incidents at IRIS. A quarter of these were improvement suggestions, and thus important contributions from individual employees in how to create a good, safe workplace. There were no reports of injuries causing absence or other serious incidents. Work according to key HSE principles such as good order and tidiness, personal commitment, competence raising and a willingness to learn from others creates improvements. New this year is the reporting of positive HSE observations.
The “further development of risk management as a central principle for effective operations and a good reputation” is among the strategic choices in the strategy document IRIS 2020. The risk management policy, based on the principles of NS-ISO 31000:2009, was established in 2015, followed by risk identification linked to action plans and objectives in all the organisation’s departments.
The occupational safety service at IRIS is divided into six safety areas, each with a safety representative. A visible occupational safety service and a working environment committee that functions well are important factors for a good working environment.
IRIS is an inclusive workplace and emphasises preventive measures and a focus on factors that encourage presence rather than absence. Good, systematic work on absence due to illness, an active life phase policy and improving the working environment are priority areas. In this work, good collaboration with the working environment committee, the occupational safety service, employee representatives and the occupational health service is important. There are regular working environment surveys and safety inspections.
The company maintains an overview of absence due to illness, in accordance with current laws and regulations. In 2015, absence due to illness was 3.6 per cent. For comparison, previous years’ figures were as follows: In 2014: 4.6 per cent, in 2013: 4.5 per cent, in 2012: 6.2 per cent. Men’s absence due to illness in 2015 was 2.1 per cent, while that of women was 6.2 per cent.