IRIS shall conduct its business activities in a responsible manner with respect for people, values and the environment in general. Injury to employees and financial damage to property must be prevented, and knowledge and working methods must prevent negative impacts on the external environment.
Our resources must be managed in an environmentally-sound manner; simultaneously for the company it is a good way of doing business. At the same time, financial considerations in terms of the company's finances need to be kept in mind. it is our desire to be a positive contributor to the environmental problems facing society, by committing ourselves to continuously engage in work for measurable and lasting environmental improvements in the areas of the commercial activities that affect the external environment.
IRIS is also a societal contributor to the fields of health, the environment, and workplace safety by adding increased knowledge in these fields via its research.
The quality management system that forms the basis of the organisation’s activities is certified according to EN ISO 9001:2015 - Quality Management Systems. In order to comply with the new 2015 version of the standard, in the autumn of 2016 several adjustments were made to our management system. Recertification in accordance with the new standard was implemented by Dovre Sertifisering AS concurrently with the periodic follow-up audit of the environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2004.
Via these certifications, the organisation undertakes to focus on continuous improvement. This focus contributes to finding solutions that protect our employees and the environment, and ensures quality in the work. IRIS received excellent feedback after audits related to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Registration and follow-up on all types of injury, damage and undesirable incidents is an important part of the preventive work. In 2016, there were 325 reports of Undesirable Incidents (RUH) at IRIS. The number of reports increased in line with the targets at all locations, giving a good picture of the challenges and opportunities in the activities. About one-quarter of the reports are suggestions for improvements. These are important contributions from the individual employee about how to establish a good and safe workplace. The number of absence due to injuries is zero. All events and incidents are dealt with and measures are followed up before the reports are closed.
Work according to key occupational health and safety principles such as good order and tidiness, personal commitment, increasing skills and expertise, and a willingness to learn from others, creates improvements.
The occupational health and safety service at IRIS is divided into six occupational health and safety areas, each with their own safety representative. Election of new safety representatives, senior safety representatives, and Workplace Environment Committee members was conducted in spring 2016. A visible occupational health and safety service and a Workplace 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 Workplace Environment Committee, the occupational health and safety service, employee representatives and the occupational health service is important. Working environment surveys and safety inspections are conducted regularly.
The company maintains an overview of absence due to illness in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. In 2016, the absence due to illness was 3.9 percent. For comparison, the previous years’ figures were as follows: In 2015: 3.6 percent, in 2014: 4.6 percent, in 2013: 4.5 percent. Men’s absence due to illness in 2016 was 2.3 percent, while that of women was 6.9 percent.