Health & Safety
Oerlikon’s foremost priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of its employees as mandated by the Group’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Group’s health and safety ambition remains “Zero Harm to People”, including our employees, contractors, visitors and the communities in which the company operates. The goal is to ensure that no one comes to harm within Oerlikon’s sites or while working for the company at external locations.
Based on the belief that all injuries, occupational illnesses and diseases can be avoided, the company’s health and safety commitment is to undertake all necessary measures to systematically apply the defined parameters, processes and tools, seek continuous improvement, assess and manage risks, provide training and conduct regular reviews.
Since 2016, Oerlikon has had in place a “Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability” policy, which applies to the entire company worldwide. In 2021, that policy underwent a review and a new “Sustainability, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)” policy was approved by the Board of Directors and came into effect in January 2022. The policy was updated to capture the sustainability and HSE ambitions, commitments and actions to be taken not only for HSE topics but also for other key sustainability areas, such as diversity and governance. The newly issued policy will be accessible online at https://www.oerlikon.com/en/sustainability/our-policies/
As the pandemic persisted in 2021, Oerlikon continued to enforce rules of operation on safe distancing, hand washing, use of masks and optimization of ventilation and further continued to utilize wearable sensors to reinforce safe distancing. At the same time, the company encouraged employees to get vaccinated at centers on sites or have time off to get vaccinated at a nearby center.