Neste Oil Corporation
28 January 2010 at 11.20 (EET)
Neste Oil records best-ever occupational safety performance
Neste Oil's occupational safety performance during 2009 was the company's best-ever. A total of 3.1 total recordable injuries occurred per million hours worked across the company, compared to 14.5 as recently as 2005. This level of performance puts Neste Oil among the best in Finnish industry in terms of safety and is also good from a wider European perspective.
Neste Oil's Porvoo refinery recorded 5.2 recordable injuries per million hours worked in 2009 and its Naantali refinery 2.3. The comparable figure for the NExBTL renewable diesel construction site in Singapore was 1.31, while that for the NExBTL plant under construction in Rotterdam was 2.77.
Neste Oil's performance is excellent compared to typical safety levels in the chemical industry. Companies in the Responsible Care program coordinated by the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland registered an average of 15.7 lost work day injuries per million hours worked in 2008. Corresponding statistics for Neste Oil in 2009 was 2,2.
"Neste Oil's position is that all incidents and injuries are preventable. I'm very happy that our systematic safety work has yielded such good results. All of our personnel receive safety training and safety behavior is always reviewed as part of plant observation tours made by supervisors and other staff. We also measure our safety performance very closely," says Simo Honkanen, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and HSSE.
"Premium-quality operations include continuous improvement. We always aim for better results, as we want to ensure that our operations are safe for our personnel, the environment, and our stakeholders. Any failure in this area impacts not only employees involved but also our financial performance, either in the form of additional expenses or lost revenue."
Neste Oil's safety figures include both the company's own personnel and the employees of its contractors and service providers.
Neste Oil Corporation
Director, Corporate Communications
Hanna Maula, Director, Corporate Communications, tel. +358 (0)10 458 4618
Simo Honkanen, Senior Vice President, Sustainability & HSSE, tel. +358 (0)10 458 4170
Neste Oil in brief
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company is the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil's refineries are located in Porvoo and Naantali and have a combined crude oil refining capacity of approx. 260,000 barrels a day. The company had net sales of EUR 15 billion in 2008 and employs around 5,200 people. Neste Oil's share is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Neste Oil has been selected into the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and awarded 'Best in Class' recognition for its social accountability by Storebrand. The company is also featured in the Ethibel Pioneer Investment Register and included in Innovest's Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations. Further information: www.nesteoil.com.