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Performance & certification

A high standard of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) is vital to our success. By maintaining a high level of QHSE, we aim to meet our clients’ expectations and commit ourselves to creating a safe and healthy working environment for everyone working for Van Oord. We work continuously to reduce the number of accidents and incidents to zero and to limit risks to personnel, equipment, and the environment as much as reasonably practicable.

Safety targets

We measure our progress towards meeting our safety targets as a maximum number of accidents per 200,000 hours worked. The number of accidents resulting in absence from work has fallen steadily since 2007, and we tighten up our safety targets every year – although every accident is one too many.

Safety awareness is an ongoing and never-ending process. In order to reach the next step on the safety ladder, 700 Van Oord managers have completed a safety leadership course in recent years. Our Say YES to safety programme emphasises personal attitudes towards safety and the safety behaviour of all employees. The purpose of the programme is to encourage a proactive attitude to safety (step 4 on the safety awareness ladder).

Awards and recognitions

Van Oord rewards safety leadership every year by presenting the annual Hans Brinker Leadership Award. In 2015, the Luchterduinen offshore wind park won the award. Van Oord also presents an annual Vessel Safety Award. In 2015, the winner was crane ship Titan, active on the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan.

Standards and certicates

The Van Oord Management System provides a framework for managing the company’s activities and the associated risks. It describes company processes and is essential to maintaining the quality of our work. All Van Oord projects are subject to this integrated management system, which encompasses our concern for quality, health, safety, and the living environment.

Van Oord is certified according ISO 9001:2015 (quality management);  ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (occupational health management).  For these three standards Van Oord holds a multisite certificate, which means that all legal entities owned by Van Oord are covered by one corporate certification scheme. In addition to this, some legal entities also hold own certificates for certain standards. Also has Van Oord shown compliance with the ISM-code and we are in possession of a document of compliance (DOC).

Please contact the QHSE department for more information.