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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.

Van Oord encourages a proactive safety culture in which everyone is responsible for their own and other people's safety. Good leadership offers a firm basis for this. We have therefore had 800 of our managers trained in Safety Leadership. The programme encourages openness about safety manners, something a proactive culture should have. This is a culture in which employees do not shy away from confronting one another or from reporting mishaps, so that everyone can learn from their experience. 

Our safety policy continues to evolve. We started out as reactive on the safety ladder, but we are now well on our to being proactive. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) surveyed employee attitudes in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The most recent survey, in 2016, revealed that we have moved a step closer to a proactive safety culture. 

In 2018, we intend to climb further up the Safety Culture Ladder. We will be organising supplier days to get the supply chain involved in our safety awareness. When all our partners are working more safely, we will all reach a higher level. Van Oord aims to be a role model for the sector when it comes to safety. 

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 has been certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 (quality management);  ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (health and safety management).  We have a multi-site certificate for these three standards, which means that all of our legal entities are covered by a collective certification scheme. In addition to the above, a number of legal entities also have their own certificates for certain standards. In the Netherlands, we have certified our energy management system at level 5 on the CO2 performance ladder. Van Oord also observes the ISM code and we hold a Document of Compliance (DOC). Our fleet employee management system is certified in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention.  

Please contact the QHSE department for more information.