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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. 

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 ISO 45001 : 2018 (health and safety management). To guarantee that fleet and project fuel-efficiency measures are incorporated into our operations, we introduced the ISO 50001 energy management standard in 2018. 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.