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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

Thanks to our safety programme, the number of injuries had declined steadily over the past 10 years. In the first quarter of 2019, however, lost-time injuries showed a sharp increase. Van Oord took steps to address this worrying trend. In May 2019, it launched a Safety News Alert campaign company-wide. Safety was top of mind during team meetings on projects, yards, vessels and offices. Teams were given 6 open questions for discussion and a film featuring colleagues telling compelling stories. The campaign generated energetic discussions and served as a safety wake-up call. More than 150 teams shared their safety commitments and results of their discussions. All team agreements and related photos were shared on a special Safety News Alert website. The Total Reportable Incident Rate (TRIR) involving personal injury levelled off and ended at 0.65 in December 2019.

Van Oord has been using the Safety Culture Ladder since 2012 as a tool to increase safety awareness and improve our safety culture. The ladder indicates a company’s level of maturity in respect of safety. Van Oord is committed to being proactive (level 4) and to ensuring that safety values and leadership drive continuous improvement. Since 2018, it has been possible to gain official certification in the Netherlands for a company’s safety culture. Van Oord decided to certify the Netherlands, Offshore Wind and Offshore business units. In 2019 we were successfully audited by Lloyd’s Register for level 4 of the Dutch Safety Culture Ladder.

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, have the VCA certificate and the BRL7000 certificate for soil remediation. 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.