Team Leader at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, DSc(Eng) in occupational safety engineering and in the industrial engineering and management. He has more than 35 years’ experience in occupational safety. His expertise covers areas such as safety management, accident research and prevention, zero accident vision, economic aspects of occupational safety and safety information systems. He has an extensive experience in national, EU and international co-operation in the field of occupational safety.
The zero accident vision (ZAV) is increasingly adopted by companies. Enterprises simply want to get rid of workplace accidents, because they are tired of their negative consequences. The ZAV is based on the belief that all accidents are preventable. If accidents are not preventable immediately, they very likely will be in the long run. The ZAV thus provides an ethically sustainable basis for accident prevention. On other hand, zero accident thinking is both an intellectual and a practical challenge for safety work.
The ZAV opens new ways to promote safety culture in a company. Safety is a value as such, and an accident-free workplace should be a human right for every worker. Safety is also a part of the quality of production. Accidents and near-accidents indicate problems in work processes. Safety culture is part of the company image. It is easy to lose but very difficult to get back. The safety and health of employees can also be an integral part of a company’s competitiveness.