Work safely or not at all

We want to be a role model and leader in terms of work environment, health and safety. We are convinced that accidents can be prevented and and illness can be reduced. At Skanska we work safely or not at all.

Skanska's work environment policy forms the basis for our work to achieve safe and healthy workplaces. We believe that accidents can be prevented and illness can be reduced. We work every day to achieve this.

Collaboration in work environment issues

Good collaboration is a prerequisite for safe and healthy workplaces. We want everyone at our workplaces to be involved in planning and preparation. We value each other's knowledge and experience. We assume that everyone at our workplaces acts according to Skanska's values.

A healthy and inclusive culture

We work to make sure everyone feels valued in our workplaces; our culture should be sound and inclusive. An important part of this work is called Injury-Free Environment (IFE®). It is an initiative that consists of workshops and conversations that help us create the culture we want. As a supplier, you will be involved in this work in various ways.

What our suppliers need to know about safety

It is important that our suppliers know how to identify risks and prevent illness and accidents. Together, we create a healthy and safe work environment.

Skanska's safety rules and procedures

At Skanska's workplaces, our safety rules and procedures apply. As a supplier, you must ensure that both your own employees and subcontractors are informed about them. The regulations also apply to visits of a temporary nature such as meetings, reception or goods delivery.

Roles and responsibilities

As a supplier you are responsible for your own work environment. You should ensure that your employees and people you have hired are informed about risks at work, security measures and, in some cases, education. This must be done before the work begins.

You are responsible for ensuring that those who carry out work on your behalf:

  • Know about and follow the rules at the workplace
  • Follow the instructions from BAS-U or coordinator if you work at a permanent establishment
  • Carry out work according to agreed working procedures, routines and instructions

Industry safety training

In 2019, Skanska will demand that everyone who performs work at our workplaces has completed the industry-wide safety training before arriving at the workplace. It ensures that everyone has a basic understanding of the most common risks and knowledge of how they are handled safely.

Workplace introduction

Upon arrival everyone gets a workplace introduction. It is workplace-specific and informs you about the most important things you need to know in order to safely stay at the workplace, such as ongoing work, special risks and how to act in case of emergency. The introduction must be completed before work can begin.

Temporary stay at the workplace

All persons who are not part of the production organization or who do not carry out daily tasks at the construction site are regarded as visitors. A visitor is allowed to stay at the construction site under the responsibility of the visitor recipient or supervisor, and after a review of the visitor introduction. Drivers and transporters must always follow the instructions provided before access to the workplace.

Start meeting

At the start meeting, you should report how the assignment should be organized and executed. If there are risks and safety measures that could not be specified before the start meeting, you have to clarify this.

Risk areas

As a supplier, you must provide a basis for the workplace's work environment plan. The documentation should describe the risks that may arise as a result of your work, both for your own staff and others at or near the workplace. We have identified critical areas of risk and developed safe working methods to control these in a safe and healthy way. Examples of safe working methods are; work in the lift, safe earth moving, lifting operations and unloading. For certain risk areas, digital education has been developed, see link on this page.

Reporting of accidents, incidents and observations

If an injury, property damage, or serious incident occurs, immediate action must be taken to secure the work area and check whether additional risks are related to the incident. In case of accident regardless of severity, and observations or serious incidents, Skanska's project management must be informed immediately. Before the go-ahead from the person in charge at Skanska, it is not allowed to clean, remove materials and / or machines from the work area. In case of sickness absence due to an accident at the workplace, the supplier must inform about the number of sick leave days that the accident caused.

Last updated: 1/3/2020