The aim is to decrease injuries by developing
occupational safety training.
ESL Shipping’s operations and all of its vessels are certified in accordance with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s International Safety Management (ISM) code which provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention This certificate is re-validated annually. In addition, ESL Shipping holds the document of compliance from Finnish Transport and Communications Agency. The document indicates the compliance with the provisions of the International Convention of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974.
In 2019, there were 14 reported work related incidents at ESL Shipping, one of which required medical care. The other incidents required only pain killers or minor first aid and did not affect the working capability. There was also one suspicion of occupational disease, which is under investigation. ESL Shipping continues to focus on development of preventive actions to decrease the risks and minimise the consequences of any incidents or accidents. Reporting has been improved through the introduction of a new reporting tool and lessons learnt are actively shared within the fleet to prevent similar mistakes from happening on other ships. A good safety attitude, active identification of hazards and effective mitigation of the identified risks are cornerstones of a good safety culture.
ESL Shipping’s alcohol and drug policy is enforced through random testing and focused on testing of suspected breaches. Unfortunately, four breaches were identified in 2019. Maritime safety was not compromised due to these breaches and the company responded to the cases according to company policy and employment contracts.