Year 2017

On the path toward an accident-free workplace

Posti aims to promote well-being for its personnel and their ability to cope with work to ensure that employees are motivated and healthy. Ensuring well-being at work at the practical level is part of the daily work of supervisors. All Posti employees have the opportunity to influence their own well-being as well as the well-being of the work community.

Posti’s goal is to provide healthy and safe work and a healthy and safe working environment for its employees. In promoting safety at work, Posti’s focus is on proactive measures. Accident prevention is a shared responsibility.

Mail is delivered on at least four days a week, regardless of the weather. The frequency of occupational accidents remains regrettably high. A total of 1,905 accidents were recorded in 2017 (2016: 1,845). These figures include occupational accidents at the workplace as well as commuting accidents which led to an absence.

Improving and promoting occupational safety are important development areas for Posti. This work is done consistently in three areas:

  1. A systematic approach to the management of occupational safety
  2. Increasing competence and awareness
  3. Procedures, working methods and tools

Good safety management, the competence of personnel and maintaining awareness of occupational safety issues help us improve our best practices and develop our culture. Appropriate tools and methods ensure a smooth workflow.

At Posti, we are committed to the following occupational safety principles:

  1. Safety comes first
  2. The responsibility for safety management belongs to Posti’s leadership and managers
  3. Safety starts with me
  4. Posti is committed to working together throughout the organization to develop our safety
  5. Workplace safety improvement at Posti is consistent and systematic

Developing procedures and competencies

Managing safety risks lays the foundation for a safe operating environment. Workplace surveys and risk assessments are ongoing activities at Posti.

Posti is implementing company-level minimum requirements for occupational safety in order to adopt systematic approaches and harmonize working methods. These areas are developed continuously and compliance is evaluated by internal assessment processes.

In 2016, Posti partnered with the Institute of Marketing to launch a Specialist Qualification in Management focused on occupational safety management. The first batch completed the program in fall 2016 and the second batch started in spring 2017. The training program is aimed at supervisors and it includes more than 20 participants. The results of the program can be seen in the work community as a whole. By promoting and strengthening occupational safety procedures, the participants in the program help build a culture of safety at work.

Posti provided Occupational Safety Card training to nearly 350 transport professionals and 120 supervisors in 2017. We also organized driving style training to employees who deliver mail by car. The participants were Posti employees from Central Finland and the capital region. The training took place in eight groups and included both theory and practice. The effectiveness of the training will be evaluated by monitoring the driving style index.

In fall 2017, Posti piloted several mobile applications for reporting on and managing occupational safety. The aim is to activate and engage the personnel to make observations and to reduce the time spent on reporting.

In late 2017, we started a slipping prevention campaign aimed at all personnel. As part of the campaign communications, we established a Facebook group where employees, supervisors and experts can discuss safety and best practices in general and post warnings about hazardous weather conditions.

Award-winning smart transportation pilot aims to improve traffic safety

In spring 2017, Posti participated in a smart transportation pilot that investigated opportunities for improving traffic safety through digitalization. The Posti truck, equipped by TTS Työtehoseura and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, carried various cameras and sensors to provide the driver with real-time information on the weather conditions and potential obstacles on the road. In the future, this information will be available to all road users.

The pilot also included comparing the automatic observations with the driver's reactions. The reliability of the information produced by the tracking equipment will be vitally important in automated vehicle functions, i.e. robot cars, of the future. The pilot was carried out in the usual business transportation for three months between Helsinki and Oulu. The vehicle operated the 540-kilometre route 20 hours a day.