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89 Supporting a joint journey towards zero: case finnish zero accident forum
  1. Tommi Alanko,
  2. Riikka Ruotsala,
  3. Jaana Luomanen
  1. Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland


Background Developing proactive safety culture in today’s dynamic and turbulent business environment calls for inspiring approaches and effective safety practices. The Zero Accident Vision (ZAV) is based on the belief that all accidents are preventable. It should not be understood as a target or a numeric goal but more widely as a journey where genuine commitment plays an important role. In Finland the Zero Accident Forum was founded in 2003 to support workplaces in promoting safety and health. In November 2015 it had 337 member organisations.

Description of the problem In 2015 the Forum started to develop its activity to the next level to better respond to the members’ needs. A new web portal is being developed to support more effective communication and learning. A question was raised whether the designed portal and its contents are what the members really wanted. To tackle this problem an agile development method was chosen as a method to get the member workplaces’ needs and ideas integrated in the new portal.

Results To have a reliable estimation of the effects of the new portal we will measure appropriate variables; the occupational accident frequency and the workplaces’ satisfaction with the service. During last review 2008–2012, the member workplace accident frequency had decreased by 46% while at national level the decreased was 7%. The updated review will show how the members have succeeded in accident prevention. Also a usability and satisfaction survey will be conducted in spring 2016. The results will show how well the customer needs were taken into account.

Conclusions The new portal will support the Forum’s main function: networking between workplaces and learning together. In the presentation we will illustrate the benefits the new web portal brings to communication, learning and benchmarking within the network. By presenting the results we want to inspire other stakeholders to take an initiative and steps forward in building and developing learning networks in the field of OHS.

  • Learning network
  • safety promotion
  • accident
  • web portal

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