Safety at work, workers’ health, the maintenance and improvement of work environments have always been our main drivers and the foundation of our policies, in a vision that considers safety a strategic and development factor for the Company.


Every single action of the Group is carried out with the health and safety of all workers in mind, whether they are employed by the Group or by subcontractors. The wellbeing of the individual lies at the center of each Company dynamic, in the awareness that safety is the right of all and the duty of everyone and it cannot be done without dialogue and collaboration.


In 2010, the Chief Executive Officer signed the first Safety Policy with the aim to underline that the Group puts safety first and foremost when adopting its strategies.


To ensure the health and safety of workers, we have drawn up the Health and Safety Policy, integrated with the environment. The Policy is binding for all Fincantieri employees and it is addressed to all suppliers. It is shared, in particular, through the coordination activities carried out continuously in the various production sites.

In order to control the processes, each production unit has constituted the Quality, Safety and Environment Committees, which meets periodically, it is overseen by the management of the production unit and composed by the people reporting to management, as well as quality, health, safety and environment managers. The Committees collects the findings, which emerge from the periodic activities of the health and safety commissions, within which all workers are represented.


We continued the implementation and consolidation of management systems in the field of health and safety at work in our operating units, with the aim of supporting the implementation of the Policy carried out by the Company.


Health and safety at work certification in compliance with ISO 45001 standard covers all the Italian productions sites. The adoption of a management system in accordance with the highest international standards involves analysis of the risks for all those involved in the production process, whose involvement is also pursued through joint inspections in the different areas of the site.


The US site of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, already previously certified in compliance with OHSAS 18001, has completed the migration path of its health and safety at work management system to the ISO 45001 standard in January 2021.


The VARD group obtained OHSAS 18001 certification for the VARD Braila, Tulcea yards in Romania and the VARD Vung Tau yard in Vietnam and it began the process of migrating to the new ISO 45001 standard. Moreover, all the VARD yards are aligned to the SA 8000 standard, which is based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Vietnamese Vung Tau shipyard has the SA 8000 certification.


We have implemented specific guidelines and procedures to define the entire process of assessing Company risks, in particular those related to Health and Safety at Work. We constantly monitor the elements of risk present through environmental surveys and define specific prevention and protection measures, guaranteeing adequate monitoring which, within the protocols, provides for:


  • Periodic medical examinations;
  • Specialist investigations;
  • Diagnostic examinations.


As part of this process, also with a view to promoting personal well-being, meetings are held at each site with employees and Workers' Safety Representatives also to identify any sources of work-related stress.
By analyzing the results of the meetings and the valuation of specific Company indicators, the consequent initiatives to reduce risk (e.g. training, organizational measures) are defined, where necessary.
The risk of work-related stress, together with all the specific risks present, is dealt with in Company training courses.


Consistently with the contents of the Policy regarding the use of chemical products, suppliers are also subject to stricter constraints than those provided for by existing legislation and regarding the use of substances with less of an impact on health, safety and the environment.


The good results in safety at work, as evidence by the frequency and severity indexes, are due to the cultural growth and professional development of the resources employed in the business processes and the result of initiatives undertaken for a long time.

The trend in accident data and indices for employees and contractors is monitored on a monthly basis, both at Company and individual site level, and is the subject of internal dissemination.
The same data is analyzed with all Site Health & Safety Managers during periodic coordination meetings for each consequent initiative.


In defining the objectives associated with variable remuneration, the performance of the individual production units in terms of Health and Safety at Work are reference parameters compared against the Company's best practices.

Training, information and prevention

Training, information and a prevention culture are essential values for the Company.
We are committed to continuous improvement initiatives, which include the introduction and constant updating of information and training tools, as well as the methods and timescales for implementing them.


FINCANTIERI S.p.A. and INAIL (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing a safety at work culture and at implementing activities and projects to systematically reduce accidents and occupational diseases. The Memorandum followed on from long-term cooperation and defines the scope and implementation methodologies of the activities aimed at protecting the health and safety of workers:


  • production process analysis, with respect to the risks related to processing in the shipbuilding industry and in particular those risks arising from interferences of the activities of internal and external resources;
  • monitoring of the health and safety management system in place for contact work;
  • evolution analysis of the accident situation;
  • analysis of the near-miss mapping model, those events which potentially can cause accidents;
  • identification and implementation of new training and information initiatives aimed at promoting a culture of prevention.


The project, consisting of various action plans, has involved – at different times – Company employees as well as those of subcontractors integrated in the production process on the topics of prevention and safety.


To consolidate good practices and the constant monitoring of production processes, coordination meetings on safety and the environment are organized which, scheduled at least every two weeks, are carried out directly in the production areas and envisages the participation of all the supervisors involved in production and the workers' safety representatives.


In Italy, the Active Safety project continued to provide training and information to all workers (direct employees and employees of contractors) present at individual sites. During working hours and directly at the workplace, the individual supervisors explain the subject to be studied in more detail to their staff, who are given an information sheet.


Since January 2018, the multimedia support Together in Safety has been made available in all Italian sites. It is a valid tool to protect all the resources involved in the production process and promote correct behaviour, including from an environmental perspective. This is a training video, with a duration of around three hours, also aimed at employees of subcontractors (a user catchment of around 30,000 people) and it is available in the 10 languages most commonly used in Fincantieri shipyards. The tool must be watched in the classroom when people enter the Group's production sites for the first time.


Like Towards Zero Injuries, VARD has implemented Vision Zero project, which aims to reduce the risk of any kind of accident, both for people and the environment.

Further initiatives have been implemented:

• using the Safety Observation tool to report any anomalies found;
• reporting health and safety indicators at the monthly management meetings;
• organization of an internal accident prevention week;
• monthly discussions on health and safety (required by law in Brazil);
• electing an internal commission for the prevention of accidents;
• the internal distribution, based on the Group’s guidelines, of a booklet with the ten golden rules for health and safety at work.


The US subsidiaries have maintained a high commitment to safety and the environment and have received numerous awards for excellence. In 2020, Fincantieri Marinette Marine won the "Excellence in Safety Award" and the "Improvement in Safety Award", both recognized by the Shipbuilders Council of America.
Fincantieri Ace Marine and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have developed and launched the SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, Manage) program that involves the employees and aims to promote a pro-active vision of health and safety in the workplace.


Among the goals behind the initiative is to transmit greater awareness of the logistics and operating context in which the individual is going to work for the consequent reduction of interference risks that can arise in situations of concomitant workings.



our target


workers: both in-house and sub-contractors




video clips for a total of 810 minutes of raw footage


HSE managers involved in the project


versions of the video course: 10 languages x 10 production units




possible interference risks


recommended prevention and protection best practices


Health and safety in the workplace: 2018-2022 Sustainability Plan objectives and targets

Commitments Objectives Description/ Target Benefits Status Timetable

Continuous improvement of workers’ health and safety conditions

Obtain ISO 45001 certification

Move from the current OHSAS 18001 certification to the ISO 45001 standard. ISO 45001 certification defines the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Management System


100% of Italian yards certified

Minimize risks, improve levels of health and safety at work, improve the Company's image, reduce insurance premiums and financial guarantees where required



In 2020, all the Italian sites completed the migration process to the new ISO 45001 standard.



Optimization of the use of supplier evaluation tools

Extend the perimeter of suppliers, operating within the operating units of Fincantieri S.p.A., evaluated through score-cards with specific reference to safety and environmental issues


The activity will be divided into the following stages:

2020 - 100% main contractors

2021 - 100% contractors with a significant presence (40 man-days/month in the six-month period)

2022 - Identification of criteria for awarding scores on the degree of health, safety and environmental compliance

Strengthen the monitoring of the supplier base and greater risk control on safety and environmental issues

 Work in progress


In 2020 the scope of assessed suppliers was expanded, even if due to the pandemic - which placed the functions tasked with the assessments on the front line - it was impossible to attain the objective of covering 100% of the main contractors (which will in any case be again targeted in 2021).



Promotion of initiatives to engage subcontractors on issues associated with health and safety

Develop a project («last metre») to engage subcontractors on issues of health and safety management


75% of subcontractors present in Italian yards

Improve awareness and management of health and safety for subcontractors’ workers

 Work in progress



Health promotion to disseminate healthy lifestyles

Develop a project to promote health in the workplace aimed at disseminating healthy lifestyles and preventing illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, strokes, etc.


75% of employees of Fincantieri S.p.A. and Italian subsidiaries

Reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, reduce turnover, facilitate hiring and promotion of a positive image and one attentive to employees' needs

 Work in progress



Improvement of health and safety at work performance

Obtain further improvement in the initiatives aimed at eliminating accidents and protecting the health of workers and the working environment


Reduction of the severity index:

15% of the severity index (no. of days lost due to injury / hours worked x 1,000) compared to 2017 for Fincantieri S.p.A.


Reduction of the frequency index:

5% of the frequency index (no. of injuries / hours worked x 1,000,000) compared to 2017 for Fincantieri S.p.A.

Confirm the Company's constant commitment to:

• Improving health and safety in the workplace performance

• Mitigate the risk of injury to employees 

 Work in progress


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