Safety management

VR Group’s values in safety management

Safety is one of VR Group’s key values.

Safety policy

VR has a safety policy that defines the importance and meaning of safety in the company. The safety policy forms the basis for the Rail Safety Programme and long-term safety activities.

Occupational safety is part of the overall workplace well-being and it is being developed by means of safety management.

Rail Safety Programme and its implementation

The Rail Safety Programme is approved for four-year periods. It contains safety goals for the period, and achievement of the goals is monitored through the safety management system.

Each business unit has its own occupational safety action programme. The programme sets out the occupational safety objectives and measures. Implementation of the programme is verified through the occupational health and work safety management system.

Safety objectives for 2015

  • Keeping rail safety at a high level compared to other EU countries
  • Safety is a common issue and requires action by everyone
  • Making risk management part of all decision-making
  • Work accident frequency 16.5, serious work accidents 0, occupational safety observations 4,000, safety briefings 2,000
  • Thorough examination of deviations
  • Better safety observations
  • Development of daily safety management and commitment to safety

Successes and setbacks in safety management

+ Less damage during shunting

+ Strengthening overall safety awareness

+ Supervisors are actively involved in safety work

+ Substantial reduction in serious accidents and commuting accidents


Safety risks

The most probable and dangerous risks in rail traffic are connected with the coordination of rail traffic and track work and with level crossings.

Changes improving safety management and results

  • Launching of safety guidelines for professionals
  • Standardised and clear traffic communications and monitoring of communications
  • Ensuring that safety deviations are reported
  • Checks on trains, shunting units, and track work units before departure
  • Less damage during shunting
  • Developing safety reporting by subcontractors