Safety policies and contingency plans

The Øresund Bridge traffic link must be safe, both for our customers who use the link and for our employees who work on it, and the risk to the environment and property must be minimised.

When travelling or working on the Øresund Bridge road or railway, the risk must always be as low as practically possible, while taking into account what is technically and financially feasible.

In the event of an incident, both Øresundsbro Konsortiet and our business partners and authorities must have an emergency management plan in place to deal with it.

The company’s senior management wants to ensure there is an awareness, understanding, attitude and behaviour toward a positive safety culture among employees and suppliers and has committed itself to ensuring that:

  • Safety is a natural and recognized part of our daily work routines

  • There is recognition that everyone can contribute to continuously improving safety

  • Safety is taken into account in company decisions

  • ØSB recognizes and expects “safety first” and “no wrong reporting” principles

  • Leaders at all levels must themselves demonstrate safe behaviour

  • Managers must, through action, support safe behaviour among employees and suppliers, including supporting a positive and appreciative safety culture across the organization.

The company has and maintains management systems that are continuously monitored and improved in terms of adequacy and efficiency. These apply to employees and suppliers of safety services and ensure

  • That organisational roles, responsibilities, accountability and empowerments are known, and that responsibilities and powers are described and known

  • That work is carried out to identify and establish measures to address risks so the safety level on the Øresund Bridge traffic link is high and comparable to that of similar transport facilities in Denmark and Sweden

  • That specific safety goals for road and rail safety are established and implemented

  • That there are the necessary resources, competence and awareness

  • That all relevant parties, including the public, receive open and constructive information and communication on matters of safety and emergency management.

  • That changes to facilities are handled correctly with regard to safety and include risk management

  • That emergency response plans, procedures and crisis management are established, maintained and practiced, both internally and with external partners/authorities

  • That incidents and near-incidents, deviations and errors are recorded and analysed, in order to continuously improve safety and the safety management system.

  • That everyone is able to report and make suggestions for improving safety and preparedness

  • That legislation, standards, rules, etc. are monitored and applicable legislation is complied with.

For a full understanding of the contents of the systems, please refer to the individual management systems.