Workplace Safety and Security
Sembcorp Marine is committed to ensuring a safe and secure work environment at all times.
To achieve this, we strive to provide a safe and conducive work environment for our employees, customers and subcontractors by instilling a culture of pro-active individual involvement, personal accountability and continuous improvement.
SAFETY MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
As part of Sembcorp Marine’s continuous drive towards Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) excellence, the Group’s yards continually benchmark themselves against leading international safety standards and best practices. All Singapore yards are certified to OHSAS 18001, an internationally recognised standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
The Group further benchmarks against global standards such as the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Safety Data Reporting Users’ guide; Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s Marine Injury Reporting Guidelines and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Formal joint management-worker health and safety committees work together with the unions to represent the interests of the Group’s workforce.
STRUCTURED AND ROBUST APPROACH TO SAFETY
Committed to sustainable improvements in workplace safety and health (WSH) standards and performance, Sembcorp Marine subscribes to the national WSH 2018 vision and strategy co-drafted by the WSH Council and the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. To achieve this, the Group has in place a framework comprising four strategic thrusts, supported by an annual workplan to manage key safety risks.
RISK & SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Sembcorp Marine yards undergo annual audits as part of OHSAS 18001 certification and company policy. Risk management teams continuously monitor and evaluate HSE performance against WSH impact on people, assets and consequential loss, environment as well as reputation.
The Group actively encourages its resident contractors to attain the Singapore bizSAFE Star levels where they are required to be certified to a SS506 Occupational Health and Safety Management, OHSAS 18001 or equivalent standard. All Sembcorp Marine resident contractors are required to ensure that they have audited risk management systems.
To identify areas for improvement and align contractor WSH practices with Sembcorp Marine’s Code of Business Conduct, standards and policies, an audit initiative on the safety management systems of the Group’s resident contractors was launched in 2014.
Employees, contractors and project teams were required to conduct regular safety audits, evaluations and risk assessments on these risk topics under the Review, Educate and Validate (REV) risk mitigation programme.
SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Regular multi-scenario drills prepare onsite teams to respond swiftly to potential emergency scenarios – fire & rescue scenarios, evacuation drills, chemical spills, and environmental threats Sembcorp Marine yards undergo annual audits as part of OHSAS 18001 certification and company policy. Risk management teams continuously monitor and evaluate HSE performance against WSH impact on people, assets and consequential loss, environment as well as reputation.
Compliant to the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, Sembcorp Marine’s yards mitigate the risk of security threats and maintain high levels of vigilance. The yards also conduct regular drills in response to potential security breaches and organise joint exercises with the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
DRIVING CONTRACTOR PARTNERS FORWARD
Sembcorp Marine is committed to fostering contractors’ growth in tandem with the Group’s high expectations of workplace safety and health.
The Group actively encourages its resident contractors to reach bizSAFE Star levels, where they are required to be certified to a SS506 Occupational Health and Safety Management, OHSAS 18001 or equivalent standard. To identify further areas for improvement and align contractor WSH practices with Sembcorp Marine’s Code of Business Conduct, standards and policies, an audit initiative on the safety management systems of the Group’s resident contractors was launched in 2014.
Recognition and incentive programmes have been developed for contractor partners to encourage good safety performance. The yards’ HSE and training teams work closely with contractors to identify areas for improvement. Sembcorp Marine actively involves contractors and stakeholders in the Group’s WSH innovation competitions, which promote ownership of WSH responsibility and a proactive approach to developing WSH improvement solutions.
Yard management and Health, Safety & Environment teams work closely with contractors through joint task forces in conducting regular patrols and discussions that reinforce HSE best practices in the yards.
BUILDING COMPETENCIES TO BEST STANDARDS
Sembcorp Marine benchmarks its WSH practices to global standards, often in close collaboration with international customers. Some initiatives that have stemmed from this practice include:
- Communication, Awareness, Reporting and Engagement (CARE) Programme – an integrated approach to fostering a cohesive WSH culture;
- MoveSMART® – a customer-initiated training and reinforcement-based process to reduce injuries through a proven set of movement techniques; and
- Adoption of International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) reporting benchmarks.
Sembcorp Marine’s yards conduct joint exercises with the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Security & Safety Watch Groups in the community, and agencies like the Singapore Police Force to improve occupational health and safety standards in the industry and ensure continued community vigilance and emergency readiness. Sembcorp Marine also works closely with external agencies such as the Ministry of Manpower, WSH Council and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries, providing feedback for policy development.
The Group has an HSE Officers Inter-yard Exchange Programme aimed at streamlining and accelerating implementation of HSE best practices across Sembcorp Marine’s yards. A series of specialist training is provided to Sembcorp Marine HSE personnel to build a robust scope of competencies and capabilities. These include courses on occupational first aid covering Automated External Defibrillation (AED), Cardio- Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), fire fighting, handling of hazardous materials, working in confined space and assessing work at height conditions.
Additionally, the Group utilises a series of award recognition initiatives to encourage exemplary WSH behaviour for employees. These initiatives include WSH Best Supervisor and WSH Best Worker Awards.
A HEALTHY & SAFE WORKPLACE
The company is committed to total health care in the workplace. Regular health checks are offered to staff under the company’s health programme. Personnel in jobs with exposure to specific occupational health risks are identified for additional assessment and monitoring.
The yards’ medical facilities, onsite paramedics and medical staff teams are equipped with knowledge and skills to quickly respond to situations ranging from occupational first aid to advanced life support.
Health emergency protocols are in place to safeguard and monitor staff, contractors and customers during nationwide crises and against communicable diseases, such as hazardous haze conditions and influenza epidemics respectively.
To create an environment free from mosquito-borne hazards such as dengue fever and malaria, the yards adopt a preventive approach. Regular site inspections, housekeeping exercises and fumigations identify and eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds. Awareness and prevention training is provided to staff and contractors to encourage vigilance.
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