Total Workplace Safety and Health

Sembcorp Marine is committed to ensuring a safe and secure work environment at all times.

Sembcorp Marine’s Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) 2028 Vision Zero incidence goal is an important foundation of the Group’s work ethos. Executed via a robust and audited Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) integrated management system, we aim to eliminate harm to people, property and the environment. To achieve our goal of zero deaths and serious injuries by 2028, we have developed a set of HSE strategic thrusts that guide our actions.

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.




Committed to sustainable improvements in workplace safety and health (WSH) standards and performance, Sembcorp Marine has adopted the national WSH 2018 vision and strategy co-drafted by the WSH Council and the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. To achieve the stated objectives, the Group has in place a framework comprising our four HSSE strategic thrusts, supported by an annual workplan to mitigate safety risks and improve overall safety and health standards.

The formation of joint management-worker health and safety committees is a core feature of this strategy. Comprising management, employees, contractors and union representatives to represent 100% of the Group’s workforce, members of these yard committees and its corollary sub-committees meet regularly to consult, evaluate, deploy, receive feedback and provide guidance to the Group’s HSSE improvement efforts.




As part of Sembcorp Marine’s relentless drive towards Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) excellence, the Group’s yards continuously benchmark themselves against leading international safety standards and best practices.

All Singapore yards are certified to ISO 45001, an internationally recognised standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The yards are also in compliance with national legislations such as the Singapore Workplace Safety Act, and have attained local bizSAFE STAR and bizSAFE PARTNER accreditations. This affirmation certifies that the Group is externally accredited to independent audit practices and also supports the industry by assisting companies in its supply ecosystem to comply with the same exacting standards.

Internationally, the Group benchmarks itself 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.

Sembcorp Marine’s yards undergo annual audits as part of its ISO 45001 certification requirements and inherent company policy. Risk management teams continuously monitor and evaluate HSSE performances against the impact on people, assets and consequential loss, environment as well as reputational damage.

The Group actively encourages its resident contractors to attain the Singapore bizSAFE Star levels where they are required to be certified to SS506 Occupational Health and Safety Management, ISO 45001 or equivalent standards. All Sembcorp Marine contractors are required to ensure that their risk management systems are audited by third parties.

In addition, all yards are to ensure that the risk assessment matrices that have been adopted are in line with the national Code of Practice on workplace safety and health risk management. Employees and contractors are trained to use the company’s risk matrices which assess the level of severity and prescribe a hierarchy of controls and procedures to manage the situation.

To identify areas for improvement and align contractor WSH practices with Sembcorp Marine’s Code of Business Conduct, standards and policies, an audit of 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.



The Group ensures employees, contractors and other personnel operating in Sembcorp Marine shipyards are equipped with the necessary HSSE skills and knowledge.

Under a workforce upgrading programme, the HSSE training needs of employees and contractors are analysed and updated annually into a training matrix. Using the matrix as guide, the requisite training courses conducted by both external and internal specialists are then organised to upgrade competencies and capabilities of the personnel.

Conducted in the national language and supported by other languages where necessary, these courses typically include: Mandatory safety inductions, job-specific training, awareness training and legally-required training. Refresher training ensures employees and contractors are kept abreast of the latest legislations and procedures. Training effectiveness is assessed by trainers and supervisors to ensure standards are met.

An annual Review, Evaluate and Validate (REV) process is also integrated into these programmes, enabling the HSSE trainings to evolve with prevailing practices.




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 ISO 45001 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.



All personnel in Sembcorp Marine are empowered to exercise Stop Work Authority (SWA), report dangerous situations, and refuse to work with no reprisal should they believe that the activity or work condition is unsafe. Suspension of work is lifted only when the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of all affected parties. All stop-work actions are investigated and documented to ensure that the lessons learnt can be disseminated across the Group.

To inculcate good reporting behavior by staff, incentives are awarded and reminders are sent out regularly.  Open communication on matters of safety is fostered and a culture of personal ownership for workplace safety and health is promoted. To enable feedback to flow freely, a wide range of options such as hazard reporting cards and anonymous reporting channels are available 24-hours a day.




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, ISO 45001 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.



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:

  • HSE Life Saving Rules – an important WSH culture-building programme that helps prevent injuries for high-risk activities at the workplace by requiring all direct employees, contractors, visitors and client representatives to identify critical controls;
  • 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.



safety-healthcheckThe company is committed to holistic care in the workplace.

All employees, contractors, customers, guests are required to undergo a mandatory safety induction before operating in Sembcorp Marine yards. 

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 vector-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. Training to identify, prevent and eliminate these hazards are provided to staff and contractors to encourage vigilance.


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