It is well-understood that shortcomings in occupational health and safety (OHS) management can have serious adverse consequences not only for the health and well-being of employees and their families but also for the reputation of a company. Therefore, the Company has made a conscious commitment to create a working environment in which all employees including anyone who works for us, are guaranteed the safest possible workplace and conditions.
The Company has clearly stated the OHS Policy and “3 Zeroes” target as follows:
The Sustainability Committee annually reviews all OHS policies, strategies, and annual targets. This committee is chaired by the CEO and it is the highest governance body for OHS management. In addition, OHS performance is one of the KPIs of CEO and management at all business units.
To achieve 3 Zeroes, the Company has implemented a safety culture, covering the process for occupational health and safety management system strengthening, safety competency enhancement, and safety awareness instillation. The safety culture has been developed based upon the ISO 45001 and industry best practices. This management system is regularly reviewed to ensure its compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. Moreover, the verification by an independent certification body is also performed.
· Hazard identification and risk assessment
The Company makes use of hazard identification and risk assessment tools to evaluate both routine and non-routine tasks. These include the Job Safety Environment Analysis (JSEA), the Green Card/Yellow Card system, the Safety Health Environment Accountability Program (SHEAP) used in the mining business in Indonesia, the SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, and Manage) used in the mining business in Australia, and the Safety Walk Down program used in the thermal power business in China.
· Risk management measure determination
The Company determines work-related hazards using a hierarchy of controls. Supervisors have the role of carrying out a risk assessment and then communicating both risks and control measures to the employees prior to the commencement of any operation. Moreover, if any hazard or threat to workplace safety is discovered at any time, all employees and contractors are able to stop working immediately and could return to work only if the threat is resolved.
· Work environment management
The Company regularly monitors the work environment according to the risk factors in each area such as the measurement of air quality, noise, and lighting levels in the workplaces to ensure that all workers have safe and healthy work environment. Furthermore, the Company provides emergency equipment and first aid kits in suitable quantities with easy access, and personal protective equipment is also provided for all workers depending upon the needs of their jobs.
· Incident reporting and investigation
Should an incident take place, it must be reported by those involved or whoever witnessed that incident to their direct supervisors in order to determine its severity level, then report further to related person via the specified channels. In the case of major incidents, the Company will establish an experienced team to investigate root cause, suggest preventive measures, and determine the sources of any similar potential dangers. The incident investigation, along with corrective and preventive actions, will be reported in the monthly management meetings.
· Emergency response
The Company has established medical service centers to advise employees on health-related matters. Moreover, the mobile medical center is standby if an emergency arises in the workplace. In addition, the Company also provides medical evacuation services through International SOS Service.
· Employee engagement & communication
Employees at all levels have a part to play in OHS management. The safety health and environmental (SHE) committee, comprising of representatives from the Company and employees has been established. They together inspect all working areas for any unsafe conditions. In addition, the Company promotes OHS awareness through various communication channels including electronic newsletter, meeting before the start of work, knowledge sharing session, and annual corporate strategic meeting, etc.
· Training and development
The Company provides OHS training to managements and employees in accordance with the risks identified and in line with the relevant regulations. Typical training courses include safety for newcomers, safety at the supervisory and managerial levels, basic firefighting, work hazard analysis, work permit management, and lockout-tagout system. The employees then undergo further assessment to determine whether they have acquired sufficient OHS knowledge.
· Health promotion
For newcomers, health check-ups are provided, while all employees receive an annual health check related to their occupational risk factors, for instance, pulmonary function tests, audiometric tests, and mental health care under the employee health database. Moreover, the Company also provides various health promotion activities.
· Prevention and minimization of impact in the supply chain
Realizing the OHS risks in the supply chain, the Company has announced the Contractor’s HSE Management Standards, while requiring that every business unit must implement the Contractor Management System, covering selection of the new contractors and management of the existing contractors. The HSE contractor audit is regularly conducted to ensure that all OHS risks are properly managed.