Health and safety
IT ALL STARTS WITH THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF OUR EMPLOYEES
Our ultimate goal is 100% safety, and nothing below that would ever be our standard.
We continue to built a safety-centered culture, and believe that the members of out team enjoy a fundamental right to workplace safety and that it is out duty to preserve and safeguard this right.
All safety measures are committed by the company’s management, and are developed together with the teams of managers at all levels. Together, we strive to put in place the best safety programmes of the industry that would engage us all, and never stop giving good advice to our employees about how can they render their work in safety and look closely into the potential causes of accidents in order to prevent them.
This approach is coordinated by a management structure, a Central Committee for Excellence and Safety, and by the standing or ad-hoc sub-committees that tackle a wide range of safety issues, according to the objective set or the problems that occur in the process.
Enhanced safety measures
We never stop learning from our everyday work and rely on our employees to constantly improve our safety management system. But despite our efforts, we regretfully saw two of our coworkers losing their lives and other two getting injured on 22 August 2016.
To prevent such events, we put in place the following measures:
- The Work Instructions of both Rompetrol and Rominserv, the industrial services company of the Group, have been amended to reflect the risk assessment that is mandatory for all Safety Critical Operations (SCOs).
- We implemented a policy aimed to help understand operation of the pipeline system. When an employee or a contractor is found not to have fully understood operation of the affected pipeline system, any temporary measure is prohibited. That operation, together with the area right next to it, will be closed pending identification of the most efficient solution.
- When any work is rendered in areas with high risk of fire or scalding, all employees and contractors are required to wear fireproof protective equipment at all times.
- Before any work permit is issued, all the risks for both the employer and the contractor are assessed.
- Rominserv checks that all subcontractors hold soundly-documented risk assessments in the HAZID procedures.
The HSE Officers attend the daily planning meetings.
In addition to the measures taken to manage each of these specific incidents, we continue to improve safety also for visitors, vehicles and equipment, as well as to prevent and ensure protection against falling.
The "Life" project continued to be included in the daily activity, in an effort to build a culture of safety for all employees, contractors and subcontractors of the Group. In addition, a special training program for issuing and approving work permits has been provided to dedicated personnel to implement strict control over the risks associated with this activity, while the personnel qualified for rescue operations within the Group have been trained by specialists to be prepared for any type of emergency. Some of our employees also participated in first aid and resuscitation techniques trainings.
In 2018, 1435 hours of health and safety training were completed. These courses were addressed to both employees, contractors and subcontractors.
A special training programme has been developed for all of those who issue work permits and approvals, in order to help them apply even stricter controls on the issuing thereof. Our specialists delivered relevant training to rescuers to keep them prepared for any emergency.
Relations with third parties
Our commitment to provide our employees with health and safe work conditions is now extended so as to cover also the collaborators which have been working for the company since 2014; Rompetrol Rafinare asked each and every vendor to operate in observance of our Code of Ethics. Each vendor shall review and commit to observe the ethical principles laid down in the Code of Ethics.