Our aspiration is for zero incidents, and this is embodied in our strategy and our internal safety campaign – Horizon Zero. We detected that accidents that occur at our projects could have been avoided if basic safety rules were followed. This is why we decided to take our people ‘back to basics’ with a global campaign.
Safety – Back to Basics campaign objectives:
To help us achieve the objectives of the Safety – Back to Basics campaign, we identified six different areas of focus. We call these our campaign pillars.
In previous years, we enhanced our safety tools and processes to make the responsibilities of site leaders more explicit. We recognise the importance of local leadership in setting an example to follow and preventing accidents. We are focusing on the role of leadership as one of the main pillars of best practice.
We each need to take personal ownership for working and delivering safely. Safety should take precedence, regardless of conflicting priorities or pressures. We should all take responsibility for protecting our safety and the safety of everyone we work with.
Brent Pasula, Group Head of HSSEIA
When we are overly focused on the bigger picture, we are in danger of becoming complacent. To tackle this, we are working on setting up ‘cold eyes reviews’, an unbiased analysis of our processes and practices, at all of our sites.
We are breathing new life into our ‘Hazard Hunts’, allowing workers to perform a hazard hunt in an area different from the one they work in, identifying and rectifying potential hazards. Download the Hazard Hunt best practice kit here.
We are also strengthening last-minute risk assessments and line of fire awareness sessions. You can download the Line of Fire poster pack here.
The nine life-saving rules provide us with actions we can take to reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities. You can find more about what these are on our Life-Saving Rules page.
Improving the mental health and wellbeing of our people can enhance decision making on site and improve overall safety and productivity. The Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the wellbeing of our people,; which led to an increased focus on mental health and wellbeing programmes as part of the Safety Back to Basics campaign. Mental health and wellbeing are vitally important in ensuring that we continue to operate safely.
The main aims of this pillar are:
Worker distraction causes a number of incidents. We all need to refocus our attention on overcoming complacency, identifying potential safety risks, and reinforcing existing safety processes and rules. As part of this pillar, we will:
Safety is everyone’s responsibility, at every level of the organisation. We aim to drive safety Ownership in all our locations. We will: