Health and Safety
The safety of our employees, customers and the general public is of paramount importance. Line managers are responsible for health and safety and are supported by experienced health and safety professionals in the implementation of policies and procedures. Risk control measures – including maintenance and inspections, training, design standards and emergency systems – are continuously reviewed, audited and monitored to confirm their effectiveness and to identify improvement opportunities.
Health and Safety Performance
The lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) decreased for the third year in succession. While this is positive, we are still on a journey towards zero LTIs – an objective that benefits both employees and the businesses. The improvement in the LTIFR was driven by good results from, in particular, GB Oils, Allied Foods, the William Tracey Group and the businesses in the Healthcare division. Key themes for maintaining our objective of further reductions in LTIs include leadership activities, for example completing safety tours and encouraging a positive safety culture, and a focus on near miss reporting as a proactive approach to addressing below standard conditions before they become accidents.
The historical upward trend in the number of days lost as a result of lost time injuries (LTISR) has been reversed in the reported year by a reduction in the seriousness of the lost time injuries themselves and through active management of the return to work process.
In common with other businesses handling high hazard products, process safety has been an increasing area of senior management attention over the past number of years. Process safety is a blend of engineering and management skills focused on preventing catastrophic accidents caused by the loss of containment of dangerous substances such as oil or LPG.
Reflecting the potential for a major incident at one of our top tier COMAH3 sites in Ireland or the UK, more than twenty senior divisional and subsidiary directors within DCC Energy participated in process safety leadership training in 2012. The training covered core principles of process safety management including increasing board level understanding, development of process safety improvement plans and the monitoring of process safety performance. A follow up session will be completed in the current year to formally assess progress on the divisional, subsidiary and individual actions arising from the training courses.
2 A Lost Time Injury is defined as any injury that results in at least one day off work following the day of the accident.
3 Control of Major Accident Hazards.