Health and Safety
Safety is a core value for DCC. All businesses maintain appropriate safety management systems reflecting the nature and complexity of the risks in their businesses. Safety leadership and employee engagement are key focus areas to promote positive behaviours such as intervening when a situation is unsafe and recognising positive safety standards. The businesses work to continuously improve performance through risk assessment, procedural and engineering controls, training and learning from events.
Employee engagement is maintained though regular safety conversations, tool box talks, newsletters and other events on specific topics. Safety F1rst is a brand used by many DCC business to support communication with innovative and high impact safety interventions.
Health and Safety Performance
The risk of a catastrophic event arising from a failure in process safety at a fuel storage terminal within the LPG or Retail & Oil divisions has been identified as one of the Group’s principal risks. Significant time and resources are dedicated to ongoing improvements in process safety including the development of specific process safety leading indicators, process safety leadership training of senior executives and the implementation of an Operational Integrity Framework within these divisions.
Lost time injuries rates are a common metric to measure safety performance and are provided in the chart. Individual businesses and divisions use a range of business specific qualitative and quantitative (both leading and lagging) measures to maintain a holistic view of safety performance. For example, near misses, asset integrity metrics, leadership safety tours and learning from events are tracked are monitored to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.
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 COMAH1 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.
1Control of Major Accident Hazards.