Quality, Health, Safety, Security & Environment

Health, safety, security and environment are critical to our business and operations. To this effect, we endeavour to uphold these elements with our people (employees and contractors) and the surrounding communities at all times.

We have developed over the years a strong Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (QHSSE) culture, which is deeply embedded in our working environment. We instill a strong safety mindset that reinforces the culture that everyone has an individual responsibility to adhere to proper procedures and that, collectively, we are all responsible for each other and for ensuring we go home safely every day.

Our management engages regularly with employees to inculcate a safe work culture. Safety toolbox talks are held before any specific job begins at a worksite, during which the focus is on potential hazards and safe work practices that help to avert risk.

HRC’s QHSSE is governed by our Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Performance (HSSE & SP) Policy as well as our Quality Policy.

Guided by our HRC Sustainability governance framework, our Board of Directors have oversight over the management of QHSSE risks as identified by the CEO and the management team together with our employees.

Extracted from HRC FY2017 Sustainability Report

Assurance & Certification

We share a set of core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people. By making a commitment to these in our working lives, each of us plays our part in protecting and enhancing HRC's reputation. Our shared core values underpin all the work we do and are the foundation of our Code of Conduct and the General Business Principles (GBP).

HRC maintains high standards of assurance through a 3-tier Line of Defense (LOD) structure, consisting of self-audit via self-monitoring and tracking, internal audit and independent external audit.

As part of our QHSSE management framework, the certification of our systems is important, and we have obtained and maintained the following certifications in 2017:

  • Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2015
  • Occupational Safety and Health Management System OHSAS 18001: 2007
  • Environment Management System ISO 14001: 2015
  • ISO 17025 certification for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

HRC was recertified successfully for both its Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001) and Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) with zero Non-Conformance (NC) findings.

The external audit of our QHSSE Management System (HSSE-MS) reflected the positive strides we have made over the last five (5) years. The 2017 audit report has showed significant improvement with a reduced number of findings, recommendations and criticality as compared to the previous HSSE-MS audit in 2012.

In 2018, HRC was successfully certified and adopted Occupational Health & Safety ISO 45001:2018 (which replaces OHSAS 18001:2007) just a few months after the new ISO 45001 system was launched.

QHSSE Training

Safety trainings are an essential component of our operations in order to deliver continuous QHSSE excellence. Personnel undergo regular exercises and drills to familiarise themselves with precise defined roles, responsibilities, resources and specific actions involved in dealing with QHSSE incidents.

For example, training programmes such as ‘Permit to Work’ Module 1 & 2 and ‘Heavy Lifting & Rigging’ for supervisors and riggers are important to ensure employees are clear on their responsibilities while performing hazardous activities on site. Other specific training such as ‘First Aid Training’ and ‘Confined Space Entry’ competency training courses, which give qualifications to ‘Authorised Entry and Standby Person’ (AESP), ‘Authorised Gas Tester and Entry Supervisor’ (AGTES), are conducted in compliance with all legal requirements.

Only participants who have attended the relevant training and successfully obtained the competency certification are allowed to work in the respective fields.

In 2017 we conducted 79 safety and emergency response training courses, representing a total of 587 hours and involving a total of 979 participants, which included our staff and contractors.

HSSE Performance

We have achieved a zero-fatality track record over the past 25 years and reached five million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as of 8 October 2018.

In 2017our Total Recordable Case Frequency (TRCF) records registered 1 Restricted Work Case (RWC) and 1 Medical Treatment Case (MTC).

First-Aid cases increased from one to five in 2017 from 2016. These cases highlight a need to continue our safety initiatives for our employees and contractors, and in response, launched several campaigns such as “Take 5 for SAFETY” to increase one’s situational awareness on surrounding hazards and “High 5! Love Your Hand” initiative to strengthen our hand injury prevention.

All HSSE incidents, near-misses and other unplanned events are reported. The ones which are judged vital key learnings for the entire site are analysed through a Causal Learning investigation protocol to uncover the root causes. The recommendations are then translated into action items with the corresponding accountable parties.

On a monthly basis, the “Learning from Incident” (LFI) working team, which consists of multi-disciplinary representatives, jointly review HSSE incidents from internal and external resources. Relevant learnings/ actions are then translated into a learning/ action pack and shared with all internally.

The LFI sessions decreased by approximately 50% compared to 2016, indicating that we had a lower number of significant incidents that required investigation and learning.

Our QHSSE priority is paramount and we will continue to pursue efforts to uphold and strengthen our QHSSE standards at all times.