Health,Safety and Environmental (HSE) Policy
SGSL vision is an Incident and Injury Free workplace, with no harm to people and no damage to the environment. Identification and evaluation of all HSE hazards or aspects and the management of their risks or impacts to acceptable levels. Compliance with all applicable HSE legislation. Prevention of accidents, injuries, and pollution. Intolerance of the conditions and behaviours that contribute to incidents and injuries. Reduction of waste and conservation of resources. Recording and communicating HSE performance throughout the organization. Continual improvement of HSE performance.
The company is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and ensuring that all business activities are conducted in a manner that protects the environment. The aims of this policy shall be achieved at all company locations by adhering to the following principles: The Managing Director and senior management shall visibly uphold the principles of this policy and integrate them throughout the company, while the Board of Directors of SGSL shall regularly review HSE performance.Management and supervisory personnel at each division and location shall be responsible for implementing and maintaining the HSE management system necessary to sustain this policy. Contractors and Subcontractors shall work in accordance with this policy and comply with applicable HSE legislation. Regular HSE audits shall be done to determine conformance to the management system. Every employee, whose work may create a significant HSE impact, shall be trained and held accountable for complying with the policy and related procedures, practices, instructions and rules. Working safely and in an environmentally appropriate manner are conditions of employment. Each employee has a duty to report workplace conditions or practices that pose a safety hazard or threaten the environment and to take reasonable actions to alleviate such risks. Everyone is responsible for recognizing that by risking incident or injury, they are putting in jeopardy what they value and those they care for.
Health, Safety & Environmental Principles
1. HSE Commitment
2. Management and Resources
3. Communication and Consultation
5. Hazardous Materials
6. Design and Engineering
7. Management of Change
8. Procurement and Contracts
9. Field Execution
10. Emergency Situations
11. Contractors and Suppliers
12. Environmental Impacts
13. HSE Performance Reporting
15. Sustainable Development
Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Commitment
All offices and projects shall establish Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards consistent with SGSL’s HSE Policy and as necessary to at least comply with and where possible exceed local statutory requirements.
The appropriate organization and accountabilities to implement SGSL’s HSE Policy shall be established.
Management and Resources
Management shall implement SGSL’s HSE Policy and shall establish and monitor programs aimed at the continual improvement of performance.
Responsibilities and authorities of those personnel charged with the implementation of these standards shall be defined.
Appropriate HSE and engineering support resources and facilities shall be made available to assist line management.
Communication and Consultation
Systems shall be established to make relevant information available to employees, contractors, clients, and the public concerning the effects of SGSL’s activities on the health and safety of people and of the environment.
Relevant information shall be made available to facilitate continual improvement in performance. There shall be consultation and communication with staff to promote involvement in improvement programs.
Training needs shall be identified and implemented to allow managers and employees to work with proper regard for the health and safety of themselves and others and for environmental protection. Training and validation arrangements shall be reviewed regularly.
A complete and current inventory of all products, wastes, and other materials present in the workplace shall be maintained for the identification and assessment of hazards. Appropriate information shall be maintained to enable all materials used in the office and/or on site to be properly handled, stored, transported, used, and disposed. Appropriate limits for workplace exposure to relevant materials and physical agents shall be established and disseminated.
Design and Engineering
Systems shall be maintained for the management of projects and the design of facilities, plants, equipment, and processes. Design and engineering shall be performed in accordance with relevant SGSL engineering guidelines and local codes and regulations. Relevant studies shall be conducted in order to eliminate hazards where possible and reduce risk to “as low as reasonably practicable.”
Risk-reducing measures and residual/risks shall be communicated to all interested parties.
Management of Change
Changes shall not be implemented that compromise HSE performance.
Proposals for change shall be registered and assessed, and changes shall be authorized. Appropriate hazard studies shall be conducted and necessary design considerations made, and all changes shall be properly engineered and recorded.
Procurement and Contracts
Health, Safety and Environmental considerations shall be taken into account prior to selection / order / purchase of materials, equipment, products, and contractors. The health, Safety and Environmental factors associated with any order / purchase or contract from conception through to ultimate use shall be managed responsibly and ethically.
Systems of work shall be developed and maintained to promote the health and safety of people and the protection of the environment.
Hazards shall be eliminated where possible and consequent risk must be reduced as low as reasonably practicable. Control measures shall be implemented and monitoring programs shall be arranged to promote safe working conditions and effective control.
The nature and scale of all reasonably foreseeable emergencies, including transport emergencies, shall be identified.
A contingency plan(s) shall be developed to address identified hazards and risks.
The contingency plan(s) shall be developed in association with the public emergency services and appropriate voluntary cooperative schemes.
Plans shall be communicated and regularly rehearsed and reviewed.
Contractors and Suppliers
HSE implications of work performed by third parties shall be considered.
Implement procedures for the selection and monitoring of contractors and suppliers and for the supply of information to those parties, to allow them to implement applicable HSE principles to promote the health and safety of their employees. The contractor/supplier shall be required to provide sufficient information and to take all necessary measurements so that the health and safety of all employees is not at risk and that environmental standards are not compromised. The purchase and supply of materials, equipment, and services shall be specified and monitored so that HSE requirements are met.
Each SGSL location shall prepare and maintain a location-specific HSE management plan with an environmental section, including an up-to-date assessment of the environmental impact of its activities.
This assessment shall take into account, but not be limited to, waste produced and the measures for its disposal, as well as any soil contamination issues and/or any releases of products, materials, or energy. Implement procedures at each SGSL location for the proper management and disposal of wastes and for the maintenance of records of any wastes generated.
HSE Performance Reporting
All locations shall have procedures for reporting HSE performance and for investigating and recording all incidents/complaints and for taking appropriate corrective action to avoid recurrence.
Records shall be maintained and information and statistics shall be reported to SGSL Corporate and regional HSE Management.
Formal auditing procedures shall be defined and implemented.
Deficiencies identified during audits shall be recorded formally, their implications shall be assessed, and corrective actions shall be prioritized.
Three systems (ecological, social, and economic) shall be considered in all phases of projects.