Health and safety

Commitment to HSE

Essar Oil UK is committed to achieving excellence in Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) and community engagement. Excellence through providing and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions and following the best operating practices to protect the environment.

Our goal is to have no harm to people, to maintain a sustainable environment and to institutionalise a culture of safety in the organisation.

We will make continuing efforts to:

  • Demonstrate visible commitment towards health, process safety, personal safety and environment across all levels of management.
  • Comply with, and where feasible, exceed the applicable legal requirements.
  • Continuously recognise hazards and assess health, safety and environmental risks in our operations through audits, risk assessments and review of standard operating procedures and take steps to mitigate risks.
  • Minimise pollution, reduce our environmental footprint and optimise natural resource consumption.
  • Promote a positive safety culture amongst all employees and other stakeholders.
  • Foster continual improvement, benchmark our HSE performance, adopt best practices in HSE and ensure learning from incidents is embedded into our management system.
  • Include health, process safety, personal safety and environmental performance in the appraisal of employees and reward accordingly.
  • Extend HSE good practices in all spheres of our operations including outside of plants during travel, in office, during sales and marketing related activities and off the job.
  • Increase health, process safety, personal safety, environmental awareness and competence through training to ensure all staff have an understanding of how these can affect their role and the business.
  • Monitor performance of health, process safety, personal safety and environment via KPIs and review this information to improve performance.
  • Respect and engage effectively with neighbours in the local community.
  • Engage with business partners and suppliers to manage HSE in line with this policy.

HSE is everyone’s responsibility and central to every business planning and decision making process.

Endorsement and implementation at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex

The implementation of the Essar Group HSE policy is the collective responsibility of every Essar Oil UK and business partner employee at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex. Our commitment to adhere to site rules, standards, processes and procedures prevents both personal and process safety incidents and injuries.

This requirement is supported by the arrangements documented in Stanlow’s HSE management system and the Trade HSE standards ETS700. Arrangements for applying this policy to major accident hazards are documented in the Process Safety Policy.

We measure our performance and set targets for improvement.

We include HSE competency in the appraisal of all staff.

Goal Zero

Goal Zero captures the belief we can operate without injuries or significant incidents despite the often difficult conditions in which we operate. To support this aim we continue to roll out initiatives such as improving the safety leadership skills of staff, simplifying our requirements, and rewarding successful performance.

Life-Saving Rules

Our mandatory 12 Life-Saving Rules reinforce what employees and contractors must know and do to prevent serious injury or significant incident: for example, wear seat belts and do not speed or use mobile phones – even hands-free – while driving.

Golden rules

These three simple rules make it clear how Essar employees and contractors are expected to behave.

  • Comply with the law, standards and procedures
  • Intervene in unsafe or non-compliant situations
  • Respect our neighbours

The rules emphasise individual responsibility while encouraging staff to intervene to help their colleagues and respect neighbours.

Safety continues to be among critical sustainability priorities at Essar Oil UK. We make continuing efforts to recognise hazards, assess health and safety risks in our operations and take steps to mitigate those risks.

Essar Oil UK’s business revolves around constructing and operating very large assets carrying oil and refined products, These are potentially hazardous by nature and it is therefore critical that all possible steps are taken to protect employees and others in the vicinity of these assets.

The key objective is to build a cultural focus on preventative health and safety from the top down - to stop accidents before they can occur.

Safety is paramount

The health and safety of Stanlow’s employees and contractors are of the utmost importance. A dynamic safety improvement plan and ongoing campaigns to increase safety awareness, based on the premise that all accidents are preventable and can be eliminated, has led to continuous improvement and a series of industry awards.

In recent years Stanlow has consistently achieved lost time Injury records – the number of man-hours lost through injury – well below the UK industry average.

In 2012, Stanlow achieved 10 million man-hours without a ‘lost time’ injury and 1 million hours without a recordable injury.

Essar Stanlow recognised in National RoSPA Safety Awards 2015

Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex was among the winners in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 2015 annual awards, for its commitment to Occupational Health and Safety.

Essar Oil UK also won the Order of Distinction for 19 consecutive Gold Awards for the Ellesmere Port site.

As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. Dating back 59 years, the RoSPA awards recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention in the workplace.

The scheme is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, with judges considering entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

RoSPA said: “The RoSPA awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Essar Oil UK, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

Jon Mason, Chief Operating Officer at Essar Oil UK, explained: “The safety, good health and well-being of everyone who works at Stanlow is core business for us. We are all proud, that for the 19th consecutive year, we have achieved external recognition from such a respected organisation for our commitment to preventing injuries and ill health.”

The majority of RoSPA awards are non-competitive, grading achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.