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2015 SHE Highlights

European Health & Safety Award for Partnership working
3 years without an employee Lost Time Accident (LTA)
Steady progress towards an integrated SHE Management System
Excellent progress with employee health screening
29 new processes authorised by the Environment Agency (UK EPA)
All Environment Agency improvement conditions fully completed on time

Hickson & Welch win European Health & Safety Award


Partnership working on Health and Safety is at the heart of the Union/ Management agreement on our site and is the part of the joint agreement that has been working the longest. This partnership has played a very significant role in the sharp reduction in the accident rate on the site. By the end of 2001 the site had worked for nearly 2,500,000 hours without a Lost Time Accident to an H&W employee.

The site has always been unionised but since the early 1990s the only recognised union on site has been the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU). The last 10 years has seen closer and closer working between the company and the TGWU. At the heart of this close working has been a shared determination to achieve a safe working environment.

In the last 10 years, private jet charter progress has been very significant. The chance of an employee suffering a significant accident in 1980 was roughly equal to the chance of their needing first aid treatment in 2000. There were no accidents causing H&W employees to have time off work between September 1998 and the end of 2001; the two injuries in 2000 were both to non-H&W staff.

The award was given to the company in the European Parliament at the closing ceremony of the European Health and Safety Week 2001. The award was one of two to the UK and one of only 17 given EU wide.

Annual SHE Statistics

The company continued to achieve a good Health and Safety performance in 2001. Disappointingly, although no accidents resulted in working time being lost. One accident to a fitter did prevent him doing his normal job for a period. There was one Reportable Disease, a dermatitis case which again resulted in no working time being lost.
2000 Actual 2001 Limit 2001 Actual
HW Contract Total
Reportable Lost Time 2 0 0 0 0
Injury Accidents 9 10 12 1 13
Total of Serious Injuries 11 10 13 1 14
Reportable Diseases 7 0 1 0 1
First Aid 77 55 21 76

There were no fires that required the intervention of the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade, the three minor fires recorded being a fat fire in the canteen, damage to a light fitting, and a minor fire due to a hydrogen leak. None of the losses of containment resulted in chemicals escaping to the environment outside the plant, most were small leaks from pumps and flanges.
2000 Actual 2001 Limit 2001 Actual
Fires 1 1 3
Toxic gas escape 3 2 0
Property Damage 43 40 60
Loss of containment 100 55 62
Near Misses 139 163
RDO 4 1 1
Schedule 1 Reports to EA 3 1 1

Human Factors and Vent Sizing become an issue

An issue facing the whole of the Chemical Industry is Human Factors or Human Errors associated with the manufacture of Chemicals. We are developing a strategy to identify where human error is possible, and design out significant consequences by the provision of multiple lines of defence.

We have commissioned a leading firm of Consultants in this area to assist in the initial stages of this work, the goal being to adopt the learning sitewide.

The work is seen as a significant new addition to the tools of our already strong SHE Management System.

3 years without an employee RLTA

During October 2001 we reached a momentous milestone in our SHE performance - 3 years without a Reportable Lost Time Accident to an employee.

To celebrate we held a prize draw and 10 lucky employees were each awarded £1000 worth of Capital Bonds.

Environmental legislation moves towards IPPC

The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regime came into being on 1 August 2000. Our compliance with the IPPC regime is required in 2003 and work has already started in preparing our submission.

Additionally under the IPPC regime we must ensure that:

All appropriate preventative measures are taken against pollution, in particular through the use of Best Available Techniques
Land condition is identified.
Waste production is avoided.
Energy is used efficiently.
Measures are in place to prevent accidents and limit their consequences.
Effective management systems are in place.