Positive trends in HSE Report 2011

STX OSV’s HSE report for 2011 is available and we are pleased to see that the positive trends from 2010 continue. The persistent focus on HSE gives positive results when given specific measurable parameters.
Specific focus areas for 2011 included the following four areas: Close dialogue with employees during sick leave, to give employees the opportunity to stay at work. Close follow-up on waste handling and waste segregation to reduce the amount of waste to local landfills. Reporting safety observations to prevent accidents and implementing a program for behaviour based safety (BBS) to focus on safe behaviour. All focus areas have  seen progress during 2011.
Reduced sick leave
Everybody benefits from our persistent focus on handling sick leave individually and at an early stage. This includes adapting the work place in close dialogue with our employees, the occupational health service and the local doctors in case of offering restricted work to our employees as an alternative to sick leave. In total we manage to reduce sick leave, even though it has slightly increased at some of our locations.
Waste handling
The ability of the shipyards to classify their waste and deliver it for recycling is presented as a recycling percentage. Our objective is to minimize the amount of unsorted waste delivered to landfills and incineration plants by sending the highest possible portion for recycling. The overall recycling percentage has improved since 2010. The percentage is an important measurement, since the actual amount of waste is dependent of the activity at each location.
Safety observations
By reporting and handling safety observations at an early stage, we are able to be proactive regarding HSE. Reporting safety observations, and executing immediate preventive actions, are some of the crucial tools we use to eliminate risks and prevent accidents. As the number of safety observations handled has increased from year to year, the number of accidents and injuries has dropped significantly.
Behaviour based safety
STX OSV has implemented a Behaviour-Based Safety program (BBS) to raise awareness about risk factors and safe behaviour among the workforce. The efforts of decreasing risk and increasing safe behaviour have resulted in measurable results.
We promote an open dialogue on environmental issues with employees, authorities, the local communities where we operate, and other interested parties. I addition to the mentioned efforts, several projects have been initiated.
In recent years, as part of a nation-wide governmental initiative to map pollution at Norwegian industrial sites and in coastal waters, we conducted extensive environmental surveys at our Norwegian yards. In conjunction with national guidelines, this will be followed up in 2012 with further actions and plans undertaken in close cooperation with the local authorities.
We have a continuous focus on the consumption of electricity, freshwater, solvents, diesel oil for vehicles and heating in buildings, and the deposit of ballast water.
Read the published HSE report for further information and details on each yard.
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