INDUSTRIAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Health & Safety Indices - Installations Performance

Each industrial facility sets annual measurable targets for improving its performance in terms of Health and Safety. The performance, against set targets, is reviewed on a monthly and annual basis, after which, the relevant report is presented to Management.

Since 2012, amongst other goals, individual safety goals have also been set for all senior and middle managers in the industrial facilities. In addition, HELLENIC PETROLEUM participates in the European Organization CONCAWE’s annually conducted survey and benchmarking for accidents, through which the Group keeps abreast of international developments in the establishment of additional indicators to measure safety performance.

Over a total of 7,900,000 man hours worked, 22 lost workday injuries occurred during the course of 2014, concerning personnel and contractors either employed in the Group’s refineries/chemical plants or by the EKO/HELLENIC FUELS marketing companies.

The reduction of safety indicators in 2014, compared to 2013, was quite evident and developed as follows: LWIF by 22%, AIF by 19.5%, LWIS by 38% and PSER by 48%.
(The indices are analytically presented at http://sustainabilityreport.helpe.gr/en/health-safety/health-safety-indicators/).

In the context of the European refineries’ joint efforts to introduce specific indicators concerning safety processes, HELLENIC PETROLEUM was one of the first companies (globally) to adopt and monitor the new process safety performance indicators, in accordance with CONCAWE’s instructions and in line with API RP 754, 2010 (Recommended Practice 754 "Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries"). 

Group’s distinctions in Safety

With the objective of further raising employees’ awareness concerning accident prevention, combined with operating the facilities in a safe manner, we continued with the implementation of the Rewarding Safety Performance Policy for teams of employees who achieved the objectives that were set regarding work hours without incurring lost workday injuries.

n this regard, the following safety goals were achieved in 2014:

  • 1,500,000 hours without lost workday injuries, at the Thessaloniki industrial facility
  • 1,000,000 hours without lost workday injuries at the Group’s Headquarters
  • 500,000 hours without lost workday injuries at DIAXON

Furthermore, three gold awards were awarded to the Group for excellence in the fields of education, reward and overall safety efficiency.

Safety Investments

In 2014, more than € 10 m. was invested in safety improvements in the industrial facilities. These fixed investments do not include the supply of personal protective equipment, the supply and maintenance of instruments and safety equipment, the supply of fire fighting materials and other consumables.
The amount of investments in safety implemented in 2014 as well as the approved investment program for the period 2015-2019 are available at http://sustainabilityreport.helpe.gr/en/health-safety/employees-safety/.

Occupational Health

Ensuring employees’ health is an integral part of the company’s culture. Scheduled medical tests, in connection with the job type, age group and gender, are implemented. Laboratory tests include biochemical blood and urine tests as well as x-rays, eye tests, spirometric testing, hearing and cardiological tests.

Employees’ health monitoring is supplemented with additional tests from the occupational physicians. Finally, statistical evaluations of clinical and laboratory tests take place annually in order to draw conclusions on the need for additional measures to improve working conditions and health protection.

There was no recorded case of any occupational diseases in the Group’s industrial facilities. Generally, there are no employees who are at high risk of occupational diseases. In cases where there are significant risks (e.g. hearing loss due to noise at airports), appropriate measures for their prevention are taken.