Occupational Health and Safety

5.4. Occupational Health and Safety

5.4.1. Commitment
Hutchison Ports strives to provide a healthy and safe environment for employees to support the long-term sustainable growth of the business. With its safety policy in place, Hutchison Ports is committed to:

  • Providing a safe working environment.
  • Preventing accidents in the workplace.
  • Adopting preventive measures to eliminate hazards and safety risks.

A Group Safety Committee (“SAFCOM”) is formed in 2011 to oversee safety matters, develop and maintain safety standards and guidelines across the division, monitor the safety performance of business units, and promote the sharing of best practices.

A comprehensive governance framework has been adopted which consists of three levels:

Regulatory Compliance: This level covers the compliance of safety standards towards legislation and regulations from national or local authorities.

Corporate Governance: Both CK Hutchison and Hutchison Ports have set up safety governance processes. The Group’s internal audit function conducts regular safety audits to individual business unit. Hutchison Ports sets Global Minimum Safety Standards (“GMSS”) and conducts on-site safety audits regularly.

Business Unit Execution: Each business unit has its own set of safety management system in place and executed meeting both the regulatory requirements and the corporate governance requirements.

5.4.2. The Challenges
The Ports division deploys heavy machineries and equipment operated by trained operators and supported by frontline workers. The machineries and equipment handle heavy loads and sometimes even dangerous goods or hazardous materials, which expose the operators and workers to a range of health and safety hazards. Preventive measures are in place to avoid unsafe working conditions and workplace accidents, which can cause potential damage to workers’ health and wellbeing, and may impact their families and communities. Keeping all employees, external contractor workers and port’s users safe is thus of utmost importance.

Hutchison Ports is dedicated to building the safety culture and awareness of its staff and to providing a safe workplace. Through these efforts, the total number of incidents of the Ports division in 2019 dropped 22% compared to that of the previous year.

5.4.3. Initiatives Safety Risk Assessment
Business units conduct safety risk assessments to identify and assess potential hazards, associated risks and potential consequences to mitigate the risk to an acceptable level.

As the Ports division shifts to an automation environment that will provide employees with greater safety, SAFCOM has been playing a major role in supporting the smooth transition to the new operating model.

For example, in the autonomous truck project, SAFCOM assigned a team to conduct safety risk assessment before the launch. The risk assessment was facilitated by safety specialists from various functions and expertise to ensure all hazards and risks have been thoroughly assessed, with mitigation measures reviewed and agreed before implementation. Safety Requirements and Guidance
Hutchison Ports requires all business units to comply with its safety governance framework and its respective national and local safety regulations.

SAFCOM has also published a set of GMSS and guidance requiring all business units to adhere to.

Information sharing among business units is also encouraged. In 2019, SAFCOM started half-yearly safety sharing sessions among the safety heads of all business units. Topics shared include the new safety requirements of GMSS, major findings and lessons learnt from incidents from the ports industry and safety practices of each business unit. Strengthening Safety Competence
SAFCOM has been monitoring and seeking ways to strengthen the safety competence of each business unit’s safety personnel.

In 2019, SAFCOM published several standard operating procedures, which cover safety critical activities in terminals for safety personnel to follow. For example, workplace transport safety, electrical work safety and work at height.

Additionally, Hutchison Ports will be organising a threeyear safety training programme through an online platform for all its business units’ safety heads and staff involved in safety management to align the safety management processes and practices globally.

At the business unit level, all business units have organised occupational health and safety trainings and activities to meet the latest safety regulatory and GMSS requirements. The trainings and activities covered topics such as personal protection equipment, safety measures, safety technologies and handling emergency situations. Specific examples in the year include:

  • Hutchison Ports Alexandria in Egypt performed a firefighting drill to train the front-line workers on handling procedure of fire emergency and the prevention practices.
  • Hutchison Ports Thailand organised Safety and Environmental Day for all employees and sub-contractor staff, with a mixture of interactive activities, e.g. safety quiz and on-site first-aid training.
  • Hutchison Ports Ajman in UAE conducted a large-scale refresher training to all front-line operational staff and contractor staff on personal safety including the use of personal protective equipment. Regular Safety Audits

SAFCOM has established a safety audit programme in which safety specialists conduct on-site safety audit to monitor the safety performance and safety compliance of business units.

The safety audit team uses assessment templates comprising of international safety standards and GMSS requirements. Safety audit reports, including the findings and the safety improvement actions will be submitted to SAFCOM and the business unit’s management for review.

In 2019, SAFCOM conducted seven on-site safety audits. One of the emphasis was on workplace transport safety.