KUALA LUMPUR, 1 May 2015: Shell Malaysia Limited (“Shell”) underscored how safety was fundamental to its corporate DNA when it feted its top contractors and partners for exemplary leadership and performance in Health, Safety, Security and Environment (“HSSE”) standards at its second annual Shell Malaysia Safety Awards this year.
Speaking at the event was Guest-of-Honour Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who is chairman of both the Human Resources Ministry’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as well as the Ministry of Transportation’s Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).
He said, “Having been passionately involved in health and safety matters for forty years now, I am glad long-standing corporate citizens like Shell are doing their part to recognize, reward and promote a culture of safety excellence.
These awards not only reflect Shell’s corporate values as a company, it also spreads this commitment to the highest safety standards among its wide network of partners and contractors. We must all do our part so everyone is equally concerned about safety and health.”
Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia, echoed Tan Sri Lee’s thoughts saying, “Shell Malaysia’s businesses are diverse, including retail, supply and distribution, manufacturing, and upstream. Safety across our entire value chain is therefore vital and very much a part of our DNA.
It is fundamental to being a sustainable, responsible business. In the same way, these awards go beyond mere recognition and celebration. Safety is everyone’s business and my hope is that it will inspire our partners and contractors to further improve on safety performance in a way that it becomes part of their own corporate DNAs.”
To participate, contractors and partners must have recorded no loss time injuries (“LTI”) for two consecutive years. This year’s Shell Malaysia Safety Award winners and specially recognized partners collectively recorded over 19 million work hours without LTI.
The awards are divided into three categories - Upstream, Downstream and Corporate - with three awards for each category: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The awarding process is stringent and submissions are assessed against a set of criteria aligned to Shell’s HSSE Management System and the Malaysian Society of Occupational Safety and Health (“MSOSH”).
This year’s Gold winner in the Upstream category was Baker Hughes, which was noted for the visibility and commitment of its leadership to safety, especially in the area of process safety. Ajit Menon, President & Managing Director, Baker Hughes - Southeast Asia Geomarket, said, “Safety is important but it needs to move from mere awareness to execution.
This is why we have focused on making process safety a part of our employee competency framework. To date, we have achieved 23,000 hours without LTI and counting. Our team is proud to be acknowledged for this achievement!”
In the Downstream category, Total Dynamic Engineering was awarded the gold for its strong safety culture, with its management even taking on a “boots to the ground” approach. Low Peng Boon, Managing Director, said, “We are committed to a safe working culture and attitude.
In fact, last year, we celebrated having 3 million work hours without LTI! As leaders, my team and I consider safety to be our business and this award reaffirms that conviction.”
Appraisal Management was recognized in the Corporate category for its close legal compliance and strong safety knowledge management tools. Speaking about the award, Chris Choy, Country Manager, said, “In the past year, we clocked in more than 111,000 work hours without LTI.
This would not have been possible if not for the close partnership and commitment to safety we maintained across our entire team. We are delighted to be recognized for all our hard work with this award!”
This year’s award also saw a special Safety Partnership & Collaboration Recognition go to Dayang Enterprise Sdn. Bhd, which recorded a whopping 13 million work hours without LTI in 2014. The award was received by Datuk James Ling, Executive Deputy Chairman, who credited strong senior management visibility and a rigorous on-boarding programme for all offshore workers.
Safety Day 2015 and #SaveKidsLives for Global Road Safety Week
The awards are just one part of Shell Malaysia’s deep and comprehensive approach to safety. On May 6, Shell will celebrate its “Safety Day” – an entire work day reserved to focus on safety.
Iain explained, “Safety Day is more than just an isolated event. It is seen as a significant milestone in the journey to build a stronger safety culture in the pursuit of Goal Zero, which is our commitment to ensuring no harm and no leaks across our entire operation.”
Safety Day is marked by talks, workshops and initiatives across the entire company nationwide. One particular initiative is a collaboration with the United Nations’s Global Road Safety Week, held from 4-10 May 2015, on the theme of children and road safety. The campaign, “#SaveKidsLives”, highlights the plight of children on the world’s roads to generate action to better ensure their safety and promote the inclusion of safe and sustainable transportation.
The centrepiece of #SaveKidsLives is a Child Declaration that was developed with input from children around the world. The public, policy-makers, and advocates are encouraged to publicly “sign, show, and deliver” the Declaration via www.savekidslives2015.org.
“Shell is committed to supporting this campaign and we encourage our employees, partners, contractors and the public to also lend your support for this worthy cause,” said Iain.
Continuing Shell’s efforts in the area of road safety, this year’s Safety Day will also see Shell hosting a Road Safety Awareness initiative for motorists at three of its service stations in Klang Valley. On that day, Shell staff will actively engage motorists on key issues surrounding road safety, including the importance of using child restraint seats in the car.
Shell’s commitment to safety has seen the company receive gold awards for three of its facilities by MSOSH. Shell was also one of the four pioneer organisations in Malaysia to become ISO 39001-certified for its Road Traffic Safety Management System.
The Shell Malaysia Safety Awards is followed the next day by the Shell Safety Partner Organisations Chief Executive Officer (CEO) HSSE Forum. The annual CEO forum brings together leaders and their contractors with the aim to improve HSSE practices and performances.