KUALA LUMPUR: “Embracing safety as a culture can lead to positive business returns,” – this was the consistent message reiterated by winners of the recent annual Shell Malaysia Safety Awards. The awards are held in conjunction with the Shell Contractor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Forum, which brings together Shell leaders as well as partner-contractors to improve HSSE practices and performances.

The gala event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of the Human Resources Ministry’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who said, “Shell Malaysia’s initiative in recognising and rewarding good safety behaviour among its contractors is very commendable. Promoting and creating a safety and health culture can save lives and reduce costs to society. Evidence have shown that an increase in productivity and an improvement in workplace environment were the results of good safety and health work practices. To know that Shell is supporting local companies to pursue the same standards of safety in their respective organisations is laudable.”

Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia, concurred, “At Shell, safety is part of our DNA and our aspiration is to achieve ‘Goal Zero’ – zero harm to people and zero leaks from our operations. Our contractor partners are an integral part of our business – taking on more than 80% of our safety exposure amounting to 43.5 million man-hours. Given this, it is imperative that we inculcate a strong sense of safety leadership among our partners and contractors.”

Explaining further, Datuk Iain said, “Safety leadership inspiring others to want to work safely. It is about leaders respecting people and their personal well-being. When people truly feel cared for, it opens up possibility to having a dialogue about safety and health concerns they have at work, ultimately helping them work more safely. I am glad that this message is gaining traction. This year, submissions for the Shell Malaysia Safety Awards increased by over 60% to more than 70 submissions this year.”

Safety leadership ultimately leads to positive business results.

Konsortium PD Sdn. Bhd. is this year’s Gold winner in the Downstream category. Richard Tee, the company’s Managing Director, attributes his company’s growth to continually improving their safety standards. “KPD has been growing together with Shell for many years. Today, we have grown into a 400-strong person company with 150 trucks traveling in 1.1 million kilometers every month on the road. Our commitment to safety has given current clients like Shell the assurance to continue working with us while also enabling us to attract new customers looking for a safe and reliable transport operator. Managing safety is managing the business.”

Maen Razouqi, Vice President and General Manager of Schlumberger Drilling Services – this year’s Gold winner in the Upstream category – echoes similar thoughts. He said, “Safety leadership involves every single person in the organisation. Having this perspective helped us outperform our expectations and to achieve our best safety performance in 80 years.”

The maiden winner in the newly-introduced category for Health is Song Transport Sdn. Bhd., a family-run Kuching-based haulier company established in 1984. Song Transport was recognised for its impressive and comprehensive Health Management System that judges deemed to “rival any multi-national organisation”, helping their employees identify key health issues and steps to reduce or mitigate harm. They also maintain a robust Health Promotion programme that helps identify and address key employee health issues, which also covers family members as well as communities.

According to David Lai, General Manager for Song Transport, “The health journey can be a challenging one – it is not a cheap investment. However, helping to ensure our staff come to work and go home safely is something that money cannot buy.”

The Shell Malaysia Safety Awards comprise four categories – Upstream, Downstream, Corporate and Health – 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”).

The awards are just one part of Shell Malaysia’s deep commitment and comprehensive approach to safety. Recently on 13 April, Shell marked its annual “Safety Day”, where the company dedicates an entire work day to focus on safety. Shell Malaysia also continues to champion safety on the roads. The company recently launched #ShellSelamatSampai, a comprehensive road safety movement to drive road safety awareness and behavioural change among motorcyclists and youth, which are the biggest segments contributing to road fatalities in Malaysia.

For more information on the Shell Malaysia Safety Awards, please visit: www.shell.com.my/safetyawards

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Shell is a global leader in power, energy, and gas technology and is working to meet increasing energy demand and supply challenges by delivering smarter products and cleaner energy, infrastructure, and by developing new energy sources while addressing the impact on the environment. Malaysia is one of Shell’s heartlands. The history of Royal Dutch Shell in Malaysia started more than 120 years in Miri, Sarawak. Shell currently has a strong market presence in the upstream and downstream sector in Malaysia.

Appendix 1: Shell Malaysia Safety Awards 2016 Full List Of Winners

The Shell Malaysia Safety Awards has three categories – Upstream, Downstream, and Corporate – with three winners for each category: Gold, Silver and Bronze. This year, a new category for Health was introduced. The awarding process is stringent and as such, awards may be withheld if no nominations are found suitable.

Upstream Category

  • Gold - Schlumberger Drilling Services
  • Silver - Baker Hughes (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Bronze - Executive Offshore Shipping Sdn. Bhd.
    - Petra Resources Sdn. Bhd.

Downstream Category

  • Gold - Konsortium PD Sdn. Bhd.
  • Silver - PCA Composites
  • Bronze – Song Transport Company Sdn. Bhd.

Health Category

  • Song Transport Company Sdn. Bhd.

*There were no eligible winners for the Corporate Category.