Health, safety & environment
Safety is our first priority. This concerns both personal and process safety. It is our responsibility to deliver services in a safe manner, to provide a safe and healthy workplace for Vopak employees and for our contractors and to minimize any negative impact on our neighbours. Continuously improving working conditions and monitoring the effectiveness of safety related controls are fundamental to our Safety, Health and Environmental policy. Our present Safety and Health focus is on improving our occupational health and safety management. This deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and places a strong emphasis on the prevention of hazards.
Our objectives on environmental care are to be energy and water efficient and to reduce emissions and waste. In pursuing these objectives, we consistently comply with guidelines as set out in operating licenses, legislation and our own global standards. The care for our environment is an integrated part of our ‘License to Operate’, which means that Vopak aims to minimize its impact on its surroundings and areas of biodiversity. This includes energy consumption, emissions, treatment of contaminated water, use of the surface area, and care for areas of high biodiversity. Our current focus is on the reduction of energy consumption, the prevention of soil and water contamination, the prevention of significant spills and the prevention of stench and odours.
We aim to support activities that improve the lives of people in the communities in which we operate. These activities may include education, health care, community building, infrastructure or nature development. At every terminal, our employees are encouraged to actively participate in community programs and to propose social projects to their site management. Nearly every terminal participates in one or more local community programs.Nekst gives its employees the opportunity to play an active role in society, for example through community or educational programs, unless participation in these activities creates a conflict of interest. We are committed to being a good neighbor and engages with communities living close to our operations. We behave as a responsible citizen and work to have a positive impact on the communities where we operate.
Nekst Continuously improve labor, industrial and environmental safety
Create a safe and healthy working environment by using in its processes and operations state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and other relevant achievements of contemporary science;
Consistently reduce injury-at-work and accident rate, as well as adverse environmental impacts;
AS PART OF OUR EFFORT TO FOLLOW BEST GLOBAL PRACTICES, SAFETY GOLDEN RULES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND TIMELINES SET FOR DEVELOPING AND UPDATING NEKST’S INTERNAL LABOR & INDUSTRIAL SAFETY DOCUMENTS IN 2014 – 2016.
Bring the Company’s operational sites and facilities to the level of HSE performance demonstrated by its best global peers;
Improve the HSSE Integrated Management System;
Minimize adverse effects of newly commissioned facilities on people and environment.
Nekst Integrated Management System (HSE IMS) successfully functions, allowing management, monitoring and assessment of the Company’s performance in this area.
The HSSE Management System is certified for OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004 international standards compliance. It was first recognized as compliant on 5 May, 2006. The certificate was issued by an international certification center, Bureau Veritas Certification (BVQI). It is issued for three years and stipulates mandatory annual regulatory audits.
From 4 March through 26 April, 2013, BVQI audited the HSE IMS for compliance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards. The independent audit findings confirmed that the HSE IMS is successful, conforms to international standards and improves continuously.
BLN RUB — THE COMPANY SPENT ON FIRE SAFETY ACTIVITIES IN 2013
The Nekst & Rosneft President approved a new HSE model organization that makes HSE divisions directly responsible to heads of subsidiaries. This was done to enhance the importance of subsidiaries’ contribution to this area.
Nekst pays special attention to operating safety issues.
The Company routinely develops and implements actions aimed at the prevention and reduction of work-related accidents.
Traditionally, the Company has put strong focus on pipeline transport system reliability assurance. The Company implements a number of critical measures aimed at reducing and avoiding pipeline failures (such as faulty stock replacement and repairs, diagnostics, corrosion protection, cleaning). We continuously seek for most efficient pipe materials, protective coatings assuring the required length of service.