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Borealis Life Saving Rules

LSR 1 - Work at height

Every person who ascends to, works at or descends from height shall ensure it is done safely and that he/she is adequately protected from falling.

LSR 2 - Entry into confined spaces

Entry into a confined space is prohibited unless it is controlled and authorized.

LSR 3 - Lifting operations and working under suspended loads

All lifting operations shall be conducted by competent persons in accordance to acceptable, safe lifting practices and no one shall work under a suspended object.

LSR 4 - Working on potentially energised/pressurised equipment

Every person who intends to work on any equipment shall ensure all energy sources are adequately and safely isolated before starting.

LSR 5 - Exposure to traffic

Drivers shall exercise great care to protect themselves and others from harm, pedestrians and cyclists shall be alert to traffic at all times.

Process Safety Rules

  • No changes without Hazard Assessment
  • No work without "Permit to work"
  • Always follow authorized Start-up and Shut-down procedures
  • Ensure the equipment is tight prior to Start-up
  • Never bypass safety critical barriers uncontrolled

Goal Zero

  • No serious incidents or personal injuries
  • No leakages or fires
  • No damages on equipment or plants
If we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it at all
There is always time for safety

Safer Together

A keyword for TA 2022 is Safer Together. We can only achieve our goals in HSE if we care about and support each other, Borealis employees as well as our contractors. By using our different competences and learning from each other, we can prevent accidents. Safer Together is a win-win situation that requires everyone's commitment and willingness to learn from each other.

Borealis does not accept any form of violation or bullying in our workplace. An open dialogue should characterize our workplaces and all individuals must be treated equally and with respect. However, if a person deliberately fails to follow regulations, or otherwise acts to put safety at risk, this can result in immediate dismissal. Together we can prevent this from happening.

Take 2

Take 2 can be translated with "Take 2 minutes" and is a way of activating the brain before the hands. Stop long enough to think about WHAT you are about to do. Think about HOW you are going to do it. Which tools you are planning to use? Think about the RISKS involved in the work. Reflect over the safety precautions. Are the actions right and enough to control and minimize the risk of injury or accident?

This is a way of working that should be used in all situations. For some works, it is required to be documented in a pre-printed Take 2 block. For electrical work, there is a special Take 2 block to be used.

Personal protective equipment, PPE

  • Full coverage industrial working clothes. Long-sleeved working clothes and long pants with a minimum of Hi-Vis class 1 on either the bottom or the top parts.
  • Helmet with chinstrap.
  • Safety glasses with side protection.
  • Safety shoes of safety class S2 or S3.
  • Safety gloves. Shall always be carried and used when necessary. Impact gloves is mandatory in occupations where high impact is a risk.
  • Safety goggles shall always be carried and used in marked areas and when necessary.
  • Ear protection. Shall always be carried and used in marked areas and when necessary.

Safe use of your hands

Hand tools

The use of hand tools causes accidents at our workplaces every year. When using hand tools in our workplace, we must always:

  • Before starting work, identify risks and suitable protective measures.
  • Use the right tools for each situation and work step.
  • Angle grinder and other machines with dangerous parts must be equipped with proper guards. Additional handle shall always be attached.
  • Check the tools regularly and store them well after use. Broken tools must be thrown away.
  • Check that first aid equipment is readily available.
  • Use the right type of PPE as eye protection and protective gloves, as well as finger saver when relevant.
Finger saver tool

Your hands are your most important day to day tool. Use finger saver tool! When working with for example flogging spanners, impact wrenches or hydraulic torque equipment a finger saver tool keep fingers away from the point of impact. The end of the finger saver tool can be held by you, or it can be held in position by a colleague to further reduce the risk of injury and allow you to focus on the tensioning.

Be brave! Speak up when you see a colleague exposing himself or others to danger. We are Safer Together.

Safe working platform

A working platform is the place where the work is performed. It could be an on height as a grating, scaffold, roof but also on floor or ground. Basic rules for safe working platform:

  • Good housekeeping on the platform.
  • Suitable platform for the planned works.
  • Use the right platform for the right job.
  • Never overload the platform.
  • Safe access to and egress from the platform.
  • Platform fitted with handrails and toe boards where necessary.
  • Always use handrails when walking up or down stairs.
  • Never use the guard rail or scaffold tube to climb unto.
  • Never use a step ladder close to the guard rail of a platform.
  • Work at height means work at any heights. Fall from small height often cause serious injuries.

Housekeeping

Keeping things in good order means the following:

  • The right thing in the right place.
  • Machines, tools and equipment are adapted to their applications and kept in good condition.
  • Tools, repair equipment, ladders, etc. are stored at designated locations.
  • Hoses and cables are stored in hose/cord holder, windings or s-hooks.
  • Protruding nails or sharp objects are removed or bent. Protruding steel rebars must be covered by rebar cups.
  • Spillage are absorbed immediately.
  • Corridors, stairs, transport and escape routes are kept free of materials and the like.
  • Potholes, manholes, openings in the railings, removed grilles and such are fenced or covered.
  • The work area is cleaned and restored to its original condition when the work is completed.
Failure to ensure that the workplace is kept in good order can result in Borealis cleaning up at the expense of the contractor.

Permit to work

Prior to a work contractor must have done risk assessment to identify risks of the work and sensible measures to control the risks.

No work without “Permit to work”, is a basic important rule at Borealis. Normally the permit is handled by an electronic work permit and risk assessment system, RAP.

Work permits are required for all types of work. Every day the work permit must be reviewed.

The contractors permit receiver need to be qualified and experienced, and shall undergo special permit training.

For critical work (hot work, opening of process equipment, pipe cutting, entry confined space and excavation), Borealis shift operator must always be present at work place to verify that work will be executed in the right place and that prescribed protective measures have been implemented.

Competent and experienced workers must be used for the work involved. If the contact person considers that, the contractor is using non-competent personnel this will lead, in order to prevent accidents, to the withdrawal of the contractor’s work permit. Any additional costs resulting from this will be charged to the contractor.

Risk assessment

Contractor risk assessment: Prior to a work, a risk assessment must be made to identify sensible measures to control the risks of the work. The contractor is responsible for making a risk assessment of there own planned works, by identifying and evaluating the risks, and implement precautions.

Borealis Safe Job Analysis (SJA): For risky and critical work, a SJA can be needed to be performed together with Borealis. Some SJA have already been preliminary performed at TA planning phase. In some cases a SJA need to be done in connection to receiving permit to work.

Toolbox talk

At Toolbox talk permit receiver inform the workers about work permit requirements. Permit reciever or supervisor shall also have a dialogue on other relevant HSE topics with the team. Each working group should have daily toolbox talks. Some days there will be mandatory focus areas for the Toolbox talks. Toolbox talks are also a great time to have employees inspect the equipment, tools, and PPE they will be working with that day to ensure they are in proper working condition.

HSE tours

HSE tour could be seen as a safety inspection. It involves walking around the site/workplace to assess the general safety of the work environment and the safety practices. HSE tour have participations from different levels of organization, Borealis as well as contractors. The minutes of HSE tours are recorded with deviations with the responsible person for corrective actions. HSE tours during TA are organized and implemented on a daily basis, 6 times per week. The schedule for HSE tours can be found in Work Environment Plan Stenungsund TA 2022.

During TA, the main contractors shall carry out their own minutes and scheduled HSE tours within their own contractual scope, 2 times per week. The contractor shall also, upon request, participate in the Borealis led and scheduled HSE tours.

Engagement walks focus on the dialogue and aim to engage people to reflect on their own safety behaviour and the safety culture. They can be carried out individually, or by a maximum 3 persons.

HSE meetings

The main contractors shall regularly hold HSE meetings with their personnel and any subcontractors in accordance with their own HSE policy for information on current safety issues, work permits, reviews of near-accidents or accidents, and updates of Borealis regulations, etc.