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.
Entry into a confined space is prohibited unless it is controlled and authorized.
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.
Every person who intends to work on any equipment shall ensure all energy sources are adequately and safely isolated before starting.
Drivers shall exercise great care to protect themselves and others from harm, pedestrians and cyclists shall be alert to traffic at all times.
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 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.
The use of hand tools causes accidents at our workplaces every year. When using hand tools in our workplace, we must always:
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.
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:
Keeping things in good order means the following:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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