Establishing a strong safety culture, where employees take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others, is key to achieving zero harm. We aim to identify and manage potential hazards before an incident occurs by reporting near misses and conducting regular safety audits.
The Swire Pacific Health and Safety Committee reports to the Group Risk Management Committee, which in turn reports via the Audit Committee to the Board. The members of the Health and Safety Committee are senior representatives from each of the five divisions who are responsible for health and safety. The committee is responsible for developing group health and safety policy and guidelines, monitoring divisional performance, promoting education and training, sharing best practice and developing internal health and safety capabilities. In order to evaluate our performance, we record lost time injury rates and lost day rates and set annual targets for improvement. The divisions report on safety quarterly to the Group Risk Management Committee and the Board receives regular updates on safety from the Audit Committee. There is a separate China health and safety working group, which deals with health and safety in Mainland China, where regulations can vary between provinces and change regularly.
The annual Swire Pacific Health and Safety Conference took place in November 2016. The theme was “Safety is good for business”. The conference addressed human factors, the Internet of Things in the workplace, proactive change management, health and safety management and techniques in risk management and incident investigation. It was attended by representatives from group companies in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and the USA.
Moving Towards Zero Harm
At Swire Pacific, we track our safety performance by measuring our Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) and the Lost Day Rate (LDR). LTIR is the number of injuries per 100 full-time equivalent employees. LDR is the number of work days lost to injuries per 100 full-time equivalent employees.
In 2016, our LTIR decreased to 1.62 from 1.64 in 2015 (a 1.2% annual decrease and a cumulative 41% decrease over the past 5 years). In 2016, our LDR decreased to 46.77 from 53.99 in 2015 (a 13.4% annual decrease). Cathay Pacific, Swire Properties, Swire Beverages and Swire Pacific Offshore all reported significant LDR reductions in 2016. During 2016:
- Safety became the first agenda item for key management and committee meetings within the Group
- Swire Beverages adopted interview-style job safety analyses to identify hazards with a view to improving workplace safety
- Cathay Pacific and HAECO engaged in campaigns to reinforce safe behaviour and reduce injuries related to manual handling
- All HAECO group companies in Hong Kong achieved OHSAS18001 safety management certification
- Swire Properties and Swire Resources reviewed each other’s safety procedures in order to share best practices
- Rehabilitation service providers were appointed to improve staff injury management and to implement a return-to-work programme
Regrettably, there was one fatality in 2016. An employee at Qinyuan Bakery in Mainland China was struck by a vehicle while he was delivering goods to a store. Following a full investigation, road safety procedures were improved and relevant training enhanced to raise staff safety awareness.