ST is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees and all people working on behalf of ST through the mitigation of risk and provision of safe working conditions. For over ten years, ST has been firmly focused on achieving zero accidents in the workplace and providing a high degree of protection to safeguard employees, physical assets and neighboring communities.
ST began certifying sites to the OHSAS 18001 safety management standard in 2001. By 2003 all of our manufacturing sites were certified. Eleven of our non-manufacturing sites have also been certified to OHSAS 18001. ST has a dedicated ‘loss prevention’ program to ensure manufacturing and large non-manufacturing sites have an appropriate level of protection against fire and associated hazards (e.g. smoke, corrosion, explosion, etc.).
Damien Tisserand, Corporate Safety, Loss Prevention & Chemicals Senior Manager
“Safety is an integral part of our company culture. Our sites are continuously innovating to make safety a way of life for everyone, including external contractors working at our sites. While increasingly strengthening our safety management robustness, we are also working on employees empowerment through regular training, communication and awareness.”
- Comprehensive safety rules, supported by corporate procedures, guidelines and training on subjects such as Occupational Health and Safety, major risk identification and assessment, chemical risk management and crisis response
- A safety management system self-assessment tool to measure, improve and illustrate sites’ safety performance, evaluating 15 elements that are essential to robust safety management systems. These include leadership, risk control and monitoring, compliance and emergency preparedness
- Quarterly monitoring of safety performance across all of our sites (including small non-manufacturing sites) to track several indicators such as:
- Regular safety visits and internal audits of manufacturing and major non-manufacturing sites (at least every 2 years)
- Health and safety visits by external experts, who evaluate safety management at manufacturing sites, including testing the effectiveness of protective equipment against fire-related hazards. By 2012 four manufacturing sites received a high performance rating (HPR) and six an adequate performance rating (APR)
- Third party OHSAS 18001 audits at 23 certified sites
- Regular safety training and awareness, using a matrix that matches basic and specific training requirements associated with different ST activities, based on risk exposure
- Reducing work-related injuries and illness rates (recordable case rate) by 5% per year
- Reducing severity rates by 5% per year
- Ensuring that ST employees receive an average of four hours training and awareness per year on environment, health and safety
- Reducing major on-site subcontractors’ lost work days rate by 5% per year.