Health and Safety

Safety composes an integral part of the management system of the company and a fundamental concern of management.

The scope of the Major Accidents Prevention Policy is :

  • The minimization of major accident probability.         
  • The elimination of industrial accidents and the constant improvement of the working conditions.         
  • The protection of the personnel, the environment and the facilities from the risks arising from the company´s activities.

The Major Accident Prevention Policy is analysed below :

  • Compliance to the legal regulations and the international acceptable codes, standards and the rules of operational practice. The refinery was designed, constructed and is operating according to the American standards which exceed Greek regulations. Since then, we observe closely and we comply with every new development or any Greek, European or American technical improvement in order to ensure maximum occupational safety and prevention of accidents.         
  • Constant improvement of the Safety and Health Management System. To this end, personnel participation – through the Health and Safety Committee and also through the active participation of every employee personally – is necessary.         
  • Recording and evaluation of all accidents and near-misses, in order to take the proper corrective and preventive actions. Setting of new targets for the improvement of the safety level and the working conditions.         
  • Continuous improvement of the level of Personal Protection Equipment and fire safety as well as constant personnel training in the correct use of them.


Regarding safety matters, the following are mentioned :

  • The Refinery fire brigade is equipped with five fire-fighting vehicles and many fixed and mobile detection and fire-fighting systems. This Service is trained for every possible scenario that may occur. Immediate action is taken within two (2) minutes from the outbreak of each incident.         
  • The Refinery has three (3) fully equipped ambulances.         
  • The Refinery Safety Study was developed in 1993 and was revised in 2001 by the Dutch Organisation "TNO", which is among the leading institutes at an international level in industrial safety issues. The study consists of detailed risk assessment and evaluation of the risk prevention and control measures and procedures. Also, the contingency plans are issued and revised, when required, and the personnel is trained in their implementation.         
  • Systematic detection of the risk sources is being carried out (HAZOP, QRA Studies etc) and technical or organising measures for the risk elimination are taken. If this is not technically possible, measures are taken for the reduction of the consequences to minimum.         
  • Cooperation with Public Authorities is excellent and we provide them with the necessary relevant information to show our respect to the public and the environment.         
  • Cooperation meetings on Safety, Health and Environment issues, are taking place twice a year, with representatives from all the Greek Refineries and the Public Authorities. The issues that are discussed are of common interest and new ideas and experiences are being exchanged.         
  • There has been a Mutual Aid Agreement between all the Greek Refineries since 1988, in case of emergency. The team drills between MOTOR OIL, Fire Brigade and other Refineries, ensure the reliability of the co-operation plan.

The successful performance of the Major Accidents Prevention Policy, is very well shown in the safety statistical data, which indicate a declining trend through the years. During the years of the Refinery operation, no major industrial accident or fatal or serious disabling injury has ever occurred.

Concerning personnel health, the company has a fully equipped Medical Center at the  Refinery manned by a Doctor and a Nurse, also there is a Medical Room at the Alkylation Unit (U-3700) which is manned 24-hours a day by a Nurse.



For prevention and the health of the personnel the Medical Center provides the following medical tests :

  1. Chest x-rays : Micro-radiography        
  2. Hippurate acid test : Check for aromatic hydrocarbons (C6H6) aggravation         
  3. HF test : Check for HF aggravation         
  4. Pb control : Check for Pb aggravation         
  5. Test for H.B.V. – H.C.V. : Hepatitis B and C (Restaurant personnel and blood donors)         
  6. Vaccination : Antite (antitetanic)
    H.B.V. (hepatitis B)         
  7. Measurements of personnel acoustic ability         
  8. Spirometry test         
  9. Blood tests         
  10. Special tests : All the drivers
    a) Full cardiology control
    b) Otolaryngology control
    c) Ophthalmology control

    See the certification about Health and Safety here.
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