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Health and Safety

Ongoing improvements in the area of Health and Safety are consistently our main priority

Health and Safety at work and the prevention of occupational hazard is a moral obligation and a business necessity, which goes beyond the narrow limits of a simple legal obligation. Our primary concern is to take measures, and implement projects and programmes, to ensure we attain our permanent objectives for workplace health and safety, which can be formulated as follows:

To reduce the risk of major technological accidents to the lowest possible level.
To eliminate occupational accidents – “Goal Zero”.
Continuous monitoring and upgrading of the quality of equipment to ensure that conditions conducive to safe work operations are continuously improved.
Effective protection of people (our personnel, contractors’ personnel, our neighbors, associates and site visitors), as well as the environment and our installations, from the hazards that may arise from the company’s activities.
Continuous training of personnel and briefing on health and safety issues in order to prevent accidents and occupational health problems.
Full compliance with regulatory requirements.
Active involvement of all employees in finding acceptable and effective solutions for protection and safety, as well as in establishing regulations, identifying hazards and assessing risk.
Frank and open communication between workers and management in health and safety issues.

At the refinery, delivering on this commitment relies on the effective operation of the integrated Health and Safety Management System, which is certified compliant -since 2008- with the internationally recognised Health and Safety standard OHSAS 18001:2007.

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the company’s Injuries Frequency Index for 2019
million euros spent on safety in 2019 (investments and operating expenses)

Steps aimed at achieving the Health and Safety targets mainly involve developing a culture of safety and are based on the following actions and tools:

1. Toolbox meetings: brief meetings, either scheduled or ad hoc, where predetermined topics on safety are discussed. They highlight important issues, gather recommendations for improvement and facilitate two-way communication amongst personnel at all levels. As topics and suggestions are recorded, safety issues are continually reassessed and actions for improvement are set in motion.

2. Safety observations: field inspections by all employees with the aim of identifying unsafe behaviors. These observations do not focus on equipment but on human behavior and involve dialogue about safety and good practices. Employees assume an active role through continuous observation and dialogue in the field that provides them with training but also enables them to train others. Continuous inspections by personnel result in raising awareness of all risks inherent in operations and in the improvement of the culture of safety.

3. Operator Care Program: the aim is that all employees will achieve the same level of knowledge. There are defined training objectives for each job position focusing on equipment, processing and area of responsibility from the aspect of safety so that unsafe conditions can be identified in time.

4. An essential tool which was developed to raise employee awareness of safety issues is Time Out for Safety (TOS), which involves convening ad hoc meetings on safety issues.

5. Weekly safety drills which take place at the refinery where a scenario is developed and supervisors and facility personnel hold discussions to encourage employee proposals for improvements.

6. Safety meetings with employees to provide guidance and exchange views on safety issues.



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