Health, Safety and Environment
Our HSE Management System (Health, Safety, Environment) is based on principles, strategies and targeted measures which have been developed from our business.
The Supervisory Board is directly responsible for this system. Together with the personal commitment of our employees, this brings to attention the issues of work safety and health and environmental protection in our company.
The following topics are of particular importance in our HSE policy:
- Zero accident strategy with regard to people, the environment and tangible assets
- Emergency plan for employees and incident prevention
- Protective measures to ensure a safe and healthy working environment
- Compliance with the relevant national and international laws and standards
HSE management is an integral component of our business process. It relates to the project phases Engineering, Procurement and Construction.
Taking into account the scope of delivery and services, our aim is to handle design and planning work in a safe and professional manner. This is designed to avoid incidents in plants and to help control emergencies: in this way we attempt to prevent fires, explosions and the release of hazardous substances.
In order to avoid incidents, we take the following points into consideration in our HSE management: compliance of the planning documentation and data with the safety regulations and design criteria, application of the relevant guidelines for fire and explosion protection, compliance of all work steps with the applicable HSE requirements. The guidelines which we observe here relate to the personnel potentially being endangered and constructional measures for emergencies and environmental protection – for example guidelines on preventing negative repercussions on the environment, and on reduce waste, noise and emissions. They also include requirements for restoring construction sites to their original state.
In order to conform with the project requirements, specifications for HSE are defined in the delivery and service agreements. This goes hand in hand with developing a provisional HSE strategy for the particular project. Data which is relevant to HSE is made available for selecting the plant, the components, equipment and materials. Technical changes in the course of the design and planning work are monitored and controlled, as is the creation of the required HSE documents.
Our major aim is to recognise potential risks which are relevant to HSE and to prevent incidents early on in the purchasing, quality control, scheduling, inspection and shipment phases. This also applies to effects which would only become apparent later which could result from an inadequate procurement process. Audits and checks of our subcontractors and partners are performed in accordance with the project requirements. This confirms their obligation to observe our HSE management standards. Technical offers are checked by our experts. We perform on-site inspections on the premises of our suppliers and service providers as required. Regulations which are relevant to HSE also apply to the packaging, transportation and possible storage of components which we procure in the context of our projects.
In the construction phase of our projects, we pursue the goal of preventing risk and injury to people or damage to the environment and tangible assets. The principles of prevention and continuous enhancement which are observed for the major construction activities apply here. This includes, among other things, selecting qualified staff, subcontractors and consortium partners, providing information for, motivating and training personnel, and supplying effective information on the subject of HSE to all the people concerned.
The planning, coordination and implementation of the specific HSE guidelines for the project are documented in the relevant notes and reports. During construction, HSE management is an ongoing process which usually begins with a risk analysis of the construction site and a risk evaluation of the pending activities and working conditions.
The HSE Management System and the necessary organisation are established on the construction site when the site is mobilised. The HSE Management System is active until the construction site has been closed. The following features, among others, are implemented and monitored: safe procedures and workplaces, health protection, environmental protection, first aid and emergency planning, construction site safety, fire and explosion protection, housekeeping on the construction site, waste management, measures against drug abuse, handling dangerous materials and dealing with radioactive materials, and protection against noise and vibration.
When developing project-specific HSE management tasks we ensure that all the parties working on the project are involved as early as possible. Naturally we take the opinions of the project partners (business partners, manufacturers, subcontractors, etc.) into account.
Our HSE Management System complies with the principles of OHSAS18001: 2007 and DIN EN ISO 14001:2004 and also takes into account our business principles and specific requirements for the projects, such as local legislation and our customers’ particular specifications.
Project audits are planned and performed systematically with the aim of recording the degree of implementation and fulfilment of the HSE specifications for each particular project. The results help to assess the efficiency of the HSE Management System and to introduce corrective and preventative measures.