Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 January 2017 – The results of GAC’s 2016 Chairman’s Awards for HSSE Excellence again reflect the positive impact of small, practical steps to improve the health, safety, security and environment of the Group’s companies.
29 entries were received for the annual Award, which was started as the Chairman’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2012 and extended in 2015 to also encompass health, safety and security initiatives.
Measures to reduce oil wastage during the maintenance of the HullWiper ROV earned GAC EnvironHull the top prize. Maintenance teams working on the eco-friendly hull cleaning system identified the need to cut down on spilled oil and the financial and environmental costs involved. GAC EnvironHull responded with a three-pronged solution:
- installing quick release couplings to reduce spills during oil changes
- engineering a filtering system to collect spilled oil for re-use
- building cradles to enable technicians to rotate the ROV to the safest angles to work on them from below. Improved manoeuvrability also boosted efficiency and resulted in a cleaner, safer workspace.
The approach was initially implemented in Valencia in tandem with upgraded Safe Work procedures and was then rolled out to other HullWiper bases in Singapore, Rotterdam, the UAE and Gothenburg.
The efforts of GAC Singapore to educate the next generation about the importance of HSSE led the judges to name it the runner-up in the 2016 awards. 40 children from employees’ families were invited to the office for a fun day learning about safety rules. A video featuring those little champions was produced. It impressed the participants at the Contractor HSSE Supplier Workshop organised by STASCO so much that it was voted the Best Behavioural Safety Initiative 2015-2016
The second runner-up was GAC Samudera Logistics for its introduction of a blue spotlight on four forklift trucks to warn pedestrians of their approach, reducing the risk of collisions.
Other noteworthy initiatives singled out for mention were:
- the introduction of a print management system at GAC UK to reduce the physical printing of documents; and
- installation of corner protection to reduce the risk of injury against sharp edges in the GAC Netherlands warehouse.
Patrik Halldén, Group Vice President – Human Resources, says: “The range of entries for the 2016 Chairman’s Awards is sound proof that GAC is on the right path to developing a strong positive HSSE culture throughout our organisation.”
Charity donations of USD 10,000, USD 5,000 and USD 2,500 will be made in the name of the winning companies.