Health and safety, safety performance and environment

James Fisher is fully committed to providing the highest standards of safety to its employees, contractors and visitors.

It is our main priority to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees, contractors and visitors to the Group’s premises, as well as all those who come into contact with the Group in its diverse activities. Our strong and proactive health and safety culture demands high standards, personal accountability and continuous improvements in this area. That culture is set and overseen by the Group Health and Safety Committee. Health and safety is the fi rst item on the board agenda of every business within the Group, including the Company. We continue to strive towards our ultimate aim of having no accidents or injuries.

2018 achievements:

  • Recognising the impact of mental health on our people, and on our businesses through productivity and absence, we have introduced mental health first aiders into a number of businesses to help improve early-stage support for those with mental health issues. Many of our businesses have taken part in the “Time to Talk” day organised by the “Time to Change” social movement, which aims to change how we all think and act about mental health problems.
  • Our first Group-wide employee survey identified that 95% of our employees recognise their personal responsibility to practice good health and safety whilst at work.
  • During the year, our Tankships business James Fisher Everard (JFE) made 836 voyages and carried over 3.3 billion litres of petroleum product without a single recordable injury or day away from work, and no product in the water.
  • JFE continued its on-going investment programme aimed at constant safety improvement around the fleet, including recent investment in improved gas detection systems, tank rescue equipment and enhanced lifting equipment.
  • Our principal operating companies maintain internationally recognised occupational health and safety management systems accredited to OHSAS 18001 and management systems which are accredited to the international quality standard ISO 19001.
  • The Group has adopted the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)1, and in 2018 the number of reportable incidents across the Group in 2018 was 2 (2017: 5).
  • The Group’s overall RIDDOR reportable frequency rate2 in 2018 was 0.04 (2017: 0. 1).
  • The Group recorded 4 lost time accidents (LTAs)3 in 2018 (2017: 5).

2019 goals:

  • To continue to strive towards zero incidents across the Group.
  • To continue to drive the focus on health and safety throughout James Fisher.
  • To set up a “Health and Safety Hints and Tips” section on the Group intranet to share best practice.
  • To introduce “Health and Wellbeing” programmes in all divisions.
  • To develop the “Safe system of work” across all divisions.
  • To continue to enhance reporting near misses.

The Group's principal operating companies maintain internationally recognised occupational health and safety management systems accredited to OHSAS 18001 and management systems which are accredited to the international quality standard ISO 19001.

The Group has adopted the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) in the reporting of reportable incidents. A reportable incident under RIDDOR is a work-related injury which results in a person's incapacitation for more than seven days. The number of reportable incidents across the Group in 2018 was 2 (2017: 5).

The Group also records lost time accidents (LTAs) to monitor performance and trends. An LTA is an incident which causes a worker to be incapacitated for three or more consecutive days, not including the day of incident. In 2018 the Group incurred 4 LTAs (2017: 5).

The Group monitors its overall RIDDOR reportable frequency rate, defined as the number of RIDDOR reportable incidents per one hundred thousand hours of work. In 2018, the Group's RIDDOR reportable frequency rate was 0.04 (2017: 0.1).

We are committed to protecting the environment. As our customers aspire to increasing environmental responsibility and
achievements, all of our businesses support their efforts through continuous improvement and innovation to drive efficiencies and
energy-saving including through our supply chain.

We acknowledge the scientifi c body of evidence that human activity is playing a large part in changes to our climate and we accept our
responsibility to address this as part of our business activities.

Through the analysis of the products and services we deliver, we consider our main operational impacts are in emissions and the
potential impact of handling oil-based products near water. We are committed throughout the Group to improvement in these areas, as
well as in other areas of environmental concern, including recycling and energy consumption more broadly.

Emissions total (in thousands of metric tons) 2018 2017
COequivalent from electricity consumption in facilities 1.9 2.3
CO2 from combustion of fuel at facilities and road vehicles 3.0 2.4
COfrom combustion of fuel in vessels 94.4 84.0
Total emissions (CO2)  99.3 88.6

Emissions from the combustion of bunkers which fuel the tankers in the Tankships division amounted to 95% of the Group's total emissions (2017: 95%). The benefit of sea transportation is that one 4,000 metric ton vessel can carry 150 times the volume of fuel carried by a single road tanker, which significantly reduces congestion and emissions to air. The vessel fuel consumption has increased as there is one additional tanker compared to last year .

The Group’s carbon intensity ratio calculated against the Group's revenue remained flat at 0.02% (2017: 0.02%). Our Tankships division operates a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan to regulate shipping energy efficiency and to control its marine GHG emissions. 

Nearly all of our principal operating companies operate environmental management systems (EMS) certified to ISO 14001
standard. This internationally recognised EMS enables a systematic approach to handling environmental issues.

Fendercare has instituted a waste management campaign using SMART targets to improve recycling activities within the business,
including:

  • fenders & hoses (key constituents of its business activities), including entering into a research programme with the University
    of East Anglia to establish innovative procedures for recycling business-generated waste.

  • office waste, including replacing disposable cups with re-usable mugs, and providing personalised steel (refillable) water

    bottles in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic that is currently being taken out to windfarms.

2019 goals:

  • To enable enhanced monitoring and reporting of our use of fuel, electricity and water on a Group basis.
  • To encourage our businesses to develop their supply chains to enhance responsible sourcing initiatives.
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