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.

The Group is fully committed to delivering the highest standards of safety to its employees and to contractors and visitors to the Group's premises. We continue to strive towards our ultimate aim of having no accidents or injuries and we promote a proactive safety culture across the Group that ensures continuous improvement. We have a strong focus on employee training, regulatory compliance and accident reduction all of which are monitored and reported on across the Group. The Chief Executive Officer has overall responsibility for health and safety and the review of health and safety performance is high on the agenda at each Board and business board meeting and remains a top priority for our Group. In accordance with our decentralised management approach, accountability is with local management to comply with local laws and regulations and specific needs.

Nick Henry chairs the Group Health and Safety Committee (GHSC), which meets on a quarterly basis to discuss all health and safety issues including incidents, mitigating actions and training requirements. The GHSC ensures that recordable safety incidents are reported to the Board and each Group operating company is maintaining high standards of health and safety in its business. Through the GHSC, the Group shares best practice and following any health and safety incidents, including near misses, appropriate corrective action is taken to mitigate the risk of their recurrence.

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 operating of recordable 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 2016 was 5 (2015: 5).

The Group also records lost time accidents (LTAs) to monitor performance and trends. An LTA is where a worker is incapacitated for three or more consecutive days, not including the day of the incident. In 2016 the Group incurred 6 LTAs (2015: 5).

The Group monitors its overall RIDDOR reportable frequency rate, defined as the number of LTAs per one hundred thousand hours of work. In 2016, the Group's RIDDOR reportable frequency rate was 0.1 (2015: 0.1).

The Group is committed to operating its businesses in an environmentally responsible manner and recognises that its operations have an impact on the environment. The Group is committed to working within the appropriate regulatory frameworks to minimise the impacts of its operations on the environment.

Nearly all of our principal operating companies are ISO 14001 compliant. This internationally recognised environmental management system enables a systematic approach to handling environmental issues.

Energy consumption was measured across the Group by recording data on the combustion of fuel and the use of electricity at its facilities. The Group’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are set out below. 

Emissions total (in thousands of metric tons) 2016 2015
COequivalent from electricity consumption in facilities 3.0 2.7
CO2 from combustion of fuel at facilities and road vehicles 2.9 2.6
COfrom combustion of fuel in vessels 83.9 65.0
Total emissions (CO2)  89.8 70.3

Emissions from the combustion of bunkers on our Tankships business amounted to 93% of the Group's total emissions (2015: 93%). However, one 4,000 metric ton vessel can carry 150 times the volume of fuel transported by a single road tanker, which significantly reduces congestion and emissions to air. In 2016, the Group's electricity consumption increased primarily due to the acquisition of Hughes and Lexmar. Emissions from fuel combustion in vessels increased principally as a result of growth in vessel charters for the renewables market.

The Group’s carbon intensity ratio calculated against the Group's revenue (which increased by 6%) remained flat at 0.02% (2015: 0.02%). Our Tankships division operates a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan to regulate shipping energy efficiency and to control its marine GHG emissions. Waste management and recycling of materials is encouraged across the Group and in an effort to reduce our carbon emissions from travelling to and from company meetings, the use of video conferencing and similar facilities is widely used throughout the Group.