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, chaired by the Group CEO. Health and safety is the first item on the Board agenda of every business
within the Group, including the Company.

2019 achievements:

  • As part of our continuing focus on providing a safe and healthy working environment, there have been a series of mental health courses and mental health wellbeing sessions aimed at increasing awareness that help is at hand to support 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 in relation to mental health problems.
  • James Fisher Shipping Services signed up to the UK Chamber of Shipping Safety Charter enabling the Group to benefit from best practice from other members and signatories of the Safety Charter.
  • During the year, our Tankships business James Fisher Everard (JFE) made 738 voyages and carried over 2.8m metric tonnes of product without a single recordable injury or day away from work, and no product in the water.
  • JFE continued its on-going investment in health and safety with benzene specific gas detection systems on chemical classed vessels, tank rescue equipment and enhanced near miss reporting.

2020 goals:

  • To continue to strive towards zero incidents across the Group.
  • To continue to drive 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 develop “Health and Wellbeing” programmes in all divisions.
  • To continue to develop the “Safe System of work” across all divisions.
  • To continue to enhance reporting of near misses.

The groups 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 the number of reportable incidents across the Group in 2019 was 3 (2018: 2).

The Group’s overall RIDDOR reportable frequency rate2 in 2019 was 0.05 (2018: 0.04).

The Group recorded 2 lost time accidents (LTAs)3 in 2019 (2018: 4).

1 A reportable incident under RIDDOR is a work-related injury which results in a person’s incapacitation for more than seven days.
2 The RIDDOR reportable frequency rate is the number of RIDDOR reportable incidents per one hundred thousand hours of work.
3 An LTA is an incident which causes a worker to be incapacitated for three or more consecutive days, not including the day of incident.

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 scientific 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 environmental impacts to be in emissions and the potential impact of handling oil-based products near water. We are committed throughout the Group to improve in these areas, as well as in other areas of environmental concern, including recycling and energy consumption more broadly.

The Group has considered the impact of climate change risks and opportunities. The Sustainability Committee plans further work in this area to ensure that senior management has an appropriate understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with climate change, using climate related scenarios to inform strategy, and developing further metrics and targets to assess the Group’s performance in this area.

2019 achievements:

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) 2019 2018
COequivalent from electricity consumption in facilities 1.8 1.9
CO2 from combustion of fuel at facilities and road vehicles 3.5 3.0
COfrom combustion of fuel in vessels 89.4 94.4
Total emissions (CO2)  94.6 99.3


Total emissions reduced significantly due to fewer contracted in vessels in James Fisher Marine Services in 2019 due to a large unexploded ordnance clearance contract during the prior period. Emissions from combustion of fuel at facilities and road vehicles increased mainly due to increased utilisation of our equipment within Offshore Oil.

Emissions from the combustion of bunkers which fuel the tankers in the Tankships division amounted to 94.5% of the Group’s total emissions (2018: 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 Group’s carbon intensity ratio calculated against the Group’s revenue remained flat at 0.02% (2018: 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.

We continue to invest in infrastructure (bike shelters, showers, etc.) at our facilities to encourage more people to cycle to work and help to reduce emissions from driving to work. The Group has supported the UK government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme since its inception in 1999.

A number of businesses have phased out the use of plastic bottles for water and paper towels to raise awareness of the impacts of plastic and paper waste, and to help to reduce the Group’s waste.

Compliance with Phase 2 of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) which is a mandatory energy assessment scheme of buildings, industrial process and transport, for organisations in the UK.

Tankships’ Raleigh Fisher is conducting important environmental tests for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) as part of a fleet of commercial ships working with the NOC’s ‘Ships of Opportunity Partnership’ to help provide large scale, long-term, scientific data from sustained ocean observing and modelling, mapping and surveying. Daily samples of seawater are being collected and tested to measure changes in the ocean uptake of carbon dioxide to provide an ongoing assessment of the potential impact of global warming.

2020 goals:

  • To drive further fuel efficiencies in our shipping activities, including accelerating plans for investment in fuel-efficient and environmental friendly technologies.
  • To encourage our businesses to develop further their supply chains to enhance responsible sourcing initiatives.
  • To encourage all our businesses to make James Fisher a “bottle free zone”.
  • Identify opportunities for recycling fenders, hoses and old tyres.
  • To encourage employees to make use of all available technologies as alternatives to travel, with air travel to be used only for essential business.
  • To enhance the process and technology to prevent loss of containment during STS transfer of oil cargoes, with reinforcement of our goal to reduce this to zero.
  • Operating companies to make a positive effort towards investing in LED light fittings to reduce energy consumption at our sites.
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