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 recognises its responsibilities in relation to the health, safety and welfare of its 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. The Board considered and re-approved the Group's existing health, safety and environment policy in January 2018 as a declaration of our intent and commitment. We continue to strive towards our ultimate aim of having no accidents or injuries and we have a proactive safety culture across the Group which promotes compliance and ensures continuous improvement. We have a strong focus on employee training, regulatory compliance and accident reduction, all of which are monitored and reported across the Group. Accountability remains with local management who are best placed to ensure that their businesses comply with local laws and regulations and specific needs on a day-to-day basis. This is overseen by Nick Henry, the Chief Executive Officer, who has overall responsibility for health and safety. The review of health and safety performance is high on the agenda at each Board and business board meetings, and remains a top priority for the Group.

The Group Health and Safety Committee (GHSC), chaired by Nick Henry, 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 that each Group operating company is maintaining high standards of health and safety in its business. Through the GHSC, the Group shares best practice and lessons learnt following any health and safety incidents, including near misses, 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 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 2017 was 5 (2016: 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 2017 the Group incurred 5 LTAs (2016: 6).

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 2017, the Group's RIDDOR reportable frequency rate was 0.1 (2016: 0.1).

The Group recognises its responsibility to protect the environment for the benefit of all and is committed to operating its businesses to ensure that the environmental impact of its activities, its consumption of raw materials and its production of waste is minimised. 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) 2017 2016
COequivalent from electricity consumption in facilities 2.3 3.0
CO2 from combustion of fuel at facilities and road vehicles 2.4 2.9
COfrom combustion of fuel in vessels 84.0 83.9
Total emissions (CO2)  88.6 89.8

Emissions from the combustion of bunkers which fuel the tankers in the Tankships division amounted to 95% of the Group's total emissions (2016: 93%). 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. Emissions from fuel combustion in vessels was similar to 2016 despite one fewer vessel in the Tankships division. This was due to the growth in ship-to-ship services in Brazil which commenced in January 2017.

The Group’s carbon intensity ratio calculated against the Group's revenue remained flat at 0.02% (2016: 0.02%). Our Tankships division operates a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan to regulate shipping energy efficiency and to control its marine GHG emissions. One objective under the Group's health, safety and environment policy is to ensure that the impact of our activities and our production of waste is minimised, as such 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 is widely used throughout the Group.