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Safety Performance 2015

2015 was another good year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents being recorded. A ten day Pressure Systems Inspection took place in the summer and an excellent team performance by all staff and contractors on site meant there were no major incidents and no first aid incidents recorded.

Reporting of near misses was very good and allowed continuous improvement in the site health and safety management systems.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

Deeside underwent many changes in 2015, including a reduction in personnel and the changing of job roles. But throughout this period Deeside has continued to maintain its exemplary safety record, with 2015 being the fourth full year in which no Lost Time Accidents have occurred.

A ‘Safety Moment’ takes place before regular meetings, and this is used to emphasise health and safety matters and helps to identify any health and safety concerns within the company. Deeside has also benefitted from the use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2015 were:

Demonstrate compliance against the requirements of UK HSE publication HS(G)253

Comply with relevant corporate targets

Retain OHSAS 18001 certification/integrated certification

Deeside has maintained the standard required under OHSAS 18001. This standard relates to the safety management system, and considers the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800, and is now certificated in combination with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 assessment. An integrated standards (ISO14001, OHAS 18001 and ISO 9001) surveillance audit was carried out with no major findings.

 

Safety Performance 2014

2014 was another good year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents being recorded. An inspection was required on the gas turbines and steam turbine, and an excellent team performance by all staff and contractors on site meant there were no major incidents and no first aid incidents recorded. Reporting of near misses was very good and allowed continuous improvement in the site health and safety management systems.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

All relevant staff received IOSH Managing Safety and Technical Officer refresher training.

Deeside has also benefitted from use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2014 were:

Demonstrate compliance against the requirements of UK HSE publication HS(G)253

Carry out HV switching refresher training for relevant staff

Comply with relevant corporate targets

Retain OHSAS 18001 certification/integrated certification

Deeside has maintained the standard required under OHSAS 18001. This standard relates to the safety management system, and considers the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800, and is now certificated in combination with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 assessment. An integrated standards (ISO14001, OHAS 18001 and ISO 9001) surveillance audit was carried out with no major findings.

Safety Performance 2013

2013 was another good year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents being recorded. An outage was required on a gas turbine and an excellent team performance by all staff and contractors on site meant no major incidents and only two minor first aid incidents being recorded. Reporting of near misses was very good and allowed continuous improvement in the site health and safety management systems.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

All senior managers have now been trained to NEBOSH Certificate standards.

Deeside has also benefitted from use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2013 were:

Demonstrate compliance against the requirements of UK HSE publication HS(G)253

Carry out HV switching refresher training for relevant staff

Comply with relevant corporate targets

Retain OHSAS 18001 certification/integrated certification

Deeside has maintained the standard required under OHSAS 18001 through assessment by Afnor, and was re-certificated for a further three years in 2013. This standard relates to the safety management system, and considers the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800, and is now certificated in combination with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 assessment.

Safety Performance 2012

2012 was another good year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents being recorded. A major routine outage was required on a gas turbine and the steam turbine, and an excellent team performance by all staff and contractors on site meant no major incidents and only one first aid incident being recorded. Reporting of near misses was very good and allowed continuous improvement in the site health and safety management systems.
Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

All senior managers have now been trained to NEBOSH Certificate standards.
Deeside has also benefitted from use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.
Amongst targets achieved in 2012 were:
Carry out review of isolation methods against the requirements of UK HSE publication HS(G)253

The target was achieved and further work on this will lead to an improved demonstration of compliance

Instigate Process Safety management system including development of Process Safety Management culture and Key Performance Indicators

The site has been working and continues to work hard in support of the company’s regional team in enhancing the management of Process Safety; the ensuring of process containment, and has supported a number of projects to assist, including an assessment of critical safety systems, a process hazard review and the development of a new incident management system.

Carry out presentations to at least 90% of outage workers explaining general safety requirements

Over three hundred contractors were inducted onto site over a five week period. Only one first aid incident was recorded.

Comply with relevant corporate targets

Retain OHSAS 18001 certification/integrated certification

Deeside has maintained the standard required under OHSAS 18001 through assessment by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, and was re-certificated for a further three years in 2011. This standard relates to the safety management system, and considers the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800.

2011 Safety Performance
2011 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, despite a Lost Time Accident being recorded when a member of staff sustained minor burns after suffering an electrical short circuit. No lasting injury was caused, and despite no blame being attributed, the incident led to improved methods of electrical isolation prior to work. No major outages were required due to the operating regime of the plant, and only moderate amounts of contract work was required.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

All senior managers have now been trained to NEBOSH Certificate standards.

Deeside has also benefitted from use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2011 were:

  • Achieve compliance with corporate targets and objectives.

  • Carry out internal audits of compliance against corporate Safety Rules.

  • Make enhancements in lifting operational techniques to maintain excellent safety record in this area.

  • Review site compliance with Legionella control requirements.

  • Carry our RoSPA Quality and Safety Audit.

Deeside has maintained the standard required under OHSAS 18001 through eassessment by Lloyd Register Quality Assurance, and was re-certificated for a further three years in 2011. This standard relates to the safety management system, and considers the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800.

A member of staff has been trained in RoSPA QSA auditing techniques to enable auditing to this exacting standard, which also relates to HSG 65 and BS 8800.

2010 Safety performance
2010 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents recorded. A major outage programme was completed without serious injury; up to 300 contractors worked during a two-month period, undertaking major refurbishment work. Only one first aid injury was recorded.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

All senior managers have now been trained to NEBOSH Certificate standards.

Deeside has also benefitted from use of a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2010 were:

  • Nomination of an additional Designated Person under the Safety Rules

  • Six additional Internal Auditors were trained

  • The consistency of site safety/environment inspections was improved

  • Increase data evaluation quality from Fresh Eyes observations and produce recommendations from trends analysis

  • The new corporate Safety Rules were issued on site, and all relevant persons were suitably trained

In 2010 we maintained certification under OHSAS 18001. This standard relates to the safety management system, considering the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800.

A member of staff was trained in RoSPA QSA auditing techniques during the year to enable future auditing to this exacting standard


2009 Safety performance
2009 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, with no Lost Time Accidents recorded. A major outage programme was completed without serious injury

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during the year. Many tasks were observed and some useful improvements were made in safety management as a result.

Those members of staff trained in IOSH Managing Safely in the past took part in refresher training in 2009, and all senior managers have now been trained to NEBOSH Certificate standards.

Deeside has also introduced a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2009 were:

  • Train 50% of staff and site based contractors as Fresh Eyes observers

  • Measure H & S training on the basis of training hours received, ensuring  that  all operations based employees receive training as required by corporate policy

  • Measure and report action completion rate and set target within bonus system

  • Investigate and implement methods of improving the reporting and feedback to all staff of near misses and unsafe acts/conditions

  • Develop a healthy lifestyle programme

  • Improved outage safety planning

  • Issue regular briefings to staff to ensure that employees are informed of current H&S performance and issues.

In 2009 we maintained certification under OHSAS 18001. This standard looks at the safety management system, considering the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800.

We also increased our score in a RoSPA Quality and Safety Audit, maintaining level 5, the highest level awarded.

 

2008 Safety Performance

2008 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, despite recording a Lost Time Accident (without serious consequences) for the first time in nearly three years.

The site plant maintenance programme suggested that no major maintenance projects were required in 2008, but despite a number of unexpected problems on plant and consequent repairs, only four, minor, first aid incidents were recorded. This is the lowest number recorded since the plant was commissioned.

Deeside introduced its behavioural safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007 and this was developed further during 2008. Many tasks were observed and several important improvements were made in safety management as a result.

2008 also saw the completion of the aim to train all staff in IOSH Managing Safely. Those members of staff trained in the past are to undergo refresher training in 2009.

Deeside has also introduced a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2008 were:

  1. Develop management systems for lifting equipment
  2. Develop management system for work equipment
  3. Provide IOSH Managing Safely training for all staff
  4. Improve the management of emergency incidents

In 2008 we became certificated under OHSAS 18001 for the first time. This standard looks at the safety management system, considering the elements of Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800. Previous audits under the RoSPA QSA scheme had indicated compliance with OHSAS 18001, and the site is now formally certificated.

2007 Safety Performance

2007 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We did not record a Lost Time Accident and recorded over 700 days since our last LTA in 2006.

The site undertook a major plant maintenance programme in March and April, and further maintenance periods in August and September. There were 5 first aid injuries attributable to these maintenance periods and a further 8 first aid injuries for the rest of the year, all of which were minor.


Deeside introduced its behavioural based safety programme, Fresh Eyes, in 2007. We believe that behaviour is the most likely underlying cause of accidents at a mature safety conscious asset such as Deeside Power Station. The programme involves trained personnel observing others undertaking workplace activities and leaving feedback regarding their attitude and behaviour towards their work.

Deeside also began a programme to ensure all of its personnel are trained to at least IOSH Managing Safely during 2007. This will continue throughout 2008.

Deeside has also introduced a computer based training package for all staff in Health and Safety matters relevant to their work.

Amongst targets achieved in 2007 were:

Implementation of new risk assessment package
All actions arising from QSA and OHSAS 18001 in 2006 closed out
HAVS awareness to staff at work and at home
Implementation of ‘Fresh Eyes’ programme

In 2007, we again carried out a Quality and Safety Audit (QSA) using a qualified auditor from a sister asset. The audit looks at the safety management system, considering the elements listed in the Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800, and incorporates all of the clauses of OHSAS 18001.

The site received recommendation for a level five award, the highest award possible, along with confirmation that the site health and safety management system was compliant with the requirements of OHSAS 18001.

2006 Safety performance

2006 was another excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues despite recording a Lost Time Accident when a contractor injured his hand after feeling unwell.

The site undertook a major plant maintenance programme in January, February and March, requiring around 60,000 man hours of contractor time. Seven additional first aid incidents were recorded during this time with a further one later in the year.

Amongst targets achieved in 2006 were:

Initiate a series of ‘toolbox’ talks with staff to keep them informed of health and safety concerns
Improvements to the way in which we carry out risk assessments
Propose and implement changes for improvement to the management of traffic near people
Consideration of our near miss reporting to minimise the chance of these becoming incidents and accidents,
The continuation of our behavioural safety programme
Achieve compliance with OHSAS 18001

In 2006, we again asked the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to visit our site for a week to carry out a Quality and Safety Audit (QSA). The audit looks at the safety management system, considering the elements listed in the Health and Safety Executive guidance document HSG 65 and British Standard BS 8800, and incorporates all of the clauses of OHSAS 18001.

The site received recommendation for a level five award, the highest award possible, along with confirmation that the site health and safety management system was compliant with the requirements of OHSAS 18001.

2005 Safety performance

2005 was an excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We did not record a Lost Time Accident and recorded over 700 days since our last LTA in 2004.

With recent legislation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres, we are continuing in the process of making improvements to the gas turbines at Deeside, to ensure compliance with the ATEX (explosive atmospheres) Directives, and to ensure that the site is as safe as possible.

Amongst targets achieved in 2005 were improvements to noise control to ensure staff noise exposure is minimised, improvements to site and office housekeeping, improvements to the way we investigate incidents, a reduction in our (already low) first aid incidents and improvements to the way we control contract work. We also began to implement a behavioural safety programme for staff and permanent contractors on site. Targets for 2006 include a reclassification of our near miss reporting to minimise the chance of these becoming incidents and accidents, continuation of our behavioural safety programme and a review of traffic management on site.

In 2004, we asked the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to visit our site for a week to carry out a Quality and Safety Audit (QSA). We were delighted to receive recommendation for a level four award, but recognise that we still have work to do to improve our health and safety performance. We have carried out the actions identified in 2005 and in 2006 are preparing to undergo a further audit by RoSPA to maintain our award and attain certification to OHSAS 18001.

If any further information is required, please contact the site Environment, Health & Safety Officer.

2004 Safety performance

2004 was a good year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues, despite an unfortunate injury to a contractor that caused us to lose our Lost Time Accident (LTA) record. We had recorded over 2000 days without a LTA, using the Occupation Safety and Health Administration standards as used in USA (this means that a lost time accident would be reported internally after a 24-hour absence from work rather than the legal requirement to report a 3-day absence). We now have recorded over 300 days since our last LTA.

With recent legislation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres, we are in the process of making a number of improvements to the gas turbines at Deeside, to ensure compliance with the ATEX (explosive atmospheres) Directives, and to ensure that the site is as safe as possible.

Amongst targets achieved in 2004 were improvements to use of air lines on plant, improvements to site health and safety inspections and improvements to site housekeeping. Many health and safety targets that we have set are long-term targets, and as such are not yet complete. We intend to continue with improvements to incident management and risk assessment. New targets for 2005 include further improvements to noise control to ensure staff noise exposure is minimised, improvements to site and office housekeeping, improvements to the way we investigate incidents, a reduction in our (already low) first aid incidents and improvements to the way we control contract work. We also intend to implement a behavioural safety programme for staff and permanent contractors on site.

We are in the process of reviewing the way we manage contractors on site, and intend to publish our rules on this web site in the near future.

In 2004, we asked the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to visit our site for a week to carry out a Quality and Safety Audit (QSA). We were delighted to receive recommendation for a level four award, but recognise that we still have work to do to improve our health and safety performance. We intend to carry out the actions identified in 2005 for improvement to level five by 2006.

If any further information is required, please contact the site Environment, Health & Safety Officer.

2003 Safety performance

2003 was an excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We recorded 2000 days without a Lost Time Accident, reporting lost time accidents using the Occupation Safety and Health Administration standards as used in USA. This means that a lost time accident would be reported internally after a 24-hour absence from work rather than the requirement to report a 3-day absence.

We visited DuPont's Northern Ireland site to extend links with the company, and to gain further insight into how a recognised leader in industrial safety maintains a safe work environment. A number of improvements to the management of health and safety issues at Deeside have or are being made as a result.

With recent legislation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres, we are in the process of making a number of improvements to the gas turbines at Deeside, to ensure compliance with the ATEX (explosive atmospheres) Directives, and to ensure that the site is as safe as possible.

Amongst targets achieved in 2003 were Improvements to risk assessment, use of personal protective equipment, especially at home, improvements in control of bulk chemical unloading, and improvements to the site safety rules. Many health and safety targets that we have set are long-term targets, and as such are not yet complete. We intend to continue with improvements to incident management, site documentation and control of plant modifications.

New targets for 2004 include improvements to noise control, to ensure staff noise exposure is minimised, improvements to site and office housekeeping, improvements in how we inspect our site for safety hazards, and a look at ways of improving the review of incidents, in light of a couple of safety incidents that happened towards the end of last year.

If any further information is required, please contact the site Environment, Health & Safety Officer.

2002 Safety performance

2002 was an excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We have not recorded a lost time accident for over 1600 days, reporting lost time accidents using the Occupation Safety and Health Administration standards as used in USA. This means that a lost time accident would be reported internally after a 24-hour absence from work rather than the requirement to report a 3-day absence.

In 2001, a delegation from Deeside visited Dupont Safety Resources, on Teesside, to gain an in-depth appreciation of how others manage health and safety. We intend to follow this up in 2003 with a visit to DuPont's Northern Ireland site to extend links with the company, and to gain further insight into how a recognised leader in industrial safety maintains a safe work environment.

With new legislation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres, we intend to make a number of improvements to the gas turbines at Deeside, to ensure compliance with the ATEX (explosive atmospheres) Directives, and to ensure that the site is as safe as possible.

Amongst targets achieved in 2002 were improvements to the control of cooling water bacteria, and improvements to the reporting of near-miss incidents. Many health and safety targets that we have set are long-term targets, and as such are not yet complete. We intend to continue with improvements to incident management, site documentation, control of plant modifications, and use of personal protective equipment. New targets for 2003 include a noise survey, to ensure staff noise exposure is minimised, improvements to control of access during bulk chemical unloading operations, and to improve the company safety rules to ensure consistent application at Deeside and Rugeley, our other UK power station.

If any further information is required, please contact the site Environment, Health & Safety Officer.

2001 Safety performance

2001 was an excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We have not recorded a lost time accident for over 1200 days, and in future intend to report lost time accidents using the Occupation Safety and Health Administration standards as used in USA. This means that a lost time accident would be reported after a 24-hour absence from work rather than the current 3-day absence.

Last year a delegation from Deeside visited Dupont Safety Resources, on Teesside, to gain an in depth appreciation of how others manage health and safety. This has led to a step change in Health and Safety management in 2001, including the issue of Deeside Standards, mainly for contractor control, implementation of a general safety certificate, new Deeside Power Safety Rules, new initiatives on personal protective equipment, and new systems to control confined spaces work. 2002 must be seen as a consolidation year, where the new initiatives will be implemented fully, and become the normal way of working. The station management have taken the decision to expel contractors from site, and discipline staff, where serious or repeated breaches of safety standards are discovered.

Amongst targets achieved in 2001 were improvements to documentation to ensure all technical procedures remain current, better control of plant modifications, improved risk assessment, the implementation of a new self-auditing scheme, and improvements to control of cooling water bacteria.
Targets for 2002 include increasing the use of personal protective equipment at home, organise another emergency incident exercise, and improve the reporting of near-miss incidents.

If any further information is required, please contact the site Environment, Health & Safety Officer.

2000 Safety Performance

Last year was an excellent year for Deeside in the management of health and safety issues. We have achieved a second consecutive gold award from RoSPA, and have not had a lost time accident for over 1200 days.

The company changes have forced a change of approach to safety, despite the support received from head office. We are now much more self sufficient in safety management, and are responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation and other regulatory requirements. The site has now appointed a full time Environment, Safety and Health officer to ensure that these requirements are met.

We have now implemented a safety passport scheme to ensure that all staff and contractors are trained to a minimum standard in health and safety, and are in the process of reviewing company documentation and risk assessments to ensure that our responsibilities to staff and visitors are met.

This year we plan to improve the reporting of incidents to enable all staff to follow the investigation process, and intend to improve staff access to risk assessments. We are currently working to improve our control of the cooling systems to ensure continued compliance with HSE requirements.
We have also visited other industrial sites to gain a better appreciation of safety management and alternative ideas, in particular on confined space working and working at heights.

 

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