Health and Safety

Safety is a key value for DCC and the businesses work to continuously improve performance through risk assessment, procedural and engineering controls, training and learning from events. In addition to the lost time injury rates presented here for the DCC Group, individual businesses and divisions use a range of leading and lagging performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of controls in place.

All businesses maintain appropriate safety management systems (in some cases certified to the OHSAS18001 standard), reflecting the nature and complexity of the risks in their businesses. Within the Energy and Environmental divisions, formal dedicated governance and reporting structures are in place to provide oversight and challenge to the businesses.

Group safety audits are completed to a defined frequency using the International Safety Rating System (‘ISRS’) licenced by DNV-GL. This is a detailed protocol which tests all aspects of a safety management system, including leadership, risk management, asset management and emergency preparedness, to identify areas for improvement and good practice. During the year the Energy division’s safety behavioural initiative, Safety F1rst, has been adapted and rolled out across the Healthcare division. Key safety behaviours and a set of straightforward Golden Rules are communicated in each business using consistent Safety F1rst branding. Employee engagement is maintained though regular safety conversations, tool box talks, newsletters and other events on specific topics.

The risk of a catastrophic event arising from a failure in process safety at a fuel storage terminal within the Energy division has been identified as one of the Group’s principal risks on page 15. Significant time and resources are dedicated to ongoing improvements in process safety including the development of specific process safety leading indicators, training of senior executives and the implementation of an Operational Integrity Framework within the Energy division.

Health and Safety Performance

All employee LTIs are recorded and investigated to determine root causes and identify corrective actions. The majority of these injuries arise from slips, trips and falls and incorrect manual handling. In the reported period both LTI frequency and severity rates reduced compared to the prior period. This improved performance is a result of continuing efforts to minimise exposure to risks in the first instance and ongoing training to develop high levels of risk awareness and safety behaviours. Procedural and engineering controls are reviewed regularly.

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