Measures taken in 2014

In 2014, the Group’s employees submitted more than 3,600 reports and suggestions concerning workplace safety, 82% of which were directly implemented. The remaining proposals, which are more complex and will take a longer time to effect, were scheduled for completion in 2015. The employees whose submissions were found to be the most interesting received special prizes.

In 2014, OHS initiatives covered the following areas: occupational health and safety, fire safety, process safety, and contractor safety.

We continued our efforts to create a new Group-wide safety management system, promoted initiatives and actions aiming to improve safety standards and compliance with legal requirements regarding protection of life and health and the Company’s property.

An Electronic Prevention System was implemented across the ORLEN Group and work continued on further development of OHS indicators and optimisation of hazard, accident, inspection, fire, and failure communication systems. Steps were also taken to enforce a uniform structure for occupational health and safety, fire safety and process safety across all areas of operation.

As regards fire safety, joint drills and exercises involving delegates of all of the ORLEN Group’s fire brigades were organised, and a uniform concept was developed to provide individual fire-fighting units with equipment reflecting each company’s individual requirements.

In addition, efforts were made to put in place a common process safety management system across the ORLEN Group, encompassing hazard analysis, ongoing and periodic inspections, and evaluation and classification of incidents and emergencies.

The Group also pursued the ‘Report a Safety Hazard’ programme to encourage employee involvement in OHS monitoring. The initiative introduces a framework for creating a uniform, comprehensive system whereby identified hazards to occupational health and safety can be reported and appropriate steps can be taken. Employees are able to monitor the entire process – from the initial report to remedial actions. The programme’s computer system and report forms are available in the OHS portal’s intranet.

In 2014, the Group’s employees submitted more than 3,600 reports and suggestions concerning workplace safety, 82% of which were directly implemented. The remaining proposals, which are more complex and will take a longer time to effect, were scheduled for completion in 2015. The employees whose submissions were found to be the most interesting received special prizes.

At the end of 2014, PKN ORLEN and the Office of Technical Inspection signed an agreement to collaborate in improving the technical safety of PKN ORLEN’s production units. Thanks to the agreement, the scope and time of technical inspections can be planned with precision, gradually increasing the intervals between overhauls, optimising the run time of production units, and, most importantly, mitigating the risks relating to their operation.

As a result of the efforts to improve workplace safety within the ORLEN Group, in 2014 the number of accidents fell by 12% relative to 2013, which is the best result in the Group’s history. There were no reported cases of occupational diseases at PKN ORLEN.