Sarawak Energy renews commitment to safety with annual Corporate HSE Week

Sharbini (fifth from left) launching Sarawak Energy’s HSE Week while members of the Sarawak Energy’s senior management team look on.

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KUCHING, Oct 15: Sarawak Energy Berhad once again renewed its commitment to safety as its top priority during its annual Corporate Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Week with the annual recurring theme “Raising Standards, Nurturing Culture and Saving Lives”.

Held at Tanjung Kidurong Power Station in Bintulu, the 2019 edition had more than 360 attendees including the group’s senior management and staff as well contractors and partner agencies.

According to a statement, during his speech at the launch, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Datu Sharbini Suhaili re-emphasised the importance of looking out for each other and to intervene when there are unsafe acts or situations.

“Sarawak Energy is a growing organisation with over 5,000 staff with thousands of contractors working with us on our project sites, operations and offices throughout Sarawak. By making safety our top priority, we are helping to ensure nobody will get hurt while working for us.

“Together, we will make Sarawak Energy a safe place to work so that everybody goes home safely,” he added, emphasising that leadership, system and structure, competency, and culture and behaviour were key elements of HSE excellence.

“If we only have five minutes with our stakeholders, the only topic to discuss is safety.”

More than 360 people attended the launch of Sarawak Energy’s HSE Week that was held at Tanjung Kindurong Power Station in Bintulu.

The launch also saw safety pledges awarded to representatives of power stations in Sarawak, exhibition booths, and games related to first aid practices, fire-fighting activities, environment and permit to work activities.

Sarawak Energy safety mascot BOLT was also in attendance. BOLT is an abbreviation for the safety advice to “Be aware, Open your mind, Look at your surroundings, and Take care of yourself and your co-workers”.

In pursuing HSE excellence, Sarawak Energy has implemented a stringent HSE Management Systems and Environmental Management System.

Following this, the statistics for work-related incidents in Sarawak Energy have decreased by 43 per cent since 2016 with 16 cases recorded in 2018 and nine cases charted by August this year.

Up to August, Sarawak Energy recorded five Lost Time Injury (LTI) cases with a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.238 injuries per million manhours.

At the event, Sharbini congratulated Sarawak Energy operating units which won Malaysian Society of Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) awards.

The awards are presented annually to companies with outstanding occupational safety and health practices.

Sarawak Energy received five Gold Class I and two Silver Awards at this year’s ceremony.

Notable achievements included being honoured for the sixth time for Limbang Power Station with its second consecutive Gold Class II while Batang Ai HEP earned its second Gold Class II award. — DayakDaily