4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Limiting our environmental impact and operating in a safe environment
FIRE PROTECTION AT RUBIS TERMINAL Over the last 10 years, the largest investments made in Rubis Terminal’s flammable liquid depots have been dedicated to fire protection. In France, the strategy of autonomy has been adopted and static firefighting facilities have been built to avoid the need for teams to deploy mobile resources. To enhance personal safety, we are currently supplementing these devices with remote controls and preset scenarios in semi-automatic mode.
In Turkey, a fire-fighting pump house has been built on the jetty to combat a possible outbreak of fire at the vessel loading berths. Connected to the depot’s fire circuit, it allows an unlimited supply of water. At the Antwerp and Rotterdam sites, the defense system integrated the principle of autonomy and the remote control of pre-programmed scenarios right from the construction phase. The recent deployment of the Computerized Maintenance Management System (or CMMS) now makes it possible to schedule tests in order to periodically and reliably check our entire fire protection system. Our fire risk has been greatly reduced as a result of all these improvements.
RESULTS In 2019, in line with the target set by the Group, no major accidents occurred as a result of Rubis Énergie and Rubis Terminal activities. Over and above the constant concern to prevent major industrial accidents, the Group also continues to make efforts to minimize the occurrence of more minor industrial accidents as far as possible. Personal safet y is a direc t result of operational safety. Rubis is just as keen to ensure workplace safety (section 184.108.40.206.1) as it is to ensure the safety of customers and local residents (section 220.127.116.11.2). The target is still to have no fatalities at Rubis facilities and to reduce the number of accidents likely to cause labour disruption as much as possible for both subsidiaries’ staff and for external service providers. With regard to road traffic accidents (particularly on the African continent, where the accident 18.104.22.168 PERSONAL SAFETY
rate is high), each subsidiary is responsible for implementing the instructions and training plans needed to reduce, as far as possible, the rate of accidents recorded in line with local constraints. 22.214.171.124.1 HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK Rubis has implemented a proactive policy on health and safety at work. It also focuses on the prevention of accidents at work, the frequency of which is declining, and on the prevention of occupational and non- occupational illnesses. Risks Beyond the generic risks inherent to any industrial activity, Rubis business lines entail more specific risks in terms of health and safety at work, linked particularly to: • the intrinsic properties of products handled (hazardous materials); and • transport (road safety): each year vehicles transporting products cover many kilometers.
The Group endeavors to offer the safest working conditions to its employees and to service providers working on its sites. Measures taken Rubis’ Code of Ethics sets out a general framework for the Group’s safety culture, which requires all employees to ac t re s ponsibly when per forming their duties, comply with the health, safety and environmental protection procedures on site, and pay particular attention to compliance of all parties (colleagues, suppliers, external service providers, etc.). On this basis, a quality health, safety and environmental (QHSE) policy was devised by Rubis Énergie and Rubis Terminal, to protect the physical integrity of their workers and minimize the impacts of any major accidents. Since 2015, variable compensation for Group Management includes a criterion relating to the accident rate (frequency rate of accidents at work per million hours worked), underscoring its commitment and involvement in safety issues.