Safety is at the top of our agenda and we strive for Zero Harm. As individuals and as teams, we commit to taking personal responsibility for safety, communicate safety concerns, and actively share best practices and learn from near-miss incidents. We have processes and tools in place to help ensure that every employee, both on-shore and at sea, can operate in the safest work environment possible. Our Health, Safety and Environment Policy is a directive that we embody in all our work activities. These are all part of the safety culture at BW.
To be the industry leader for safety, we always ensure that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations. With organisational and individual commitment to safety, we can better ensure Zero Harm to people, environment, cargo and vessel.
Structured Approach to Safety
All processes and programmes take place within a ‘just culture’ framework, and employees are encouraged to provide safety-related information. To maintain competence on the job, we offer continual best practice training programmes. These professionals provide timely feedback for operational improvements, and practice formal reporting of near-misses and incidents. The reports are important leading indicators of safety, triggering forward-thinking which strengthens our safety culture.
Safety at Sea
Onboard safety is enforced by each Captain. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn while on board, and the Shipboard Management Team communicates, supervises and guides crew on safe work practices. Tool box meetings, onboard and web-based training programmes as well as drills are conducted regularly to prepare seafarers for any challenge.
Safety on Shore
Onshore safety is addressed and communicated at monthly management meetings, in weekly operations reviews, and at regular Officer Conferences and in-house safety workshops. Internal newsletters are distributed on a monthly and quarterly basis and vessel reports and incidents are discussed in these publications. Offices in Singapore, Oslo, Manila and Mumbai also practice standardised safety briefings for visitors and hand out safety cards to orientate visitors to our offices and inform them on what should be done in an emergency.
Our employees are the foundation of our business. Safety of our people and our vessels will always be a priority in any decision. This is our company policy, and our way of doing business.
Risk and Safety Management Policy
We aspire to achieve zero harm in all our operations, to protect the health and safety of all employees and individuals, preserve the environment, and avoid damage to vessels and property.
In order to achieve this we shall:
- Ensure that BWFM’s zero harm framework is implement throughout the organisation
- Always ensure that the safety of life and the ship shall take precedence over all other considerations;
- Ensure continual improvement through a systematic and proactive approach in management of safety and risk;
- Assess all identified risks to our business and establish appropriate safeguards;
- Use risk management as a key element to provide focus on critical issues and implement mitigating actions;
- Promote individual awareness to ensure that safety is an integral part of any operation;
- Provide safety awareness, training, instructions and supervision to support zero harm in all areas of the company’s operations;
- Ensure that Management ashore and onboard are committed to safety and always lead by example;
- Facilitate open discussion and feedback to build up a just safety culture;
- Comply with the BW Life-Saving Rules
- Managing Director of BWFM and BWFM leadership team, for policy review and enforcement
- Heads of Department for implementation and development
- Masters must ensure that the policy is well implemented on board
- All BWFM personnel and contractors are responsible for safety at work
At BW, we are committed to protecting the security of our seafarers, vessels and cargo at sea. We have measures in place to deter attacks and safeguard the well-being of all on board.
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We always strive for Zero Harm, and we remain prepared for incidents on board our vessels. Effective emergency response requires us to be ready to manage any incident.
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Zero Harm Campaign
Zero Harm is an organization-wide safety campaign. Its goal is to make sure safety remains the priority in all our operations.
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