Stolthaven Terminals has held several Safety Days at its terminals globally in an ongoing drive to improve and reinforce safety culture in the company. A second safety day will be held later in the year.
“Everyone should have the expectation that they can return home from work safely, without injury or incident,” the company said.
The company noted that risks in day-to-day life become part of ‘normal’ life and are taken for granted. Complacency can then become the risk. When Stolthaven held its first global, coordinated safety day, the messages were to the point and lessons were learned.
The initial focus included promotion of safety awareness for employees and their responsibility to their colleagues; engaging employees to focus on safety as a ‘time out’ from their normal duties; and highlighting local issues specific to the individual terminals.
Among the day’s events, Stolthaven Moerdijk, in the Netherlands, incorporated the safety day into its team event day, delivering team building with an external facilitator. In the UK, Stolthaven Dagenham focused on its suppliers providing background information. This helped employees to understand exactly why we wear PPE, not just that we have to wear it. There was also a focus on how safety-critical components work – and why no one should just walk past if they notice that a component is damaged.
Stolthaven Houston explored risk awareness and how it impacts on everyone, personally and professionally. The terminal’s safety day started with video and leadership messages, which were followed by group presentations, department showcases on how they reduce risks for the terminal, and finally a celebration of service awards.
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13th July 2018