Dongda uses SHE system to stress safety, ecology
Pictures showing the correct way to wear protective apparel are posted on boards at the entrance of workshops and slogans related to production safety can also be seen everywhere in the production zone of a Shandong chemical company.
This is part of the efforts by Shandong Dongda Chemical Industry Co to improve job safety.
“Safety is an important foundation upon which a chemical company maintains its regular operations,” said Zhao Jiangshun, a senior security officer at Dongda Chemical.
One of the company’s most important long-term safety systems is called SHE, which stands for safety, health and environmental protection.
The company based the system on an approach used by Qenos, an Australian maker of plastics acquired by Dongda’s parent company, China National Bluestar Co, in 2006. It then adapted the process to meet its own needs.
The importance of the SHE system is to introduce an advanced safety concept, Zhao said.
He told China Daily that the Bluestar SHE system has 21 elements for safety management. It integrates risk control and responsibilities at all levels, he said.
Dongda Chemical is currently implementing seven of these elements.
“The system focuses on increasing awareness of the importance of safety and requires all employees to cultivate correct practices and behaviors during production,” he said.
For example, “we ask employees to wear the whole set of protective apparel, including gloves and glasses in the workshops and encourage them to repeat the standard working procedures in their mind every time before they start to work”, Zhao said.
For visitors, in addition to sending a staff member as an escort, the company will also show them the layout of its production area at the beginning to make sure the visitors know the potential risks.
The company has also set sidewalks in the zone and established a safety equipment room at the entrance that serves as the last defense against fire, explosion and other accidents.
Rescue rehearsals will be held annually to strengthen the staff ’s abilities to react to disasters and mitigate dangers from chemical devices. The place for emergency evacuation is also clearly identified.
The company’s safety management team also wrote a textbook for staff and publishes the SHE magazines that cover six sectors, including accident analysis, knowledge promotion and the latest information on SHE implementation.
“We have to force our employees to learn. They will have meetings by groups every week to analyze cases and share experiences, with written records,” Zhao said.
In a monitoring room, photos of some employees and their families are on a desk. Zhao said the initiative aims to remind them that their safety is closely related to the family happiness.
In addition, the company also carries out a monthly program called “Mutual Help”.
Employees in charge of production are divided into groups based on different working positions.
At the beginning of every month, each group leader will list SHE-related problems that have happened in the group and items they need to improve. The group members then will supervise and help each other.
The program received commendations from Qenos during last year’s assessment in July.
Dongda Chemical has also emphasized reporting even the smallest of accidents that happen in the production zone, and all employees are encouraged to be involved in the campaign.
Small accidents refer to slight hurts, such as finger cuts and foot sprain, according to the company.
“From these small accidents, we can find some shortcomings in our safety management system,” said He Henghai, deputy general manager of the company.
The company’s total recordable injury rate per 200,000 working hours in 2013 was 0.62, which was a “very gratifying result”, thanks to the SHE system, he said.
Since the SHE system covers environmental protection, the company has also upgraded its sewage treatment facilities to better meet the requirements of environmental protection.
It will also develop more advanced and green technologies to dispose of industrial exhaust, He said.
A leading polyether glycol producer in China, Dongda Chemical regards safety as a foundation for successful operations.