Dongda uses SHE sys­tem to stress safety, ecol­ogy

China Daily (Canada) - - COMPANY SPECIAL - By HAO NAN hao­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

‘Mu­tual Help’

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.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A lead­ing polyether gly­col pro­ducer in China, Dongda Chem­i­cal re­gards safety as a foun­da­tion for suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tions.

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