Work safety

To achieve the high level of safety awareness, MOL Group continuously seeks opportunities to widen its communication channels to involve all levels of employees from top management to shop-floor workers, as well as contractors in improving safety. Our vision is to be in the top quartile of international oil companies in our peer groups in terms of several parameters, naturally including safety issues. To measure our status we compare our safety performance on Group and Business/Flagship/Opco levels to industry benchmark figures published by Concawe, IOGP andCEFIC. We all at MOL Group are committed to acting responsibly on the health, safety, environmental (HSE) and social impact of our activities as part of day-to-day business and improving asset integrity and preventing incidents of every type, whilst maintaining a high standard of emergency response. The safety-related objective of MOL Group is “Implement programs that aim for zero incidents”. As a result of these systematic efforts and programs implementation, we are able to improve our safety performance year by year. Ultimately, this means our employees and contractors could return home safely after our working day.

Life Saving Rules

The heart of MOL Group’s safety program is called Life Saving Rules introduced in 2014. The Life Saving Rules program puts ten simple but fundamental safety rules at the centre of attention and reinforces what employees and contractors must know and do to prevent serious injuries or fatalities.

The Life Saving Rules apply to high-risk works where failure to comply with rules can create the greatest potential for serious injury or death. In fact, the rules are based on our former and of our peers’ experiences in the industry. Our aim is to significantly increase compliance with these rules through their intensive communication and the consistent implementation of motivation system and disciplinary actions when rules are violated. The goal is not to blame and dismiss people, but to save lives. The ultimate aim of the program is to build up a culture of compliance and intervention.

HSE leadership engagement and safety trainings

Training scheme of HSE Leadership Engagement program for all groups of employees, from top managers through line managers, leaders and supervisors are designed. Training program is run through network of internal trainers who are educated using a multi-phase (training, dialogue workshops) modular system which requires that they acquire presentation techniques and teaching skills to prepare them for their training tasks. After the successful Top150 and Top600+ HSE leadership engagement trainings execution, MOL Group rolled-out the program scope to front line supervisors (1500+) in order to now shifting their minds towards safety and starting a cultural shift whereby everyone is a safety leader.

Training materials for different level and scope of safety trainings are in place and continuously updated with case studies prepared using actual HSE events which have occurred at MOL Group to enhance trainee engagement. We use both classroom and practical training sessions, which are extended by e-Learning systems. We believe that the right combination of training tools is key to the development of the HSE awareness and competency of both field and office employees. The practical trainings for key and critical activities are now supported by newly established HSE Training Centre at Slovnaft in 2016 with the strategic action of establishing additional centres at other flagships and/or operational companies of MOL Group by 2020. The HSE Training Centre at SN is established to provide own staff, firefighters and contractors with on-going training to enhance their ability to respond to any unpredictable, dangerous or emergency situations. The Center consists of the Classroom, Training Hall, Gas & Fire Polygon Site and Confined Space Entering / Fall Protection Site.

Safety Programs

Recognising the significance of human behaviour in the safety of our daily operations, after a decade of experience in the application of DuPont’s Safe Behaviour Observation System, MOL Group introduced its Stop card system to let any of the workforce (from top managers to shop-floor workers), contractors and visitors contributing to the development of our safety culture and to reducing unsafe activities and unsafe conditions at our sites, together with sharing positive observations through recognizing safe behaviours. While human behaviour is a fundamental factor in safety performance, it is equally important to ensure that safe working systems are in place. To make compliance with the Life Saving Rules, MOL Group launched various safety programs at operational companies such as Fall protection, Energy control (LOTO), Job safety analysis (JSA) and Last-minute risk assessment (LMRA), with multi-year implementation approach. The Fall Protection program – which runs across continents and operations – incorporates the hands-on training of at-risk employees and the risk-based refurbishment of our facilities to offer the highest level of fall protection available. Our Energy Control initiative focuses on one of the top hazards of the industry, the safe and systematic isolation and control of hazardous energy sources (such as high pressure, electricity, flammable or caustic materials) before any maintenance is carried out at our plants, on machinery or equipment.

As per business plan for continuation further programmes to come are Gas hazard/Confined spaces, e-PTW, Lone-working and Safe lifting operations – however with proper timing to make sure that there is enough time for the implementation of the already launched programmes. Key control over other hazards related to maintenance activities is ensured through the work permit system, which is gradually being transformed into an electronic version at an increasing number of operations.

After a thorough analysis of all the incidents at MOL Group it is visible that slips, trips & falls (at same height) are the number one cause of non-serious personal injuries massively for years within MOL Group. This involves both technological & office employees and every year several fractures are happening.

Based on the above-mentioned MOL Group launched a group wide campaign - called Unconscious behaviour program - covering technological operations and areas in order to change the mind-set of all shop-floor (blue collar) workers to avoid and eliminate of slips, trips & falls hazards. The main goal of these workshops and trainings is to reduce the number of personal injuries caused by unconscious human errors in MOL Group whilst raising awareness of safety, emphasizing the importance of safe behaviour.

Incident Reporting and Investigation

In the case of HSE events, including near-miss cases especially with high potential (HiPo) consequences it is crucial to identify why and where things have gone wrong and how they should be corrected to prevent future recurrence, losses and interruptions to operations by improving the management system and organizational culture that allowed the incidents to occur in the first place. Our Incident Reporting and Investigation System (IRIS) integrates immediate electronic reporting of incidents through emailing and the tool we employ for thorough incident investigation. For investigating serious incidents we apply the industry standard ’Tripod Beta’ methodology as one of acceptable root cause analysis systems. Lessons learnt are shared throughout the company in comprehensive summaries and photos as part of the HSE Alert system to increase the level of awareness of all employees. We are committed to share all information in a personalized way as much as possible.

A new Training Centre was established in Slovnaft to provide own staff, firefighters and contractors with on-going training to enhance their ability to respond to any unpredictable, dangerous or emergency situations. The Center consists of the Classroom, Training Hall, Gas & Fire Polygon Site, Change Room, Staff room, Air Condition Room and Confined Space Entering / Fall Protection Site. These areas allow for own staff, outsourced firefighters and contractor employees to experience on-going training to enhance their ability to respond to any unpredictable, dangerous or emergency situation.