The Netherlands: APM Terminals’ 5th Global Safety Day Observed
APM Terminals’ Global Port, Terminal and Inland Services Network observed its 5th annual Global Safety Day on October 12th with the participation of 24,000 employees at the company’s facilities around the world.
Each facility will organize their safety day activities around local challenges, concerns or issues. In some cases the program will consist of an emphasis on overall safety awareness, while at other facilities, such as APM Terminals Rotterdam, there will be a full week’s activities devoted to accommodate all personnel, and shifts. All APM Terminals employees will also be required to take part in a survey that will be used to improve the safety culture throughout the organization.
“The survey’s findings will enable us to set priorities at the local level for improving safety culture; moreover, we will use these responses as the basis for a leading indicator in our global scorecard toward achieving a pro-active safety culture. In this way we will be able to check annually where we are in terms of our safety culture” said APM Terminals Head of Safety, Johan Breukelaar.
In 2010, the combined Lost-Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) rate for the combined APM Terminals Global Port, Terminal and Inland Services Network declined by 25% over 2009’s safety performance to 4.35 per million man-hours worked. Near-Miss reports rose by 26% to 12,832 in 2010 from 10,051 the year prior; (when Near-Miss reporting began in 2008, there were a total of 2,600 incidents cited). Global Safety Day has played a central role as part of the overall safety training effort in cultivating enhanced safety awareness and performance.
Recent recognition of APM Terminals’ safety performance includes the Safety at Sea International (SASI) Award for 2010 for the category of Management and Operations, the fourth consecutive Pacific Maritime Association Accident prevention Award for APM Terminals Pier 400, Los Angeles, the Government of Thailand’s Zero Accident Award for Outstanding Safety Performance at Laem Chabang Terminal B-1, and being named winner of the 2011 Lloyd’s List Global Safety Award on September 20th.
“Our goal as a company remains zero incidents and zero fatalities” said Mr. Breukelaar.
About APM Terminals
– providing the port and inland infrastructure to drive global commerce
APM Terminals is taking a leading role in addressing the critical issues facing the transportation industry. With customers and business partners, the company has designed the world’s most comprehensive port and inland network to meet the shipping community’s needs today, tomorrow and in the future. With more than 60 ports and 132 inland facilities in 63 countries – the goal is to offer the market more solutions than ever before to help companies and countries achieve their ambitions.
Source: apmterminals, October 12, 2011