TRAINING AND PROCEDURES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
Stena gives highest priority to ensuring a safe and secure environment for its employees, as well as for passengers, customers, tenants and freight. Safety work is never completed, and the ambition is continuous improvement.
Issues identified as most important for Stena:
- Ensuring high quality operations to avoid accidents at sea and protect people, the environment and property.
- Ensuring the safety of our employees in areas where there is a risk of pirate attacks.
- Ensuring reliable information security.
A significant risk associated with human resources and social conditions is the risk that Stena’s own personnel will be exposed to environments that are unsafe and hazardous in the course of their work, mainly on board ships and rigs. This risk is minimised by training and clear procedures for hazardous operations. Another identified risk is that employees will not have the right skills, which may lead to accidents. This risk is managed by continuously promoting training and education of employees, to enable them to perform their work safely and securely.
Stena adheres to the national and international conventions governing safety at sea, as well as the design of vessels in terms of for instance rescue operations, prevention of fires and radio equipment. Safety measures are an ongoing activity and are aimed at ensuring continuous improvement and keeping employees continuously updated on safety awareness. The Stena Group has the vision of zero accidents.
During the year, one employee was involved in a fatal accident. The accident occurred in the quayside area in Europoort in Rotterdam, in conjunction with loading. This fatal accident is deeply regrettable. The employee in question worked on a vessel chartered by Stena RoRo.
Information security is an important area for Stena, and there is ongoing work to handle risks related to this, both centrally and in the business areas. This includes screening of potential cyber risks. Annually overall Group exercises are performed for stress testing and identification of technical and social vulnerability in both digital systems and physical premises.
Stena has a Group-wide health, safety and environmental policy. In addition, many of the business units have developed their own policies, which are based on the Group-wide policy and the section of the code of conduct concerning safety. Working proactively is a key aspect of safety work, and to increase contingency measures in crisis situations, Stena has set up a Group-wide Crisis Group to coordinate other groups in the business units. The Crisis Group will also handle crises affecting several business units, and lead Group-wide crisis exercises. The widely-published case of Stena Impero in 2019 is an example of a situation in which proactive measures and preparation ensured the best possible management, in the difficult situation.