Health & Safety



We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment - we believe accidents and injuries are preventable and have put in place various measures to improve our safety performance and inculcate a safety culture within our operations.


To enhance ownership and accountability in implementing safety & health policies and procedures in operations, we have introduced Key Performance Indicators at various functions and levels. Continuous Training Programmes for Managers, Safety & Health Management Representatives and Safety Committee members are organised to empower operating units to self-assess adequacy of controls in key operational risk areas.

Responsible Safety Practices

SIME (Spot, Intervene, Modify, Execute) Programme
SIME is a programme designed specifically as a behavioural-based safety awareness assessment that promotes a positive intervention culture. Employees are given SIME cards to identify and mark unsafe acts or conditions, step in where necessary to improve or correct the situation, eliminate or reduce the chance of an unsatisfactory act occurring and ultimately ensuring that the act or condition does not re-occur. Safe working conditions are also recommended as part of the process, and awards have been handed out to recognise efforts.

Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) Townhall
The ESH townhall is an open dialogue and sharing session between workers, contractors and our management. It is conducted once every six months at all of the Company's operations. This programme helps raise issues faced by workers directly to the management.
 
Pesticide & Fertiliser Usage

Access to pesticides is highly restricted, and all hazardous substances are stored in designated custom-designed buildings. We keep a register of accidents and incidents of abuse or misuse of chemicals and closely monitor health effects and toxicity. Sime Darby Plantation does not use WHO Class 1A (including paraquat) pesticides. 

We have continuously reduced our pesticide usage over the past decade. In accordance with our commitment to the RSPO P&C, we do not use chemicals identified by the WHO as Class 1A or 1B, or those listed on the Stockholm or Rotterdam convention. We do not use bio-accumulative or persistent pesticides.  Pesticides are only employed as a temporary measure, and are stopped once the situation is within control and natural controls are reactivated.
 

Safety Interventions

We recognise our responsibility to strengthen the safety performance of our operations. Our continued efforts are in support of our contribution to the global goals of good health and wellbeing. The key to our delivery is to ensure that our people have the necessary technical and educational support in occupational safety and health.
 
Ergonomic Risk Assessment Project (ERA)

In order to manage the exposure of noise hazards towards employees and contractors, the Hearing Conservation Programme was introduced. We are also working together with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) & Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to review the Ergonomic Risk Assessments and to study the usage of Tanizawahelmets (shorter lids) for harvesters, especially when harvesting tall palms.
Mill Machinery Safety

To reduce the LTI cases reported from the operation of mill machinery, few improvement actions were taken, including:
  • Improving the Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO) standards
  • Development of Model Mills
  • Development of Mill of the Future
Tractor Driver Training

The Tractor Driver On-Job Training (TD-OJT) Programme for new drivers and untrained tractor drivers are conducted internally by individual operating units. The programme comprises comprehensive training modules and standard assessment methods to ensure that all our tractor drivers have the necessary competencies and skills to operate the machines safely.
Harvester Training

The Harvesting Competency Training Programme (HCTP) in our Upstream Malaysia operations provides guidelines for the estate management to train new workers to become safe and skilled harvesters. This on-the-job training focuses on the rules of harvesting safety, which are:
  • Using the sickle with the right technique
  • Using only approved sickle and sickle cover
  • Ensuring sickles are stored in the right designated area
  • Transport and carry the sickles as per the approved and safe method
  • Periodically conduct inspections on the sickle cover
First Aid Response

First Aid Awareness (FAA), Essential First Aid CPR (EFA) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Basic Occupational First Aid (BOFA) and CPR training internally for our employees in Malaysia are mandatory. We place great importance on the ability and capacity of our people to respond to workplace incidents. This includes ensuring all our workers have basic first aid knowledge. All our workers must understand that safety is everyone's responsibility, which includes being able to assist the people around them.
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