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 are committed to the reduction of the use of pesticide and fertilisers in our operations, including our suppliers, and it is reflected in the continuous reduction 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.
Insecticides Insecticides 0.5328 0.1211
0.0947 0.0215
0.0089 0.0020
0.0022 0.0005
Acephate 3.3300 0.7568
Dimethoate 1.1000 Not used in fruiting palms
Amitraz 1.0138 Not used in fruiting palms
Fipronil 0.0740 0.0168
Abamectin 0.0495 Not used in fruiting palms
Carbosulfan 1.7760 0.4036
Bacillus thuringiensis 0.5180 0.1177

Propineb 23.1000 Not used in fruiting palms
Mancozeb 4.4000 Not used in fruiting palms
Difenoconazole 1.3750 Not used in fruiting palms
Thiram 17.6000 Not used in fruiting palms
Herbicides Glyphosate isopropylamine 3.2400 0.7364
2,4-D Dimethylamine 0.0216 0.0049
Triclopyr butotyl 0.2160 0.0491
Fluroxypyr meptyl-ester 0.0225 0.0051
Glufosinate-ammonium 1.3365 0.3038

Glyphosate isopropylamine
1.2150 0.2761
0.8640 0.1964
0.4320 0.0982
Glyphosate isopropylamine 0.3240 0.0736
Metsulfuron-methyl 0.0180 0.0041
Metsulfuron-methyl 0.0090 0.0041
0.0300 0.0068
0.0090 0.0020
Metsulfuron-methyl 0.0090 0.0020
Sodium Chlorate 1.6335 0.3713
Sodium Chlorate 4.4550 1.0125
MSMA 39.5% / Diuron 7.8%  2.6280 0.5973
Oxyfluorfen 0.0630 0.0143
Fluazifop-butyl 0.1350 0.0307
Indaziflam 0.0450 0.0102
Clethodim  0.1440 0.0327
Molluscide Metaldehyde 0.0006 NA
Rodenticide Warfarin 0.0148 0.0034
Chlorophacinone 0.0015 0.0003
Coumatetralyl 0.0002 0.0000
  Bromadiolone 0.0015 0.0003
  Brodifacoum 0.0009 0.0002
  Flocoumafen 0.0002 0.0001
Wet & Stick Wet & Stick 0.4736 0.1076


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.
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