Health and Safety
As a mature corporate citizen, Tongaat Hulett Starch is committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly development, responsible community relationships and the highest standards of health and safety at all our facilities.
Our Occupational Health and Safety Management System is based on the international OHSAS 18001 code of practice and we adhere to all Occupational Health and Safety legislation and regulations.
Tongaat Hulett Starch’s safety management fundamentals are founded on 0TT0 “zero tolerance, target zero” an approach to safety that requires an absolute adherence to standards at all times and an intolerance of unsafe acts or conditions.
Tongaat Hulett Starch expects its operations to be fully accountable for communicating, training, implementing, and auditing the GOLDEN RULES of safety to ensure compliance and performance.
These Golden Rules are strictly enforced by all operations to ensure the safety of our employees and contractors, and to safeguard the community.
The following fundamentals are embedded in each of our Golden rules:
- Identify hazards and assess risks before activities commence.
- Hazards and risks must be reviewed whenever processes, people or natural circumstances change.
- All persons will be trained and competent in the work they conduct.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn as defined by risk assessment and minimum site requirements.
- Emergency response plans, developed from a review of potential emergency scenarios, will be in place before commencement of work.
- Zero tolerance means stopping work that is unsafe.
We Think Safe at all times.
Health, Environment, Risk and Quality Policy
Tongaat Hulett Starch, the starch and glucose division of Tongaat Hulett Limited, manufactures a range of products derived from maize.
The management and employees are committed to:
- The prevention of injury and ill health
- Providing a safe and healthy environment for all employees
- The continuous improvement of the quality and safety of our products, services and business efficiency
Tongaat Hulett Starch is therefore committed to:
- A Customer focused practice – satisfying our customers with maize derived starch and glucose products that consistently conform to agreed specifications, at internationally competitive prices, while meeting or exceeding agreed service levels and quality.
- Legislative compliance – complying with relevant national, provincial and local environmental, quality, health and safety legislation and regulations, and other non-regulatory requirements and international standards which may apply from time to time.
- A Systems and process approach – implementing and maintaining a documented safety, health, environmental and quality (SHERQ) management system and processes and striving for certification, as relevant, to OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 at all milling, refinery and divisional support operations.
- The involvement of people – actively encouraging and supporting the involvement of people at all levels, working together to continually improve safety, health, environmental, and quality performance.
- Leadership – setting objectives and implementing management programs to improve health, safety, environmental and quality performance for risks deemed to be unacceptable.
- Establishing and maintaining an effective organization structure with defined roles and responsibilities to address safety, health, environment and quality issues.
- Establishing and maintaining an effective internal and external communication system among all the levels and functions of the organization and relevant interested parties, including contractors and visitors to our work place.
- Providing the necessary resources required in implementing this policy by providing the training necessary to enable everyone, including management, to participate fully in the safety, health, environmental and quality and management system.
- Sustainability – improving the quality of human life while living within and not impacting the capacity of supporting ecosystems with the prevention of air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
- A factual approach to decision making – the identification of hazards, the assessment of risk, and where appropriate, taking all reasonable steps to control, minimize or eliminate those risks on an ongoing basis.
- Optimizing the use of raw materials, particularly maize, and utilities, mainly water and energy, to reduce wastage, pollution and cost.
- Supplier partnerships – establishing mutually beneficial, long term partnerships with suppliers.
- Communication – ensuring that this policy is communicated and understood through training and by making it available, both internally and externally, to interested and affected parties.
This policy is reviewed at least annually to ensure that it remains current and valid.
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