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Performing our operations safely is of fundamental importance. We are committed to minimising risk wherever it occurs.

 

 

 

 

Protecting the wellbeing of our employees, suppliers, contractors and collaborators, and the communities within which we operate, is of the utmost importance to the Trafigura Group.

Our approach

Three health and safety objectives determine our approach. First, we aim for zero work-related fatalities; second, we seek to reduce the number and severity of incidents; and third, we work to share lessons from incidents and near misses, with a view to continually improving our performance. We seek to embed health and safety objectives into the ethos of the Group and promote a culture where all colleagues regard them as indivisible from our commercial objectives.

  1. Zero fatalities
  2. Reduce the number and severity of incidents
  3. Share lessons to improve performance

Health and safety performance

Following the structure and expectations set out in the MSF, our operations develop and maintain management systems appropriate to the nature and scale of their activities. Each division and operating company is expected to:

  • Identify and evaluate health and safety risks
  • Implement controls that eliminate or minimise risks as much as reasonably practicable
  • Take action to prevent repeat incidents
  • Report all incidents and near misses
  • Investigate serious incidents and high-potential near misses
  • Plan for emergencies
  • Set improvement targets and track performance
  • Ensure that the workforce has the appropriate level of competency and adequate resources
  • Undertake periodic checks and audits to verify the effectiveness of these measures

Senior managers and facility managers are incentivised to achieve HSEC goals within their specific areas of responsibility. Both quantitative and qualitative targets form part of performance assessments. These are tailored to their individual responsibilities but may include, for instance, reducing LTIR below a target level, improving the quality and frequency of near-miss reporting, and delivering tangible improvements in contractor risk management.

To make effective use of our time and resources, we focus our attention on incidents and near misses with significant consequences, irrespective of actual outcome, as those events often have important learning opportunities. We categorise the significance of incidents according to a five-level scale for both actual and potential consequence. Relatively minor incidents are recorded as Level 1 incidents, while Level 4 and 5 incidents are reserved for serious injuries or death.

We conduct investigations for the following kinds of incidents:

  • Incidents with a Level 3, 4 or 5 actual consequence
  • Incidents and near misses with a Level 4 or 5 potential consequence
  • Level 1 and 2 incidents that occur frequently

Despite our compliance with applicable national and international laws and regulatory frameworks, unfortunately incidents sometimes occur that incur legal penalties. The total amount of fines incurred increased significantly in FY2020 including from Nyrstar operations relating to incidents prior to consolidation into the Trafigura Group, and at Trafigura Mining Group and Galena Asset Management’s majority-owned Wolverine Fuels.

A safety-first culture

A safety-first culture at the Catalina Huanca mine in Peru

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A safety-first culture at the Catalina Huanca mine in Peru

06 January 2021

Managing the impact of COVID-19

Trafigura’s Head of Health, Safety, the Environment and Communities highlights our approach and HSEC performance over 2020 alongside efforts made to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our employees and operations.

06 January 2021

Trafigura’s Head of HSEC highlights our approach and HSEC performance over 2020

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Trafigura's Head of HSEC highlights our approach and HSEC performance over 2020

06 January 2021
2020 Responsibility Report
2020 Responsibility Report

2020 Responsibility Report

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