The safeguarding of health and the prevention of any form of incident/accident to workers at the site are primary values for our company. All Saras Group companies adopt and implement the industry’s principles and best practices to protect health, safety and the environment and to promote the deployment of integrated systems and methodologies for obtaining certifications of conformity to national and international standards. Our companies also ensure that the design, installation and maintenance of plant, machinery and equipment protect workers’ health and safety, respect the environment and ensure prevention of accidents/incidents and that all direct employees, contractor staff and all those authorised to enter the site have been trained, informed and prepared to operate in full awareness of potential risks, both under normal operating conditions and in the event of emergencies.
HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PLAN
The health surveillance plan for 2013, drafted by the competent doctor, sets out the laboratory and instrumental tests for personnel of all departments at the site. The medical clinic situated at the Sarroch site provides medical surveillance services, including preventive clinical examinations, spirometry (lung function tests), audiometry (hearing tests), biohumoral tests, urinary metabolite tests (hippuric acid, methylhippuric acid, total phenols, trans-muconic acid), eye tests and substance abuse detection tests.
Pursuant to the applicable legislation, the staff members subject to health surveillance must undergo the tests set out in the plan every six months. But the medical clinic is open to all staff members, who are also entitled to some types of dental treatment.
At the first check, all the instrumental tests are carried out, as well as biohumoral and urinary metabolite tests. The second check focuses on biological exposure monitoring tests (complete blood count and urinary metabolites). Lastly, substance abuse tests are carried out on emergency response teams and drivers.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH MONITORING
A number of workplace monitoring campaigns have been implemented at the refinery over the years, in both open and closed environments, to detect physical, chemical or microclimate hazards (hazardous and carcinogenic substances, electromagnetic fields, biological agents, etc.).
The monitoring programme involves scheduled periodic checks and meets fully the legal requirements concerning protection of workers’ health and safety.
The aim of the monitoring campaigns is to measure the level of risk to personnel operating inside the site after exposure to organic and non-organic compounds selected according to the raw materials used, the site’s production cycles and, of course, their intrinsic hazard level.
Monitoring involves both night-shift and day-shift staff in production areas and staff who can be regarded as potentially exposed to risk, based on their work activities.