The maintenance required at the site is entrusted to specialised workers belonging to contractor firms. Some services, on the other hand, are provided by consultants. We have more than 400 contractor firms, more than 80% of which are based in Sardinia and employ Sardinian personnel.
We maintain and build long-term relationships with our strategic partners, regularly checking their technical and economic capacity and their compliance with Health, Safety and Environmental principles (HSE), which are the basis for business success and value creation.
Some contractors performing ongoing work for us at the Sarroch site (maintenance, construction, mechanical and instrument checks, etc.) have a logistics base within the plant compound.
To guarantee that contractor personnel work in conditions of absolute safety, Sarlux organises specific ‘information’ courses, which all contractor workers must attend in order to be approved for entry to the site and their assigned work areas. When scheduled “maintenance shutdowns” and turnarounds are to be performed, the provision of information is intensified and accompanied by the issue of a ‘safety licence’.
These information hours are additional to the specific training provided to workers by their employer, and to mandatory compliance with all the applicable legal requirements.
For example, during the shutdown of the third quarter of 2014, more than 17,000 person hours of information were provided and 968 safety licences were issued to new contractors’ workers entering the site.
Courses delivered to these external workers cover specifically the units on which they will perform maintenance, and the specific risks associated with them. Then come site inspections and joint meetings between Sarlux personnel and contractors, to discuss safety issues and ensure that each worker is aware of plant characteristics, procedures and rules, including the provisions – exceeding legal requirements – which Sarlux has adopted on its own initiative as additional prevention measures for health, safety and the environment (HSE).
Relationships with contractors and their staff have been strengthened in this area, including, in particular:
The drawing up of minimum standards of HSE requirements that all contractors must comply with, besides observing all legal requirements;
The creation of a list of approved contractors for work at the site, restricted to firms complying with the HSE standards.