Given the nature of the work that we undertake, safety is of paramount importance to us at UEM Edgenta, and every effort is made to inculcate a safety culture among all employees. Our ultimate objective is to be a safety conscious organisation, in which upholding the highest standards of safety is an ongoing process that is continuously refined and enhanced.
3Es Approach to HSE
At UEM Edgenta, we have adopted the 3Es approach for HSE Management:
Developed an internal HSE Maturity Assessment as a self-assessment tool to gauge the current level of HSE maturity to be applied by all business divisions, projects or departments. This tool enables a more focused and structured approach to managing HSE at all levels whereby solutions can be customised by leveraging on the strengths and good HSE practices to address any weaknesses and interventions can be prescribed to close any gaps including review of SOPs and HIRARC, assessment of impact of our business activities on environment as well as enhancement and re-engineering of key business processes. The assessment is carried out annually to monitor performance improvement and progress
Continuous awareness, training and knowledge sharing programmes are conducted so that everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues on a daily basis. At project and work sites, daily safety reminders are given through tool-box talk briefings and regular safety conversations are held between the project and operations team with their sub-contractors during weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings. Safety inductions are performed for new personnel as part of the on-boarding programme and upon award of new contracts to subcontractors.
Enforcement of HSE requirements is achieved through monitoring of compliance to SOPs and legal requirements, In addition to scheduled internal audits, random checks are carried out by HSE personnel from HQ, region and section offices and hospitals to ensure compliance.
For subcontractors, enforcement is done through applying the relevant penalties specified in the service level agreements of any non-compliance to HSE requirements and/or breach of contract.
The continued implementation of the Propel Safety Passport (PSP), Malaysia’s first occupational safety and health ‘passport’ for highway maintenance, was launched in 2014 as a collaboration between Edgenta PROPEL and NIOSH. More than 60% of the Infra Services staff have attended the programme where further roll out in 2016 of an enhanced PSP customised for subcontractors working on highways.
Other HSE initiatives include:
- Enhancement of Edgenta PROPEL’s Intervention Team (PIT) vehicles with enhanced features with larger beacon and Chevron directional lights especially when works are carried out at night.
- Enhancement of Traffic Management Plan to provide Safety Work Zone for workers.
- Setting-up UEM Edgenta Safety Training Centre to conduct safety awareness among all employees.