Occupational Health and Safety
Challenges (GRI 103-1)
Implementation (GRI 103-2) (GRI 403-1) (GRI 403-2) (GRI 403-3) (GRI 403-4) (GRI 403-5) (GRI 403-6) (GRI 403-7) (GRI 403-8)
CKPower recognizes the significance of the quality of life and occupational safety of every employee within the organization as well as contractors, including both office administrators and power plant operators, in accordance with the vision of becoming an illness and injury free organization and the code of conduct, which accounts for workplace environment, safety, and hygiene through occupational health and safety measures. Moreover, the Company has designated workplace safety officers to monitor, audit, and improve workplace environment and safety and ensure continuous compliance with the quality management standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other related safety standards.
In addition, CKPower has held training on health and hygiene for 290 employees, or 15% of the total number of employees, and 1,621 contractors, or 85% of all of its contractors, as well as requires incoming employees to undergo health evaluation before commencing work and an annual employee health check-up to ensure that all employees are in good health and capable of working with efficiency.
Code of Conduct for Workplace Environment, Safety, and Hygiene
Procedures for Identifying Hazards and Assessing Occupational Health and Safety Risks
CKPower is aware of the risks inherent in every step of the working process for employees and contractors and has thus identified hazards and performed occupational health and safety risk assessment each time prior to commencement of work using the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) system, which comprises assessment of all activities and operations within the area of responsibility and enumeration of steps for selected tasks, followed by identification of potential risks and impacts as well as likelihood and severity, all of which are then compiled into an occupational health and safety risk report in order to find solutions and develop a risk prevention and mitigation plan. The risk assessment reports are subsequently filed for future reference in the case that there are any changes to the activities, work characteristics, or work process.
In executing occupational health and safety risk prevention and mitigation, CKPower focuses on activities and work assessed to have moderate risk levels or higher and holds meetings to strategize approaches for risk control based on risk management principles or control measures. Proposal of risk control or mitigation plans is then made to the executives for approval before implementation. Furthermore, the Company has conducted occupational health and safety projects as follows:
Safety Day Program
CKPower has organized the Safety Day program to instill workplace safety awareness in employees, which begins with training on the topic of Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) to increase the efficiency of workplace accident prevention.
This is followed by team-building activities in the Sports Against Drugs segment, which comprises games on safety and a friendly football match to strengthen relationships within the organization. Preliminary results demonstrate that the Safety Day program helps to promote safety awareness in employees and build relationships among colleagues for better collaboration towards the zero accident target.
E-Work Permit Program
CKPower is concerned for the health of employees who operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and has, to this end, established social distancing measures for the workplace. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Company has amended the work permit process by introducing the E-Work Permit system.
With this system, work permit requests can be made via a mobile phone application. The permit requester can log in to the E-Work Permit system through a link and fill out their first name, surname, and department along with the details of the work for which the permit is being requested. The system will then forward the request to the permit approver, and once approved, the work can commence. This adjustment to the work procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic eliminates the need for in-person interaction between the permit requester and permit approver and is, thus, consistent with the COVID-19 prevention measures established by the company.
Safety Toolbox Meeting
CKPower places importance on identifying the potential threats and risks present during any step of the work process across all operational activities by employees and contractors as well as developing and building on its safety programs. To this end, it fosters collaboration within the entire organization through “Safety Toolbox Meeting,” the aim of which is to reinforce employees’ safety knowledge through educational presentations in order to make employees aware of potential hazards and recommend safe working procedures for every activity and step in power plant operation.
COVID Prevention Guidelines
Due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), CKPower in both Thailand and Lao PDR has established prevention measures that are consistent with the standards of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Public Health as well as arranged for body temperature screening and alcohol gel stations at entrances and exits in addition to regular cleaning of communal contact points and weekly ozone disinfection of all areas in its offices and power plant facilities. Additionally, social distancing measures have been implemented for elevator use, and preemptive COVID-19 screening of employees are being conducted to prevent the spread of disease and ensure the safety of employees and operators. All areas of every power plant managed by the Company have been designated as maximum restricted and controlled areas for entry and exit during operations. If an employee is found to have a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius with fever, cough, congestion, breathing difficulty, cold, or any other symptoms of the disease, immediate medical attention will be provided and restrictions imposed on the entry and exit of facilities.
Occupational Health and Safety Targets (GRI 403-9) (GRI 403-10)
CKPower places importance not only on the occupational health and safety and environment of its employees but also on that of contractors and business partners. It is committed to achieving the goal of becoming an “Incident and Injury Free Organization” with a Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of zero, which it considers to be the indicator of the success of its occupational health and safety operations as well as of the Company’s overall performance.
CKPower has set clear targets for occupational health, safety, and environment as detailed below:
Statistics on Health and Safety in the Workplace Environment for 2020
|Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) (Case/1,000,000 Working Hour)||BIC||Employees||0||0||10.69||0||0|
|Consecutive Days of Accident-Free Operation||BIC||575|
- BIC: From the date of the latest incident between June 6, 2019 – December 31, 2020
- NN2: Up until December 31, 2020
- XPCL: From the date of the latest incident between July 17, 2019 – December 31, 2020
Performance on Health and Safety in the Workplace Environment in 2020 (GRI 103-3)
1. Injury and Loss of Life Frequency Rate
|The Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) among employees and contractors is equivalent to||The loss of life rate among employees and contractors is equivalent to||The illness frequency rate among employees and contractors is equivalent to|
The goal of the company in 2021 and in the long term is to become a Zero Accident Organization.
2. Leakage Prevention
Conducting an electricity production and distribution operation from various energy sources, such as water power, steam power from co-generation, and solar power, involves the use of hazardous materials in the form of oils and gases and other chemicals, albeit in small quantities. Nevertheless, CKPower is mindful of the importance of managing hazardous materials in the production process as well as during storage, unloading, and transportation, as the leakage of substances, whether hazardous and non-hazardous, can result in health impacts. Statistics from the Company’s operation in 2020 report zero incidence of leakage, whether of hazardous or non-hazardous substances.
9 Health and Safety Employee Training Programs:
- Refresher course on crane operation
- Workers in charge of signaling, rigging, controlling, and operating overhead cranes, tower cranes, and stationary cranes
- Emergency response drill in the case that gas leakage occurs in designated areas
- Firefighting measures in accordance with ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Standards
- Boiler controllers
- Risk and first aid opportunity assessment
- Three systems of CPR internal audit (9001:2015, 14001:2015, 45001:2018)
- Fire extinguishing and evacuation drills
- Forklift operation
- Supervisory safety officers