Safety, People-Focus, Agility, Accountability and Can-Do are the core values at Keppel FELS. Safety is a condition of work to achieve an incident free work environment and the company is committed to ensuring everyone returns home safe at the end of each workday. With a robust HSE management system in place, the company invests in building HSE competency and capabilities through training, outreach activities and empowering every individual in its workforce to intervene and stop any unsafe acts.
Within the Safety Plus Programme and our National WSH Vision 2028, we put our stakeholders at the centre of all our initiatives. Our customers are invited to participate in our HSE Steering Committees and we continue to share with them the lessons learnt beyond delivery of projects in our shipyards. In embracing agility and accountability, we place emphasis on the quality of our work and production innovation as key success factors to deliver our solutions safely and responsibly. We embrace a strong ‘Right mindset, right processes and right tools’ approach to complete our work right the first time, therefore reducing rework, reducing risk exposure to our workforce and more importantly, enhancing our product offering to our customers. We believe in investing in our design, engineering, planning and construction processes by adopting digitalisation and smart asset technology to further value-add to our products and in serving our customers.
With a robust HSE management system certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications, Keppel FELS continue to improve and enhance HSE excellence consistently. The shipyard adopts a set of 10 lifesaving rules and observes zero tolerance in the violation of these lifesaving rules. In addition, lessons learnt from past projects have also led to a set of high impact risk activities (HIRA) being identified in the shipyard where additional risk assessments are performed prior execution of work.
As part of continuous improvement, regular cold eye reviews by third party stakeholders and workforce pulse surveys are undertaken to ensure that feedback and site conditions are addressed holistically. To achieve a positive safety culture and a ‘no blame’ culture within a diverse workforce, we invest in building the HSE competency and capabilities through safety training, raising awareness via various outreach activities and empowering every individual in our workforce to intervene and stop any unsafe acts, practices or workplace conditions without hesitation. Feedback is reviewed and followed up by the respective managers responsible and shared with our customers. Our customers are also invited to review our programmes and contribute their experiences to further enhance our implementation.
At Keppel FELS, we have a collaborative team that fosters strong partnership with internal stakeholders. Frequent engagements are organised with all parties and safety aspects from the planning stage to the execution process are objectively deliberated to achieve the main objective of an incident-free project.
Various site walkabouts are scheduled throughout the year, involving all levels of the workforce from senior management, management, site-specific lead and subcontractors’ representatives. The main objective of the walkabouts is the engagement of the workforce on the ground, understanding their needs and motivating them while ensuring everyone is working safely in a safe working environment. Follow-up actions are planned and reviewed conscientiously in the management committee review meeting.
HSE observation programme
We strongly encourage and facilitate the workforce on the ground to report any unsafe practices anonymously, thus eliminating the perception of fear of having any repercussion. This augments our belief in empowering everyone to stop work and has provided the workforce on the ground with a sense of security to intervene in any unsafe situation.
To simplify the reporting of HSE observations, we introduced Performance Observation Walkthrough & Engagement Reporting (P.O.W.E.R) that allows anyone to report positive observations and hazards through a mobile device platform. The platform captures the types of observations for analysis and subsequent review of the safe conduct of the specific activities. High-risk observations are prioritised and reviewed closely to ensure follow-up action plans are formulated.