Safety, Environment and Health
HSE is Sinopec's top priority. Ever-persisting in the policy of "Safety First, Prevention Foremost, All Involvement and Comprehensive Control" as well as upholding the principle focusing on all stuff involvement, whole process, all positions and around the clock, Sinopec practices an integrated health, safety and environmental protection (HSE) management. The Company's HSE objectives are to seek zero incidents, no harm to health or deterioration of environment, so as to achieve world-class HSE performance". All subsidiaries execute total HSE management system according to the Company's guidance; implement “I Safe” program; strengthened all staff awareness of HSE; make every effort to ensure sufficient deployment of personnel, funds and facilities to set up an effective mechanism, thus achieving stable and safe operations, progress in environment protection and staff health.
Sinopec Corp. has a complete and sound HSE system. HSE committee, led by the company Chairman, is responsible for HSE management. The headquarter has HSE Dept.. All business units and management divisions have HSE management organizations or positions. HSE branches have been established in every production subsidiary and all major facilities have designated safety engineers. The Company has also formulated a responsibility system of safe production which is strictly implemented and examined.
The Company has set up a comprehensive set of HSE regulations which has been continuously improved so that each position has its rules to follow. For operation sites with high risks, a work permit system and safety identification system have been set up. A HSE inspection network has been established and different levels of general and specific HSE inspections have been conscientiously carried out. National safety pre-assessment mechanism is strictly followed: engineering, construction and operation of safety facilities, fire-fighting facilities and occupational health devices are required to be established in parallel with the key processing facilities for all grass-root, revamping and expansion projects.
Sinopec Corp. makes every effort to manage hidden perils and to create a safe production environment. The Company conducts risk evaluation to eliminate hidden safety perils from existing plants, facilities and utilities. In 2009, the Company invested RMB 1.806 billion in 730 projects to tackle hidden perils, which guaranteed safe operation.
The Company strengthens safety monitoring on key production facilities and vital units. Owing to the tailor-made major accident prevention measures and emergency response plans at various levels, together with emergency response drill, the Company's emergency handling capability has been further improved.
The Company's overall HSE guidelines for 2010 is to adopt the scientific outlook on development, uphold the principle of "Safety First, Prevention Foremost, Comprehensive Management and People First". Activities with the theme “I Safe” and HSE management need to be further carried out. Taking comprehensively implement “Safe Production Ban” as an opportunity, to intensify process control, to improve executive ability, regulation and accountability system and to lay a solid foundation for safe production. Furthermore, the Company will enhance HSE management in an all-round way to achieve an even better HSE performance.
Sinopec attaches great importance to its employees' health and guides all its subsidiaries to conduct occupational health work in conformity with the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases as well as the Regulations on Occupational Health of Sinopec Corp. All its branch companies and affiliates have established occupational health administrations and service organizations. In 2009, complying with the Law on the Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases, the Company comprehensively implemented the HSE management system, adhered to the principle of "people as top priority". Site detection and monitor for potential hazardous materials exposure were intensified; such occupational health management regulations as “Regulations on Occupational Sanitation Management Evaluation” , “Regulations on Sinopec Personnel Protection Material Management”, “Regulations on Schistosomiasis Prevention Management” have been amended，which enforced enterprises to manage occupational sanitation more regularly. The Company is making every effort to improve working conditions, guarantee employees' health, create harmony in petrochemical industry and implement sustainable development.
In 2010, Sinopec Corp. will earnestly implement the Law on the Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases, comply with the principle of "putting people first", enforce on-site monitoring, start mental health study, and provide relevant technical services so as to improve the occupational health work and achieve the health work target.
Sinopec Corp. is dedicated to operate in strict compliance with national laws, rules and regulations, standards and policies, practicing a sustainable growth strategy and pursuing coordinated economic and ecological development, promoting clean production to deliver our promises to the public. The Company commits itself to corporate social responsibilities and set up a good corporate
In 2009, the Company delivered a better performance on environmental protection management. We carried out environmental protection at detailed production processes, fulfilled responsibilities at different levels, emphasized environmental protection management on projects under-construction, and seized critical work in environmental protection. Key enterprises become more qualified in reaching the environmental protection standard, flue gas SO2 in power station was controlled well. Total pollutant emission has been decreasing, with the total volume of pollutants in discharged waste water reduced by 3.6%, and SO2 reduced by 14%.
Sinopec continues to implement clean production in an active manner. As the country are making great efforts to reduce energy consumption and pollution emission, the company revised the “Clean Production Specifications for Refineries”, which ensures a constantly improved clean production. Review and evaluation work for clean production is further carried out, giving an impetus to enterprises’ environmental protection. The clean production order is established with enhanced clean level and the source of pollution is gradually under containment through implementing internal charging system for waste emission and adopting clean production technologies. In 2009, another 3 enterprises won the reputation of Clean Production Enterprise.
Sinopec incorporated the concept of circular economy into production and promoted energy conservation, consumption reduction, water-saving and pollution-minimizing technologies throughout the whole process of production and operation.
Comprehensive utilization of "three wastes" was actively implemented to enhance resource utilization efficiency. Through the application of water conservation and discharge reduction technologies, the Company strengthened management on the use of industry water, intensified checks on water consumption, and emphasized water reuse and multi-level usage. While the plant utilization rate increased significantly, the Company's industry fresh water consumption dropped by 3.3% year on year.
Sinopec attaches great importance to water pollution control. All subsidiaries are required to identify hazards and amend, supplement and standardize the emergency plans of water pollution control with emergency plan drills, equip themselves with materials for emergency use. The subsidiaries' ability of dealing with emergency has been further improved.
By the end of “11th Five-year Plan” period, Sinopec will adopt scientific outlook on development as a guideline, materialize the environmental protection target outlined in the “11th Five-year Plan”, aiming to achieve environmental protection and constant emission reduction, promote clean production in an all-round way, strengthen pollution control and develop circular economy to become a resource-efficient and environment-friendly company.