Orpic has an extensive safety management programme in place across our plants, with the aim of creating a zero-harm environment. We believe risks can be managed and that accidents are preventable.
Our processes include identification and evaluation of all potential hazards, with management of risks to international standards. We record and communicate our health, safety and environment (HSE) performance on a regular basis, and we have a policy of continuous improvement through incident management procedures which identify and correct deficiencies. We also run regular educational campaigns to address areas in which we believe we can and should improve.
Our Health and Safety Management System, OHSAS 18001, helps us continually to improve our systems, our technology and our employees` skills, as well as promoting safety awareness.
Our refineries have been recognized for their performance in this area, winning the British Safety Council`s International Safety Award over three consecutive years, in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
We have clear emergency planning, preparedness and response procedures across our plants. Our plans have been developed to deal with various levels of possible emergencies at the workplace and we run regular rehearsals.
We have some of the most sophisticated fire fighting systems in the country, capable of handling fire incidents quickly and effectively. Our three levels of protection include operation first line crews, retained fire brigade and full-time firemen on 24-hour duty. These teams are highly trained in fire fighting and also participate in annual emergency exercises.
Our refineries are each surrounded by a ring of water, while grids of hydrocarbon and smoke detectors have been installed around critical facilities to generate alarms in case of a gas leak or fire. The system has been designed to automatically activate firewater sprinkler systems on detection of smoke or significant levels of hydrocarbon.
The security of our plants is maintained by the Royal Oman Police, which provides 24/7 coverage, ensuring full protection of our nation`s strategic resources.