All of Oceana’s operations in South Africa comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (1993) and in Namibia with the Labour Act (1997). Managing directors of all the operating divisions are responsible for ensuring the implementation of this legislation and the required structures are in place. Health and safety committees are in place in line with the requirements of the Act.
Oceana offers an employee assistance programme that is managed by our wellness partner, Kaelo. This service is well used, for a variety of issues including legal, financial and general counselling advice. Substance abuse is an ongoing challenge in the communities we operate in and Kaelo provides onsite counselling and formal referrals to institutions. The onsite counselling was a pilot project undertaken at various sites to assess the efficacy of our employee assistance programme. The life-threatening diseases policy indicates the support offered by the company should employees be diagnosed with a chronic and/or life-threatening disease.
Employees involved in production processes participate in an induction training session at the start of each season. This includes health and safety training, hearing conservation and tuberculosis awareness. Throughout the year ongoing health and safety training also takes place, for example, fire fighting, first aid, hazardous chemical handling and SAMSA-accredited training for all sea-going employees. Personal protective clothing is issued to employees in accordance with legislative requirements.
We continue to offer onsite clinic facilities, providing occupational healthcare for the wellbeing to our employees.
Risk assessments are regularly conducted in relation to a number of areas, including ventilation, illumination, noise, hazardous chemicals, and refrigeration. Recommendations from the reports are implemented to promote a safe working environment. Fire fighting has been a key focus during the year under review, with several employees attending the relevant training and a number of teams entered the Mutual Risk Group fire team competition for the Cape region.
An independent consultant completes a comprehensive annual risk audit at the larger sites focusing on compliance with this legislation and insurance-related requirements. An annual report-back on this process is presented to the group’s risk committee. All operational land and sea-based facilities are 100% covered by the health and safety audits. Audits are conducted on on 100% of all hake and horse mackerel vessels annually. The pelagic, lobster and calamari vessels are audited on a rotational basis and 100% are covered. Each vessel is audited every three years due to the amount of vessels in these divisions.
The group’s disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) for 2014 is 0,5 (2013: 0,5). A detailed analysis of injury incidents is undertaken.