Oceana Group

Health and safety

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. The group has had no fatalities on board its vessels for more than 10 years.


Oceana’s Employee Wellness Programme Policy provides details of current wellness programmes available to employees, which includes an annual screening process and patient management follow-up service. The life-threatening diseases policy indicates the support offered by the company should employees be diagnosed with a chronic and/or life-threatening disease.

Aids strategy tool

Oceana has adopted the AidsRating® analysis tool to manage its strategy relating to the impact of Aids. This is a document consisting of 93 questions, which provides a score and allows for benchmarking, internally and externally, with other companies and industries.

HIV Actuarial Summary 2012

Health induction training

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.

Clinic facilities

The operational sites provide clinic facilities, managed either in-house or outsourced. The clinics provide both primary health care and occupational health care to employees and strategic advice to management.

Risk assessment

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. The land and sea-based facilities covered by the health and safety audit contributes to a total of 97,3% of Oceana’s turnover. Audits are conducted on all hake and horse mackerel vessels annually. The pelagic, lobster and calamari vessels are audited on a rotational basis. Each vessel is audited every three years due to the amount of vessels in these divisions.

Disabling injury frequency rate

The group’s disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) for 2012 was 0,96 (2011: 1,2). A detailed analysis of injury incidents is undertaken.