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World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020

Safet at work


The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. The ILO estimates that some 2.3 million women and men around the world succumb to work-related accidents or diseases every year; this corresponds to over 6000 deaths every single day - more people die whilst at work than those fighting wars. Worldwide, there are around 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related illnesses annually.

For our ESAR Market, 22 recordable injuries and six recordable illnesses were reported in 2019. More disheartening is that we had serious life changing incidents which could have been preventable. In 2020 YTD (end of March), six recordable injuries and zero recordable illness were reported.

Some of the initiatives rolled out in 2020 to improve our safety culture were:

Stop the Wind

Raise safety awareness and drive compliance to 12 Life Saving Rules. Successful trial at Mossel Bay Factory


Loosely translated, “haikhona” means “no more – enough is enough”. Campaign from Harrismith to bring Incidents down.

Coaching Circles

Shop floor coaching routine - open ended questioning to bring safety to the conscious mind. Sites to focus on their specific losses. (PTW, FHF, Risk Prediction etc.)

Caring Leadership: Principle 2-5

Big 5 Risks, ILOC Coaching, trial the new system. Hearts & Minds training material already adapted and aligned.

Supply Chain SHE Capability Building

Factory visit to review SHE routines, SHE Principles, WoW participate in Coaching Circles. LMD, BI & HO

Visible felt leadership

Monthly leading indicator – PJO & DITL to focus on quality of execution and understanding of site standards.

#ESAR Safe Together

The #Safety campaign was initiated to remind our employees about their responsibility, and to get everyone involved to ensure a safe ESAR dream region.


To deliver our #ESAR Safe Together on Growing our dream region with ZERO incidents by  connecting to our People’s Hearts & Minds, it is expected that each of us must follow these basic principles:

  •  Engage and coach our colleagues when they put themselves at risk.
  •  Safety is simple, before you act, stop and think, and don’t place yourself in the line of fire. 
  •  Challenge the status quo; share your innovative ideas to make our work easier and safer. 

We must burst these injuries and illnesses by enforcing a zero tolerance approach in all of our facilities. We count on everyone to make the right choices, take ownership of our own safety, and demonstrate daily the zero injury and illnesses mind-set.