"Safety Takes Me Home": BOURBON's participative internal safety awareness campaign
At BOURBON, safety is a genuine dedication to the women and men who work hard every day to serve BOURBON's clients. Therefore, in line with our "zero incident" objective, BOURBON makes sure that personnel injury and all type of incidents are to be avoided at all times.
Reinforce the safety culture
The main goal of this campaign is to increase the knowledge and the awareness regarding important health and safety issues, and to commit every single employee in adopting a responsible and proactive attitude to further keep on improving the BOURBON safety culture.
Simple and effective principles:
- reinforce the active participation of individuals; this is paramount in safety issues
- reinforce group training programs by providing hands-on tools for use in safety meetings
- develop awareness through individual and collective familiarization.
Safety Takes Me Home campaign is deployed onboard all BOURBON vessels and at all operational and base sites. Each year, different focus themes are addressed: enclosed spaces, hand injuries, substance abuse, slip, trip and falls, near-misses, safety tools, pressurized equipment.
Complementary actions to maintain a safety culture
BOURBON is pursuing its efforts demonstrating that the safety is a top priority and mobilization is crucial. In this context, two complementary approaches to Safety Takes Me Home campaigns are held all year through: "Safety Days" and "Safety Stand-Downs".
Safety Days: a proactive approach for all employees worldwide
These days help to mobilize all group employees simultaneously around common safety issues, in order to share best practices and experiences.
Safety Stand-Downs: a response to a serious incident
Conversely, Safety Stand-Downs requiring a greater general awareness. Everyone then stops work a moment to go over the events and talk about them. At the end, a reporting from the field to the Safety teams helps to fuel the process.
Safety referents, BOURBON’s greatest assets
The main relays in the field are our safety consultants. Through their work aboard vessels, sharing experiences and explaining instructions, they ensure the proper understanding and application of safety policies.
"My recommendations must be feasible and sustainable, and for this we must be able to grasp all the HSE aspects related to marine operations. Whether it’s now or tomorrow, we have no room to make mistakes, especially not in this time of crisis!"FREEZ MAKOUNGAQHSE Manager, Bourbon Gabon
A new awareness tool
In March 2016, BOURBON launched its first Safety Post, which was designed to inform employees and prevent incidents both on board and on shore. Over 3 years and 35 issues later, the Safety Post has established itself as a major safety tool, adopted by BOURBON's crews as well as its clients. The “Safety Post” is based on real events and developed to engage individual and team reflection by looking back at and discussing accidents and ways to avoid them.
Safety Post #35: Rescue of a man overboard
2019 awareness campaigns
- Safety Post #35: Rescue of a man overboard
- Safety Post #34: Consider all risks before taking any decision
- Safety Post #33: Don't underestimate the dangers of dropped objects
- Safety Post #32: Risk exposure during bulk transfer
- Safety Post #31: The fuel filter protection: the last barrier to avoid a fire
- Safety Post #30: Risk assessment and heavy weather
See the previous awareness campaigns
Safety Post 2018:
- Significant changes onboard shall be checked and tested
- Identify and manage changes
- Safety first, in all circumstances!
- Risk analysis shall not be neglected
- Do not fall into the “complacency trap” during ordinary tasks
- Passenger transfer: Risk assessment is paramount
- Time versus safety: Make the right choice!
- Clear deck policy can save your life
- Be aware of pinch points during lifting operations
Safety Post 2017:
- Never underestimate potential risks
- Good seamanship can avoid accidents
- Ensure clear and precise communication during operation
- Always check mechanical devices
- Non-routine tasks shall always be prepared
- Trust does not exclude control
- Respect safety barriers to avoid domestic accidents
- Stay alert - Even routine tasks have risks
- Never leave openings unguarded
- Power-tools can be hazardous!
Safety Post 2016: