Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

Safety, health, environment and quality: SHE-Q

Health and safety

We have made great progress in further improving the Boskalis safety standard. The NINA (No Injuries, No Accidents) safety program was widely introduced across the organization in 2010. The program, based on values and rules, has unlocked a lot in a positive sense among both the management and staff. People’s well-being and safety are now paramount within our traditionally more technology and production-oriented organization. The concept enjoys high acceptance and at our sites around the world NINA is now a household name. An extensive training and communication program has been used to bring the NINA values to life. Employees are aware that they are expected to take responsibility and are given the opportunity to take that responsibility. The management is strongly committed and supports decisions that give priority to the safety and well-being of staff. The objective for 2011 of organizing a NINA start-up session for every vessel and every new project was achieved. Risk inventories prior to a project are standard procedure, and also result in dialog with clients and subcontractors regarding preventative measures to avoid unsafe situations.

Safety performance

Transparency regarding safety-related matters has improved considerably. The number of incidents and accidents resulting in sick leave has fallen sharply, while the number of preventive reports of unsafe situations doubled compared to 2010. 
The increase in the number of preventive reports is positive, because it shows that employees feel responsible for a safe working environment. The Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF), the figure that expresses the number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked resulting in sick leave, showed a further decline in 2011 to 0.3 (0.7 in 2010). The figure also includes incidents resulting in sick leave at subcontractors. Our CSR report provides more detailed information about and an analysis of the safety performance.

Technical standard

In developing the NINA program in 2010, a new technical standard for all Boskalis’ floating equipment was also formulated. This standard is based on an analysis of the accidents and incidents. In a large-scale program scheduled for completion by the end of 2012, every dredging vessel will be tested for deviations from this standard and where necessary will be adapted.

Harmonization of SHE-Q policy

In 2011, we also started preparations for harmonizing the policy with regard to safety, quality and the environment with the SMIT organization. Surveys were conducted to identify the differences in policy and structure, and based on this we looked at which aspects would add value if harmonized. Examples include the way incidents are reported, procedures for conducting risk analyses and risk management as well as a standard for personal protection measures. Various workshops were organized with the management teams of the business units in the Netherlands and Singapore to assess feasibility. The harmonization of the policy will initially focus on SMIT’s project-oriented business units.


Our objective for 2011 was to establish and implement a reporting structure for the fuel consumption of our floating equipment and the energy consumed by our office organization to allow for simple periodic reporting on carbon emissions. And we succeeded. 
A more detailed account can be found in our CSR report.


Our plan was to manage the main opportunities and risks on the major works more actively. To achieve this we formulated a policy involving carrying the risk analyses from the tender stage over to the work preparation stage. Structural reporting takes place on the top five opportunities and risks.

Added to My report add to My report Source: Annual review 2011, Report of the Board of Management, page 44