TOTAL RECORDABLE CASE
FREQUENCY RATE recordable injuries per million hours worked
SYSTEMS AND POLICIES GUIDE CONDUCT
To promote high standards of corporate governance and ethical business conduct, Santos has a clear set of values, policies and procedures to guide the actions of the Company and employees in all the areas of the business.
Santos’ employee injury frequency rate continued to fall for the fifth successive year but the contractor injury frequency rate increased, resulting in the total recordable case frequency rate increasing to 6.4 in 2006.
This includes an integrated code of conduct which prescribes that, in addition to compliance with all applicable legal requirements, all employees are expected to adopt appropriate standards of professional and business conduct in their dealings on behalf of Santos.
The table on page 24 summarises the areas covered by these systems and policies.
One of Santos’ systems is a comprehensive Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) used to define performance expectations and accountabilities, and to monitor and continually improve performance.
Annual audits of EHSMS implementation show a number of Santos sites have reached or are approaching the continuous improvement zone, reflecting a fully functioning and improving system in place.
The EHSMS is a dynamic system which is continually being improved to ensure it is current and aligned with the changing nature of Santos’ business.
EHSMS MANAGEMENT STANDARD ASSESSMENTS % implementation
Continuous Improvement Zone
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More detail about this and the other systems Santos has in place can be found in the Corporate Governance section which begins on page 36.
In 2006, Santos launched a Reporting Misconduct program where employees can confidentially report non-compliance with laws and regulations and Company policy and procedures without fear of reprisal or discrimination.
The Reporting Misconduct program reflects corporate best practice and is an additional last resort mechanism to report non-compliance.
SAFETY FOCUS CONTINUES
Santos’ safety vision is that ‘we all go home from work without injury or illness’. After achieving its best ever safety performance in 2005, with a total recordable case frequency rate of 4.9, Santos had a mixed performance in 2006.
The employee injury frequency rate continued to fall for the fifth successive year but the contractor injury frequency rate increased, resulting in the total recordable case frequency rate increasing to 6.4 in 2006.
Baseline in 2006