The Asia Pacific region consists of 1600 employees, 14 countries, 30 locations, 5 spoken languages with various socio political and cultural differences. The region includes the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Philippines, Saklin Islands, India and Brunei. The HSE Team for Asia Pacific reviewed surveys, administration and implementation of the HSE management systems for the region. This review included traditional HSE data such as LTI's, TRIR, systems / infrastructure auditing in addition to measures of participation in HSE systems. The key findings of the review were:
Levels of HSE performance where unacceptable for the region;
Participation of personnel in HSE was low; and
Systems and infrastructure to support participation was lacking.
It was recognised that no improvements to HSE could be achieved without the relevant infrastructure, training, systems and tools. It would be a waste of time to be seeking participation from personnel in HSE when the organisation has not provided the basics to support HSE. A plan was developed and broken into two key parts being infrastructure and implementation programs.
The HSE systems and infrastructure implemented have become an integral part of day to day business. The systems and processes have been designed and implemented by the personnel who will use them; accordingly the sustainability and continual improvement of the processes will be maintained. The performance improvement has included a TRIR improvement from 4.39 in 2002 to 0.46 in 2005.
The improvements in safety performance have occurred across a wide spectrum of activities, statute laws, cultures and political climates. The participation of all personnel has been the critical element to the success achieved.