Occupational Health and Safety

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC) is committed to creating operational excellence in accordance with the corporate mission by recognizing and considering its responsibility for the safety, occupational health, and good working environments of the operators. GPSC has therefore established proactive management and measurement to prevent potential hazards from machines in work areas, circumstances, or work processes to reduce and control risks in all such processes that may lead to injury, illness, and death, including the impact on the community and the surrounding environment. As a result, emphasis will also be placed on the continuous monitoring of production efficiency and availability, as well as assessing the risks and impacts of work processes in every step and strictly complying with the laws related to security, safety, and occupational health, with the vision, mission, and implementation of various activities aimed at driving the organization towards a zero-operator incidence as follows:

Safety Vision

GPSC realizes and places importance on conducting business with the utmost responsibility to safety, society, and the environment, Therefore, we work under vision and establish quantitative targets for improving OHS performance metrics to "Drive Zero Incidents that Harm People", which aimed at driving towards a zero-operator incidence. GPSC has also fostered the corporate safety culture 'WE SAFE' to create an attitude of safety for everyone to work in every process under the corporate safety culture.

Working safely, paying attention to each person, thinking before doing something and stopping work if unsafe
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Security, safety and occupational health mission
  • Quality and confidence must meet customer needs.
  • Establishing standards and driving QSHE, Process Safety Management and maintaining a corporate safety culture of 'WE SAFE' to cultivate safety awareness in the GPSC DNA.
  • All hazards are identified and controlled to a minimum to the extent that there are appropriate actions for all scenarios.
  • Increase the QSHE efficiency with the 3Es: Engineering, Education and Encouragement to employees and contractors.
  • Safety is a must without any compromise
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Occupational Safety and Health Supervision

GPSC has set up a committee on Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Committee according to the law in every area of the company. The committee consists of executives, operators, and safety officers who work at the GPSC head office and power plants. The committee meets at least once a month to discuss the following agenda:

  • Identification of OHS risk, hazard assessments and harm in workplace
    GPSC has the Health Risk Assessment document that details a procedure on OSH risk identification. Responsible functions and personnel require to perform Health Risk Assessment (HRA), Identifying Health Hazard and Health Effects, Exposure Evaluation, and Risk Identification and Risk Management. The results of such procedure will be applied in the development of OHS action plan and KPIs.
  • Action plan to reduce harm in workplace with quantified targets
    Based on health risk assessment, OHS previous-year performance, and worker participation, GPSC develops the OHS action plans and KPIs to reduce risk and promote safety at workplace.
    In 2021, one of our OHS risk identification results was in the spread of COVID-19 at GPSC workplace from independent contractors. Consequently, we announced the COVID-19 action plan, “Adjustment Measure of Preventing COVID-19 Infection for Independent Contractors and Third Parties Working in GPSC’s Premises” to control the COVID-19 infection at GPSC workplace. We set the quantified targets of 100% independent contractors and third parties had the antigen test kits before contacting GPSC.
  • Actions to prepare for and respond to emergency situations
    GPSC assigns the Emergency Response Team (ERT) to prepare for emergency situations of every operating sites. The ERT creates and regularly updates the action plans to response to emergency events. The action plan indicates roles and responsible personnel, the process details in various scenarios (e.g. explosion, toxic gas cloud, and chemical spill), communication channel, equipment to be used, and external local contacts lists during the crisis.
  • Evaluation of progress of the existing action plan on reducing/preventing health issues/risks against targets
    GPSC has OHS meeting, a regular meeting to evaluate progress of the working teams according to OHS action plans. In 2021, The Health and Safety meeting agenda were safety precaution, weSAFE Care & Share, OHS survey results, and others.
  • Internal inspections
    GPSC assigned internal auditors to conducts internal inspections regularly. Our internal inspections are based in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22301, and ISO 27001. The responsibility of the internal auditors are as following:
    • Research on law and regulation relevant to occupational health and safety
    • Review audit checklist and audit guideline
    • Coordinate with functions to internal inspection
    • Collect occupational health and safety-related data
    • Write a occupational health and safety report and provide suggestion for improvement to functions.
    Please see “Internal Inspections” file for our internal auditors teams (p.3-9) and their responsibilities (p.9), marked in yellow highlight.
  • Updates on procurement and contractual requirements
    GPSC has the procurement and contractual requirement in the “Service Agreement” document (Confidentiality), where suppliers require to meet such requirement. This document includes the following information:
    • Definitions
    • Scope of Services
    • Remuneration and Terms of Payment
    • Form of Performance Bond
    • Code of Conduct
    • Form of Reports
    • Personnel Protection Equipment
    • Safety Rule and Regulation

In addition, the company promotes and supports activities on occupational safety, including the monitoring of safety performance as well as complaints from employees on a regular basis and independent external verification with ISO 45001, using this information to plan for operational improvement and present these to senior management for their acknowledgement.

Regarding occupational health and safety, the company aims for zero worker incidents, which would build confidence in the business operations of the company and stakeholders in all sectors. Therefore, it is a requirement to systematically and efficiently improve the storage of safety performance data, work-related injuries, ill health, diseases and incidents in order to allow for the retrieval speed and accuracy of such data, which can then be used for analysis, along with setting guidelines for solving such incidents in the future.

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GPSC realizes that effective safety management in operational processes will be able to prevent risks that may arise from serious accidents and provide a framework for use in operations throughout the value chain of the company. Process Safety Management (PSM) is a part of the Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS). It covers design processes, engineering, manufacturing operations, monitoring of production efficiency and availability, including maintenance and risk assessments, to formulate plans for the management, prevention, and risk control of the production process under normal, abnormal, and emergency-type conditions, as well as training and safety-enhancing programs for the production process in order to allow for efficient and safe working. In addition, the company has set up a Process Safety Management (PSM) Working Group and an Internal Audit Committee and has also been established and audited to certify the process safety management according to the standard of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand and the group policy.

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Processes for Assessing and Preventing Occupational Health Risks

GPSC is aware of the risks and hazards in every operation of its employees and contractors. Therefore, the company has acted to identify and assess the security, safety, occupational health, and environmental risks and opportunities covering all activities in the operating environment and all areas of the business unit under the GPSC business administration. The company considers all activities and the working environment of all positions in each department by creating a list of activities and then indicating the risks and opportunities of safety, occupational health, and environmental issues. Then rank them in order of the significant risks of each activity to take corrective action or formulate a remedial management plan to reduce the risk to an acceptable level or eliminate it by reporting progress, problems, and suggestions to the coordinator or representative of the Quality, Security, Safety, Occupational Health, and Environment Management System from time to time. In addition, the results of risk assessment and environmental issues are reviewed at least once a year. When there is a significant change or when an accident at work occurs, the company will review the effectiveness of existing control measures and make improvements to prevent repeat incidents.

Under the vision of the organization to be the global leading innovative and sustainable power company, the management of quality, security, safety, occupational health, and the environment is therefore of fundamental importance. GPSC has established the quality, security, safety, occupational health, and environmental policies to be used as a management framework that executives, employees, contractors, and stakeholders from all sectors must implement as a framework for operating within the group of companies. In addition, the company has established and certified the following management systems internationally, namely:

Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)

Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (ISO 45001)

Business Continuity Management System (ISO 22301)

All these 4 systems have been certified, covering both the power plants and the head office, in order for the organization to be able to manage systematically and gain international recognition. GPSC pays close attention to managing risks that may affect business continuity, which may in turn affect stakeholders. In addition, the company has also assessed the business impacts and risks under a business continuity management system (ISO 22301) to ensure that the company is able to continuously meet the needs of customers without affecting stakeholders. In 2022, the company will have maintained the ISO 22301 certification from the Management System Certification Institute (Thailand), or MASCI.

In addition, each worker has the right to immediately deny or stop working during operations if it is found that any activity on the job could lead to an accident or safety and environmental incidents. It is considered not only a right but also a duty if it is deemed that the circumstances may be dangerous, which is to protect colleagues from injury or accidents that may arise in the work process.

The power to refuse to continue to work has the following steps:

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GPSC places great emphasis on cultivating safety awareness among employees with a safety culture termed "WE SAFE" by promoting and organizing safety activities for all employees and contractors, as well as requiring all of them to undergo SSHE training from the first day of working with GPSC, in order that they acknowledge safe operating procedures according to the nature of their work and in accordance with the international standard. The company has jointly established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) throughout the organization in order to raise awareness regarding operational safety.

GPSC organizes safety promotion activities for all employees to encourage and instill safety awareness, such as 5S, Here We SAFE, Safety Walkthrough, Flash Eye, Substandard Reporting, and other activities as required by law in order to prevent lost time accidents. The next target is 10 million working hours without lost-time accidents.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2021, GPSC pays great attention to preventing and taking care of employees and contractors so that they can work safely and prevent production process interruptions. In addition, GPSC has established a COVID-19 Management Center (G-COVID Center) since 2020 to manage the prevention of COVID-19 together with PTT Group and government policies. As a result, GPSC can operate its business continuously throughout the year. Moreover, GPSC has emphasized to the employees that they must strictly comply with the fundamental prevention measures to reduce the risk of being infected with COVID-19 while traveling, working, or attending the gathering. The company has also supported the COVID-19 Care Kits and Antigen Test Kits (ATK) for all employees, promoted and encouraged employees to receive the vaccinations, invited specialist doctors to provide academic knowledge on COVID-19 prevention. Currently, GPSC employees have already vaccinated around 99.5 percent of the total workforce.

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Web-accident Reporting:

In 2017, GPSC Group has introduce the Web-accident Reporting, as a way to investigate work-related injuries. This platform allows employee to report any accident happened during work, from injuries to ill-health, and from diseases to incidents. The reporting will be available to all employees, including the safety committee. The safety committee and responsible functions will then approach the a person or the situation to control the incident onwards. All the information occur via the Web-accident Reporting is store at GPSC databased for knowledge management.

Safety Enhancement:

In addition, a Safety Enhancement Program has been organized to encourage employees to engage in near-miss reporting and to report substandard conditions or actions, which will lead to corrective action to reduce or eliminate the risk.

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Occupational Health and Safety Training

GPSC places great importance on complying with the relevant laws on occupational health and safety while also developing knowledge and skills on occupational health and safety on a regular basis for its employees as well as contractors, in order to ensure their awareness and ability to perform work in strict compliance with the law, including occupational health and safety training for new employees at all levels through the annual training plan, which is in accordance with the quality, security, safety, health and environmental policy of the company.

As shown in the following table, GPSC provides training for safety personnel to build knowledge and understanding regarding occupational health and safety management.

Course name Executive Operator Support staff Contractor
1. GPSC Group QSHE Orientation
2. Executive Safety Officer
3. Supervisor level safety officer
4. Basic Fire Fighting
5. Specialized safety courses
5.1 Confined Space Safety
5.2 Confined Space Refresher
5.3 Working at Heights
5.4 Radiation Safety
5.5 Crane Operator Training Refresher
5.6 Defensive Driving
5.7 Boiler Controller Refresher
5.8 Ergonomics Training
5.9 Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)
5.10 Safety of Machinery
5.11 Electrical Safety & CPR
5.12 Job Safety and Environment Analysis (JSEA)
6. SSHE Procedure Awareness
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Promoting Occupational Health and Good Health for Employees

GPSC recognizes that a healthy work environment and employee health will help to promote a safe and overall happy working environment. Therefore, the company provides an annual health check-up for all employees, in which additional checks are made according to the risk factors regarding the work environment and the work itself, along with the health check-up results of employees, which are recorded in the E-Health Book system. All employees have access to their own health data, where this information will enable the analysis and follow-up of health examination results by healthcare professionals, as well as be able to be used to create plans to promote good health for employees. GPSC organized various activities to encourage employees to be aware of good health care and to effectively prevent and mitigate the impact of occupational health and safety. The following represent ways in which good health is promoted within the company:

  • Send out an e-mail to educate the employees about health care and the surveillance of seasonal infectious diseases.
  • Organize activities to promote occupational health and personal health, such as “GPSC Health Challenge 2022” projects, to encourage employees to take an interest in exercise and reduce their risk of various diseases.
  • Provide ergonomic training for employees to understand and prevent office syndrome.
  • Encourage employees to exercise outside of working hours by providing a place to exercise along with sports equipment to employees, including various activities and clubs for employees to have good health both physically and mentally.
  • Organize an Employee Counseling Service via telephone and video call for all employees.
  • Support the cost of providing ergonomic equipment to employees during work from home.
Employees are educated on health care and seasonal disease surveillance through email communications.
There are employees participating in GPSC Lose Belly Fat 2022 activity, totaling 182 people.
Sharing healthy methods and promoting health within the organization
Employees understand and can prevent office syndrome from working.
Prepare a convenient channel for employees to consult on mental health.

In addition to preparing for emergencies, the company has provided employees with first aid training so that they can perform resuscitation and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to assist employees who are in accidents, as well as an annual training session, while also providing a medical room with a medical personnel stationed at all times, drugs and medical supplies as required by law, in order for employees to obtain initial treatment for injuries.

Revised as of February 2022

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