Essar maintains gold RoSPA H&S standard

The Essar Stanlow Manufacturing Complex has maintained its ‘Gold’ status in the internationally renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. Organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the awards are recognised as an important benchmark for the UK’s high hazard industries.

The Awards receive more than 2,000 entries each year from a wide range of UK and international organisations, representing a total workforce of more than seven million employees. The annual contest is the longest-running industry awards scheme of any type in the UK.

The main asset of Essar Oil UK is the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, one of the most advanced refineries in Europe situated close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Stanlow has 800 employees and produces over 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels, while playing a key role in Britain’s broader petrochemical industry. Since acquiring Stanlow in 2011, Essar has invested $1 billion in margin improvement and other efficiency initiatives to ensure the refinery remains competitive in a rapidly changing market whilst maintaining its excellent safety record.

Jon Barden, chief operating officer at Essar, commented: “Maintaining gold status is an important standard for the site. This is a collective achievement and I congratulate all of the Stanlow team for their contributions. We can all be proud of our increased HSE focus through the TGZ (triple goal zero) program that supports our aspiration to continuously improve HSE performance going forward.”

Established in 1956, the competition provides an important opportunity for organisations to continually enhance their health and safety standards by evaluating their performance, benchmarked year-on- year and against best-in-class criteria globally. As a key forum for technical knowledge sharing and collaboration, the Awards are an important catalyst in the global advancement of health and safety systems.