Safety & Environment
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RIL focuses on achieving excellence in occupational and
personal health of its employees across locations. The
Company has state-of-the-art Occupational Health Centres
(OHC) at its manufacturing divisions and major offices.
These OHCs are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic
and therapeutic equipment and are manned by qualified
occupational health specialists.
RIL's medical and occupational health departments are
also in the forefront to prevent lifestyle diseases such as
heart problems, hypertension, diabetes and communicable
diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS
through a series of regular health awareness sessions,
daily health tips and personal counseling. Health promotional activities are also extended to employees'
family members staying at Company townships.
RIL has full-fledged modern hospitals at its major
townships at Jamnagar, Vadodara, Nagothane and
Patalganga, which cater to curative health services to
employees and their family members. In FY 2010-11, new
facilities were added to the hospitals including a state-ofthe-
art, special burns treatment unit, at the Dhirubhai
Ambani Hospital in Jamnagar.
Started eight years ago as a pilot project at few
manufacturing divisions, Change Agents for Safety, Health
and workplace Environment (CASHe) has grown and
become a movement encompassing the entire enterprise
with thousands of improvement projects. The programme
has been instrumental in creating a culture of implementing
health, safety and environment improving projects at
workplace on a priority basis. This programme has also
helped the Company improve its performance on the
occupational health and safety front.
In FY 2010-11, RIL's HSE Management System (HSE-MS)
has been further strengthened with new initiatives. The
HSE-MS have been institutionalised to establish
Company-wide safety management objectives, guiding
principles and processes.
RIL continues to pursue world class operational
excellence through the HSE Management System initiative,
in strategic partnership with M/s DuPont Sustainable
Solutions. In FY 2010-11, RIL implemented the operational
discipline framework of 11 characteristics to embed
operational discipline in the organization in 6 major
manufacturing sites. RIL's manufacturing divisions
undertook a rigorous self-assessment of operational
discipline and they are in the process of implementing
improvement measures with total employee involvement.
Process Safety Management (PSM) has been further
strengthened in FY 2010-11, through strategic initiatives
for sustenance. One of the focuses was to conduct self
assurance studies for the safety of the community through Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and Quantitative Risk
Assessment (QRA) in plants prioritized on risk basis.
Implementation of recommendations emerging from such
studies has resulted in evolving inherent safer measures
in operations of such plants.
RIL's Central HSE audit programme is a critical component
of the HSE governance process, which has been
specifically designed to ensure that stakeholder
expectations, HSE Policy and HSE Management Standards
are being effectively implemented across the Group. The
HSE Audit Protocol is based on the HSE Management
Standards and systems and performance management
principles. The process provides assurance to the Group
and the Board that the HSE Management Standards are
being implemented and it identifies best practices that
can be shared across RIL Group.
The Company has further reinforced its ties with global
institutions such as the Centre for Chemical Process Safety,
the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American
Chemical Council and the British Safety Council, which
gives access to industry best practices.
RIL's HSE systems are aligned with recognised
management systems and global best practices. Most
manufacturing divisions have been certified to ISO
14001:2004 certification of Environmental Management
Systems and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification of Safety
At the E&P operations, RIL has adopted the HSE
Management System and uses Safety Case approach for
the onshore and offshore facilities to demonstrate high
levels of safety integrated into the design and operations
through several risk and hazard assessment studies. RIL
has established emergency management systems and is
checking and improving the efficacy of the same through
periodic mock drills at various facilities of the entire KGD6
assets, drilling and CBM operations.
RIL's KG-D6 asset comprising of Onshore Terminal,
Supply Bases and Off-shore facilities were certified
with ISO-9001:2008; ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS
18001:2007 by M/s DNV in April 2010. The Company has
also labeled the same as 'Integrated Management System'
for the KG-D6 Asset. Additionally, M/s DNV successfully
completed the first 'Surveillance Audit' of RIL's KG-D6
asset in August 2010.
For Coal Bed Methane and Onshore Drilling operations
without any Lost Time Incidents, both internal and
regulatory audits (through Oil Industry Safety Directorate) were conducted to ensure that all statutory requirements
are met in the operations.
RIL's stress on enhancing HSE performance through
launching of HSE management Systems of international
Standards continued with further launching of 18 HSE
standards and 41 associated HSE procedures, which will
be implemented across the Company's E&P operations.
RIL has a well planned safety training programme for
employees and also contract employees.
In its pursuit of excellence in environmental management
towards sustainable business development, Reliance
continues to be committed to develop and implement
Environmental Management System (EMS) throughout
the Group to measure, control and reduce the
environmental impact. In this context, during FY 2010-11,
Gadimoga and Jamnagar SEZ manufacturing divisions
have instituted ISO-14001:2004. With this, the international
environmental accreditation based management system
covers Company's all manufacturing divisions. In majority
of cases this has been integrated with ISO: 9001:2008
Quality Management System and ISO-18001:2007 OSHA
RIL has also referred Global Reporting Initiative's
guidelines 2006 for developing its environment
performance indicators. This concerted effort is aimed at
developing environmental initiatives to address to RIL's
long term target of becoming water positive, carbon neutral
and maximizing possible recycling and reuse of wastes. A
management framework with defined structures, roles and
responsibilities, group standards, audits and training has
been further strengthened.
RIL is fully compliant with various environmental
protection and health and safety laws and regulations. In
its constant endeavour to be fully compliant with all
regulatory standards, RIL has instituted a compliance
management system, which ensures that the Company is
in full compliance to all applicable legal requirements. Prior
to the implementation of new projects the potential
environmental impacts are assessed. The environment
impact assessment and risk analysis are performed for all
new and major expansion projects and necessary
measures are incorporated to mitigate adverse
environmental impacts at the planning stage of project.
Further, in FY 2010-11, RIL has updated its group
environmental standards and second party audit
protocols. In an important initiative, in FY 2010-11, the Company developed 'RIL- Environmental Management
Process' with the help of international agencies. The
processes include work streams, role and responsibility
matrix and performance indicators to monitor the progress.
RIL strongly believes that these actions will be the Change
Agent for further reducing the Company's environmental
In RIL's improvement efforts, audits play an important role.
The Company has developed three-tier audit systems.
Trained and qualified internal auditors perform internal or
first party environmental audits of our environment
management system at regular intervals. In FY 2010-11,
RIL has developed an environment second party audit
protocol for the RIL- Environmental Standards. The high
level environmental audit by the external agency or third
party is performed for all manufacturing divisions which
include annual audit by Gujarat Pollution Control Board
(GPCB) recognized auditors in the State of Gujarat and
ISO-14001:2004 audits by the accreditation agencies at
In FY 2010-11, a five star environment audit by British
Safety Council, UK was performed at Hazira, Barabanki
and Allahabad manufacturing divisions. These
manufacturing divisions have achieved more than 90%
score. With this, RIL's nine manufacturing divisions have
been audited for its environmental management by the
British Safety Council (BSC) and the remaining
manufacturing divisions are planned to be audited in
FY 2011 -12. In line with the world class organization, RIL
reports its externally verified environmental performance
based on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. We
achieved a trend of continuous reduction in our emissions
and discharges and increase in effluent and waste
To be in harmony with nature, RIL continues its efforts
such as mangrove plantation and maintenance in the
coastal areas with the help of international agencies, tree
plantation, maintenance of green belts and gardens in and
around our manufacturing units, vermi-compost of waste
and its use as manure, recycling of treated water in cooling
water system and in horticulture activities, etc. Further,
RIL is partnering with the Ministry of Environment and
Forests, Government of India and Gujarat Ecological
Commission to set up the National Centre for Marine
Biodiversity (NCMB) – India's first Centre of Excellence
for the study of India's coastal biodiversity, at Jamnagar.
This is the first such initiative in India where the Government and a private sector stakeholder will be
partnering to safeguard the biodiversity of coastal areas.
RIL's continued efforts on reducing environment footprint
are aptly reflected in its E&P business, at domestic and
also international operations. RIL completed its planned
exploration operations with all necessary regulatory
approvals and permits in its domestic and international
blocks in Australia, Timor Leste, Yemen, Oman, Kurdistan
and Columbia. RIL completed its drilling campaign in Timor
Leste without any environmental incidents. Apart from
internal tracking of environmental compliance through an
in-house portal, external agencies like M/s.
PricewaterhouseCoopers also monitored RIL's regulatory
compliance through its Compliance Monitoring Tools. No
adverse notices / reports were received from the statutory
bodies during FY 2010-11.
Site operations in KG-D6 received certification under
ISO-14001:2004 under an Integrated Management System
from M/s. DNV. Wastes, effluents and emissions, at RIL's
E&P operations, are in full compliance to the norms and
standards. The treated waste water from sanitary effluents
is being reused in the green belt.
With an objective of imparting awareness on oil spills
control at sea during emergencies, RIL conducted oil spill
response mock exercises in the East Coast with the
involvement of all major operators and Indian Coast Guard
in September 2010. To inculcate the spirit of cleaner
beaches along the coast, RIL joined Indian Coast Guard
and State Pollution Control Board's initiative of beach
cleaning at Kakinada in October 2010.
RIL regularly conducts environmental monitoring around
its facilities at both onshore and offshore and submits the
monitoring reports to the regulatory bodies without any
adverse comments. RIL engaged the services of national
environmental laboratories like National Environmental
Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and National
Institute of Oceanography (NIO) to conduct the onshore
and offshore environmental monitoring studies. RIL's
production facilities in and around Gadimoga (KG-D6
onshore terminal site) are well developed with green belt.
In FY 2010-11, the Company planted more than 10,000
saplings, 43,000 shrub plants, 37000 sq.mts of lawn and
15,000 sq. mts. of ground covers apart from about 20,000
seasonal plants. Orchards of coconut, guava,
pomegranate, jack fruit and mangoes are cultivated in the
operational site. Some native animals like ducks, rabbits, love birds and fouls are also brought in the green belt to
RIL has undertaken a new initiative for conversion of
organic waste to vermi compost. This includes processing
of food and paper wastes from its operations at Gadimoga.
RIL continues to support the maintenance of
mangrove plantation undertaken with the help of
M/s. MS Swaminathan Foundation in an area of 10
Hectares at Chollangipeta which is near to the KG-D6
facility. Further, the Company is undertaking a study of
biodiversity enhancement in this region with
M/s. MS Swaminathan Foundation through project grants.