HSE policy statement – Healthy and safe together
Our ambition is clear: we want to be pro-active, optimise our production processes and focus on energy efficiency and be climate neutral by 2030. All this in a pleasant, safe and healthy working environment where our employees enjoy working together to deliver our high-quality and sustainable products. We want to be fully compliant with laws and regulations and not cause any nuisance in our environment. In order to achieve this ambition, our policy is focused on:
- ensuring the safety and health of all our employees and third parties (including contractors, trainees, visitors);
- preventing as much as possible influences of our business operations on people and the environment in our surroundings;
- identifying and managing risks related to our business operations by ensuring a high level of protection;
- complying with the legal requirements in the field of health, safety, environment and quality;
- making sufficient resources available.
We continuously improve and secure our work processes and HSE performance by applying Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. We secure the quality of our high-quality and sustainable products by complying with Good Manufacturing Practice+ (GMP+ certificate).
We strive for a culture of safety in which our employees recognise the risks that work involves and do know how to work safely. We identify and evaluate our risks and set up systems to manage them. Our safety management system (VBS) is based on 17 safety management procedures (VMPs) that meet the requirements of BRZO 2015.
The management takes responsibility for the implementation of the HSE policy. In practice, this means that they actively promote the policy, facilitate training and education, make the necessary resources available and encourage everyone to work safely.
Employees are expected to:
- know which procedures and rules apply to their work;
- take responsibility for their own safe behaviour;
- speak to their closest colleagues about (un)safe behaviour;
- work together as a team to realise our ambitions.
This HSE policy statement is reviewed annually as part of the management review and revised if necessary.
The policy of Alco Energy Rotterdam is aimed at preventing in our immediate surroundings as much as possible impact of our business operations on people and the environment.
That is why we have a WABO permit, we regularly carry out emission measurements ourselves and are regularly inspected by DCMR.
Reducing “odour nuisance” for local residents is of great importance to Alco Energy Rotterdam. To make odour nuisance a thing of the past, two thermal oxidisers have been installed.
In the oxidiser, the typical ‘yeast smell’ produced during the fermentation process of corn and the ‘bread baking air’ produced during the compression of the animal feed into pellets is captured and burned at a temperature of 850 degrees celsius.
The Seveso III Directive has been in force since 1 June 2015. In the Netherlands, this directive has been transposed in the Heavy Accident Hazards Decree (BRZO 2015). Alco Energy Rotterdam falls within the scope of this Decree as a low threshold environment.
The authorities monitor compliance with BRZO through regular inspections. These are carried out jointly by the SZW Inspectorate, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond and Rotterdam Safety Region. They draw up a joint report with their findings.
The government publishes summaries of the BRZO report via www.brzoplus.nl. On this site you can also find summaries about Alco Energy Rotterdam.