Quality, Environment, Health & Safety Policy

SKC Engineering & Contractors Private Limited believes in protecting people and the environment.

We are committed to setting and exceeding the highest standards of quality services in Engineering and Construction while respecting and protecting the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment.

SKC Engineering & Contractors Private Limited is committed to the prevention of injuries and the promotion of a safe, secure, and respectful working environment for all our employees. Furthermore, SKC Engineering & Contractors Private Limited is dedicated to minimizing environmental impact in all our company operations.

We at SKC Engineering & Contractors Private Limited will strive to achieve these goals by:

  • Planning and Implementing a strategy of ongoing improvement of performance and cost reduction.
  • Meeting all applicable QHSE legal requirements in the territories we operate in.
  • Ensuring protection and prevention of injury & ill health of employees and environment.
  • Monitoring, identifying, avoiding, investigating and, where possible, eliminating significant environmental aspects, occupational risks & hazards to provide a safe & healthy workplace.
  • Providing awareness and training to enable all stakeholders comply with its QHSE policy and procedures.
  • Working with partners who share our principals and holding them accountable for QHSE performance.
  • Maintaining and running operations as per international QHSE standards as defined in ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 & OHSAS 45001:2018.

This policy is communicated to all SKC Engineering & Contractors Private Limited personnel, contractors, and appropriate external stakeholders. It will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant, appropriate, and according to current international standard requirements.

SKC Engineers and Contractors acknowledge its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act of Pakistan to providing all employees, sub-contractors and visitors a healthy and safe workplace.

SKC Engineers will:

  • Ensure that all works at work sites are carried out in a manner that workplace health and safety helps employers and visitors fulfil their obligations.
  • Ensure that workplace activities (Drivers and vehicles) do not risk the health and safety of members of the Public or people working around them.
  • Ensure that vehicles, plants or substances provided for general use at the work site are safe and without risk of injury to persons at the worksite

Setting safety standards

We have established a set of objectives to make sure that SKC Engineers. demonstrates leadership to our employees and sub-contractors in safety issues, including safety matters. These set out our intention to:

• define the standards we expect from employees and sub-contractors
• make individuals accountable for managing our relationships with sub-contractors
• conduct Safety Audits and work in progress audits
• identify specialists to advice and coach when HSSE risks are significant
• define and agree HSSE measures
• monitor HSSE performance and participate in site reviews
• play a leadership role in setting safety standards
• review HSSE reports with contractors
• monitor and audit sub-contractors’ compliance with contract and environmental specifications and standards
• co-ordinate and monitor plans to deal with all emergencies

HSE Golden Rules

Working at Heights

Working at heights of two meters (6 feet) or higher above the ground cannot proceed unless:

  •  a fixed platform is used with guard or hand rails, verified by a competent person(s) or …
  • fall arrest equipment is used that is capable of supporting at least a 2275 kg (5000 lbs.) static load per person and has
  • a proper anchor mounted, preferably overhead
  • full body harness using double latch self-locking snap hooks at each connection
  • synthetic fiber lanyards
  • shock-absorber
  • fall arrest equipment will limit free fall to two meters (6 feet) or less
  • a visual inspection of the fall arrest equipment and system is completed and any equipment that is damaged or has been activated is taken out of service.
  • person(s) are competent to perform the work

Driving Safety

All categories of vehicle must not be operated unless:

  •  Vehicle is fit for purpose, inspected and confirmed to be in a safe working order.
  • Number of passengers does not exceed manufacturer’s design specification of the vehicle
  • Loads are secure and do not exceed manufacturer’s design specifications or legal limits for the vehicle
  • Seat belts are installed and worn by all occupants
  • Drivers must not be authorized to operate vehicle unless:
    They are trained, certified and medically fit to operate the lass of vehicle
  • They are not under the influence of alcohol, grog or drugs, and are not suffering from fatigue
  • They do not use hand-held cell phones and radios while driving.

Ground Disturbances

Work that involves a manmade cut, cavity, trench or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal cannot proceed unless:

  • a hazard assessment of the work site is completed by the competent person(s)
  • all underground hazards, i.e., pipelines, electric cables, etc., have been identified, located and if necessary, isolated Where persons are to enter an excavation:
  • a confined space entry permit shall be issued by authorized personnel if the entry meets the confined space definition
  • ground movement is controlled and collapse is prevented by systematically shoring, sloping, benching, etc., as appropriate
  • ground and environmental conditions are continuously monitored for change

Lifting Operations

Lifts utilizing cranes, hoists, or other mechanical lifting devices will not commence unless:

  • an assessment of the lift has been completed and the lift method and equipment has been determined by a competent person(s)
  • operators of powered, lifting devices are trained and certified for that equipment
  • rigging of the load is carried out by a competent person(s)
  • lifting devices and equipment has been certified for use within the last 12 months (at a minimum)
  • load does not exceed dynamic and/or static capacities of the lifting equipment
  • any safety devices installed on lifting equipment are operational
  • all lifting devices and equipment have been visually examined before each lift by a competent person(s

Confined Space Entry

Entry in any confined space must not proceed unless:

  • There are no practicable alternatives to entry.
  • All sources of energy affecting the space are isolated.
  • The confined space atmosphere is tested, verified safe for occupancy, and repeated as often as defined by the permit.
  • The hazards, risks and controls in the confined space entry permit are communicated to all affected personnel.
  • A stand-by person is stationed at the entry point and maintains communication with entrants during the time the occupants are inside the confined space.
  • A plan for timely rescue of workers is in place. A confined space entry permit is issued.
  • Unauthorized entry is prevented.
  • all lifting devices and equipment have been visually examined before each lift by a competent person(s

Energy isolation

Any isolation of energy systems; mechanical, electrical, process, hydraulic and others, must ensure that: 

There is an approved method to:

  • isolate equipment discharge stored
  • energy reinstate equipment Isolation points are locked and tagged.
  • A test is conducted before any related work begins to confirm the isolation is effective.
  • There is a process to communicate the status of isolation between:
  • 1 shifts 2 different work groups
  • The isolation is periodically monitored for effectiveness.

Hot work must not proceed unless:

  • All potential flammable and combustible materials have been isolated, removed and/or protected from the sources of ignition.
  • An authorized person tests the atmosphere prior to the start of the work and during work as often as the permit requires.
  • Levels of oxygen and flammable substances are kept within acceptable ranges or additional barriers applied.
  • Emergency response plans are in place as appropriate given the job’s risk assessment and any appropriate site requirements.

Management of Change

Work arising from temporary and permanent changes to norganization, personnel,systems, process, procedures, equipment,
products, materials or substances, and laws and regulations cannot proceed unless a Management of Change process is
completed, where applicable, to include:

  • a risk assessment conducted by all impacted by the change
  • development of a work plan that clearly specifies the timescale for the change and any control measures to be implemented regarding:1 equipment,  2facilities and process operations,3 maintenance, inspection procedures training, personnel and communication documentation
  • authorization of the work plan by the responsible person(s) through completion

Safety Guidelines

Leadership and Accountability

People at all levels in the SKC Engineers[Pvt] Ltd. organization are responsible for leading and engaging the workforce in meeting our health, safety, technical integrity and environmental goals and objectives. Leaders will be held accountable for accomplishing this by demonstrating correct HSSE behaviors, by clearly defining HSSE roles and responsibilities, by providing needed resources, and by measuring, reviewing and continuously improving our HSSE performance

Risk Assessment and Management

Management of risk is a continuous process and the cornerstone of all the HSSE elements. We will regularly identify the hazards and assess the risks associated with our activities. We will take appropriate action to manage the risks and hence prevent or reduce the impact of potential accidents or incidents.

People, Training and Behaviors

People’s behavior is critical to SKC ’s success; therefore, our workforce will be carefully selected and trained, and their skills and competencies regularly assessed

Working with Contractors and Others

Contractors, suppliers and others are keys to our Group business performance and we will assess their capabilities and competencies to perform work on our behalf. We will work together with them to ensure our HSSE Expectations are aligned. We will monitor contractors’ and partners’ performance and ensure our procurement processes contain the rigor to deliver our Expectations.

Facilities Design and Construction

New facilities and modifications to existing facilities will be designed, procured, constructed and commissioned to enable safe, secure, healthy and environmentally sound performance throughout their operational life, by using recognized standards, procedures and management systems.

Operations and Maintenance

Facilities will be operated and maintained within the current design envelope to ensure safe, secure, healthy and environmentally sound performance.

Management of Change

All temporary and permanent changes to organization, personnel, systems, procedures, equipment, products, materials or substances will be evaluated and managed to ensure that health, safety and environmental risks arising from these changes remain at an acceptable level. We will comply with changes to laws and regulations and take account of new scientific evidence relating to HSSE effects.

Information and Documentation

We will maintain accurate information on our operations and products. It will be held securely yet readily available.

Crisis and Emergency Management

Emergency management plans will be maintained to cover all of our facilities, locations and products. These plans will identify equipment, training and personnel necessary to protect the workforce, customers, public, environment and SKC Engineering reputation in the event of an incident.

Incidents Analysis and Prevention

Incidents will be reported, investigated and analyzed to prevent recurrence and improve our performance. Our investigations will focus on root causes and/or system failures. Corrective actions and preventive measures will be utilized to reduce future injuries and losses.

Assessment, Assurance and Improvement

We will periodically assess the implementation of and compliance with these Expectations to assure ourselves and employees that management processes are in place and working effectively. This will involve both internal self-assessments, and appropriate external assessments. We will use this information to improve our performance and processes.