Health, Safety and Security

Health, safety, and security at work remains TAQA’s number one priority.

The nature of the energy industry is intrinsically hazardous. The exposure to hydrocarbons, drilling projects, facility operations, construction projects and transport present just some of the risks that must be continuously addressed to protect all our people.

Our approach and strategy

Our goal is simple: providing a safe and secure workplace so no harm comes to our people. Our focus is on the management of key risks including occupational health and safety, and asset integrity, and paying particular attention to incident prevention. By continuously improving performance, in turn, will minimize the impact of our activities on the local communities in which we operate as well as the wider environment.

Systems and processes

TAQA’s fundamental approach is established through our Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Management System, and we measure performance and results through comprehensive audits and self-assessments.

The Global HSSE team ensures the application of consistent management oversight, cohesive policies, minimum standards and performance reporting. This is applied to all phases of TAQA’s business ventures from acquisition to construction to operation.

TAQA has a comprehensive audit programme comprising assessment and procedures against our own corporate HSSE requirements, and international management standards such as OHSAS 18001, as well as process safety and asset integrity minimum requirements.


TAQA strives for continuous improvement in safety by regularly tracking and reviewing safety performance.

Over the past year TAQA has seen a significant rise in activity levels largely associated with higher risk construction projects particularly in our businesses in the Netherlands, Morocco and Ghana as well as the new business in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

In fact TAQA’s total number of hours worked across the Group was nearly 33 million hours – an increase of around a third on 2012. Unfortunately, this increase in higher risk activities has resulted in more recordable injuries and hence an increase in the overall Recordable Injury Rate (RIR). TAQA’s RIR was 0.39 per 200,000 hours worked compared with 0.36 per 200,000 hours the previous year.

The indicator for Recordable Injury Rate (RIR) is reported internally on a monthly basis and incorporated into the corporate scorecard, and supplemented by additional indicators including medical aid, first aid and near miss/HSSE opportunities.

Recordable Injury Rate* (per 200,000 hours)

* Includes three ongoing major construction projects and new operations in Iraq.

* Targets are set annually based on an average of the past three years’ performance as well as consideration of growth and expansion projects, and therefore man-hour increases.

Days Away from Work Rate* (per 200,000 hours)

* Includes three ongoing major construction projects and new operations in Iraq.