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Applus+ K2 Korea Rope Access Safety Walk Through with Statoil

23 Mar 2017 - Applus+K2 Korea has successfully completed an HSE audit with Statoil in HHI shipyard and received praise for their approach to safety.

Applus+ Group Safety day

The 2016 safety day initiated by our parent company Applus+, was successfully rolled out at Applus+K2 in Singapore and our regional offices with about 80 office & site staff in attendance. The safety day program lasted for 2 hours and was packed with videos from the Applus+ CEO _Aand various other Senior Management as well as a training session and interactive games.

Applus+K2 obtains SINGLAS accreditation for NDT services

Applus+K2 has recently obtained SAC-SINGLAS accreditation to add to its growing list of nationally and internationally recognized certification.

Applus+K2 NDT Testing services are now accredited by SAC-SINGLAS in fields such as Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Penetrant Testing (PT) and Eddy Current Testing (ET) in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

The key benefits of this accreditation are:

1. Assurance of Competence

An ISO/IEC 17025 certificate demonstrates to our customers and potential customers that we value quality and competence and that our calibration/testing results are accurate and reliable.

2. High standards

Testing facilities are guaranteed to maintain global quality standards through regular surveillance audits by SAC-SINGLAS Certification Body.

3. Minimization of Customer Risk

The customer is protected when the Service Provider is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standard as the technical proficiency of the provider has been verified by an independent body. It gives the customer peace of mind that the provider works to the highest international standards and is competent to carry out calibration/testing on their assets.

“This accreditation further enforces Applus+K2’s commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards for our customers” said Angie Ng, QA/QC manager

New hazard identification model for H.O.P.E

K2 has integrated a new hazard identification model into its existing H.O.P.E card system.

The intent of the H.O.P.E is to focus on the behavior of people and ensure they perform their work with a safe and positive mindset.

The biggest challenge faced by all today is “What is a hazard?” or “Where is the hazard?”. Despite undergoing extensive training, many still find it difficult to answer these questions. So to make it easy for everyone, based on global HSE research, the 4P FEEDS model has been developed.

4P stands for People, Place, Plant and Procedure. FEEDS stands for Fall, Energy, Ergonomics, Drops and Struck by/against. The model simply connects the 4P and FEEDS to identify hazards in a workplace by asking questions one-by-one.

If the answer is “Yes” to any of the questions, proper control measures must be introduced.

The revised program is also intended to drive middle and senior management to take the time, observe their workers and generate positive conversations with their teams.

“The release of this new hazard identification model should continue to improve the impressive outcomes from our H.O.P.E programme and promote K2’s commitment to an exceptional safety culture. We welcome the participation of our clients, visitors and all those associated with K2 activities, to share their observations on the use of this new model. ” said Senthil Nathan, K2 Group HSE manager

(*H.O.P.E : Hazard Observation and Positive Enforcement)

K2 Attained an IOSH License for Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course is one of the most popular health and safety courses in the world. K2 is proud to announce that it has attained the training accreditation from IOSH (http://www.iosh.co.uk/) this year in July.

This flexible course is ideal for getting K2's supervisors and inspector’s up-to-speed on the skills they need to tackle safety and health issues onsite.

A practical programme, full of step-by-step guidance, Managing Safely has a sharp business focus. The hands on, jargon-free format engages and inspires, and has helped a huge range of businesses to raise standards of safety and health.

K2 Achieved Certification for DNV 402

K2 has been granted the DNV 402A Certificate in accordance with the DNV Approval Programme 402A and IACS UR Z17, designed specifically for ultrasonic thickness measurement (UTM) of ship structures.

UTM is a non-destructive measurement method used to gauge the thickness of solid metal elements by sending an ultrasonic wave through the material and measuring the time required for the wave to bounce back to the surface.

Moving forward, K2 is aiming to be certified for DNV GL Approval Programme 402B as per the procedures and acceptance criteria as established by DNV GL.

The objectives of the DNV GL Approval Programme 402B is to improve the level of service quality and to ensure that services provided by certified NDT companies meet DNV GL requirements.

The NDT methods selected by K2 for the DNV 402 programme include Magnetic Particle Inspection and Eddy Current Inspection.

K2 Opted Out of API 4F Monogram Licence

K2 has decided to withdraw its API 4F monogram license. The API 4F monogram license is a requirement applicable only to new product (such as new steel derricks, masts, substructures and crown block assemblies). The current service lines at K2 doesn't inlcude such products and the decision has been made to align the company with more relevant programmes.

The withdrawal of the license doesn't affect the capbility of K2 to conduct derrick inspections in accordance with API RP 4G (and issue certificates of conformance), derrick engineering, repairs, maintenance and upgrades.Contrary to popular belief, companies holding API 4F license cannot 'recertify' exisiting drilling structures.

PPL and ExxonMobil Recognise K2’s Dedication to Safety

K2’s HSE department celebrated recognition of very high safety standards from two major clients in March 2015. ExxonMobil was thrilled with K2’s injury free record in 2014 and rewarded the company with a Safety Performance Award at its contractor safety forum held on 16th March. On 24th March, PPL Shipyard presented K2 with an award for Best Safety Leadership, following a score of 92/100 on the company’s entrance criteria. K2’s Service Director, Derek Burr, was delighted to receive the award on K2’s behalf.

Spotlight at Hong Hang Shipyard

As part of our Senior Management’s continuous commitment to zero incidents across our worksites, the K2 HSE Manager and Operations Manager conducted our monthly Spotlight on the Hong Hang Yard in Singapore this month. With an emphasis on prevention, they worked with full-time, freelance and derrick building trainee staff to ensure a proper understanding of safety issues and associated measures.  

K2 launches new 3r Environmental Campaign

K2 further improved our environmental responsibility in December 2013 with the introduction of a new 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) campaign. The company installed a triage system for all recyclable materials, which K2 then transports to the nearest local community recycling depot. 

In-house HSE Initiative Promotes Increased Safety Awareness Onsite

K2s HOPE card initiative is paying dividends onsite as well as within the office and training center. Since the programme was launch in February this year, employees have submitted 378 HOPE cards with suggestions for improving safety at work. We have awarded 17 winners with their cash rewards.