Sun International Sustainability

Health and safety report


Sun International takes a holistic approach to occupational health and safety which is proactively integrated into operational practices throughout every level of our business. As we have a moral and statutory duty towards the health and safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers, concessionaires and visitors to our properties, we have adopted an approach to manage health and safety risks aligned to the requirements of ISO 18001 and based on the theme of “pursuing zero harm”.

While the board retains ultimate accountability and responsibility over the Group’s health and safety performance, the Chief Executive has been charged with a mandate of ensuring that all relevant factors are considered and effected as necessary with the assistance of his executive team. Management in turn reports to the social and ethics committee and in turn the board, in evidencing how it has discharged the relevant responsibilities.

Health and safety performance, risks and opportunities are reported to the social and ethics committee, which meets quarterly, and in turn reports directly to the board.

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for ensuring that health and safety performance is managed and monitored at each property and is mandated to create a consistent approach to health and safety risk management by facilitating policy and performance standards, as well as monitoring, evaluating and reporting on performance.

Group Internal Audit department monitors compliance across the Group. Although the South African properties are responsible for compliance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act, properties outside of South Africa and internationally are responsible for compliance with their respective country’s occupational health and safety legislation. Minimum standards and ethics are applied where local legislation is silent or does not meet the Group’s standards.

Embedding health and safety management

Sun International’s health and safety policy aspires to a target of zero harm to people. Each property has a site-specific health and safety policy signed by top management, reviewed annually and aligned with the Group policy.

Joint occupational health and safety committees comprising management and worker representatives have been maintained throughout our properties and meet quarterly. The committees provide a means of two-way communication between site employees and management regarding health and safety risks.

Employees are required to conduct a number of occupational health and safety risk assessments in terms of the OHS Act No. (85 of 1993) and regulations, in order to identify potential hazards in the workplace and to quantify the risks. To ensure our employees are equipped with the adequate knowledge to perform the risk assessments correctly, ongoing occupational health and safety training and awareness is given in line with their site-specific hazards and risks at the various properties. Our risk assessment methodology has been designed to identify hazards in the work environment that could potentially cause harm to people and focuses on the aspects of work and their interaction.

A risk assessment of all bulk LPG installations (storage tank and pipelines) was carried out during 2014 by an approved inspection authority at GrandWest, Carnival City, Sibaya, The Boardwalk and Sun City. The installations have been inspected and registered as MHIs with the relevant authorities.

Regular articles, changes in legislation and other information regarding health and safety management are distributed to our properties from Group level. In the past year, health and safety awareness and training took place at our properties and the training of health and safety officers, representatives, first aiders and fire marshals remained an ongoing priority.

Occupational health and safety performance

In the 2013 report, key health and safety targets were set for 2014. The table below reflects the progress made against these objectives.

Targets for 2014   Performance against target  
Standardise the methodology for recording and reporting OH&S data with a view to meeting the GRI requirements and Group standard   Achieved  
Maintain a fatality rate of zero   Achieved  
Maintain a zero occupational disease rate   Achieved  
Ensure that legal appointments are compliant at all times   Achieved  

Sun International is working in a proactive way to improve health and safety performance by reporting broader outcomes and in particular performance against the Total Recordable Incidents (TRIs) and Disabling Incidents (DIs) measures. Both indicators are standard international measures for reporting occupational health and safety performance and in particular incidents of significance.

Work-Related Fatalities by Employees and Frequency Rates

This is defined as any fatality resulting from a work injury or work-related disease/illness, regardless of the time intervening between injury and death. We are pleased to report that no fatalities were recorded across our operations during the year. This is the fifth consecutive year with no work-related loss of life. As such, we achieved our 2014 target of maintaining a zero fatality rate.

Total Medical Treatment Cases and Frequency Rate

The number of Total Medical Treatment Cases (MTCs), which is a summary of all the no-lost time, restricted duty and lost workday cases, dropped by 34 cases during 2014 compared to the previous year. The Total MTC rate indicated that there were 6.896 cases per 200 000 hours worked for the year.

Total Lost Time Injury (LTI)

The total Group LTI is a summary of the number of restricted duty-and-lost workday cases occurring per 200 000 hours worked by employees. The LTI frequency rate for the Group for the 2014 reporting year was estimated at 3.878 injuries per 200 000 hours worked. Based on our analysis, the high LTI rate is as a result of over-reporting. To mitigate the same, a Group Health and Safety Manager will be appointed during 2015 with the mandate to implement systems to measure and monitor the Group's health and safety performance.

Occupational Hygiene Performance Indicators

Sun International monitors occupational hygiene and general hygiene management through an independent third party and SANAS-accredited laboratories. The following key result areas are covered in the assessments:

  • Statistically meaningful microbiological evaluation as per standard protocol;
  • Thorough scrutiny of visual cleanliness throughout food production areas;
  • Full appraisal of food safety practices;
  • Detailed inspection of facilities, including design, structural and maintenance issues;
  • Investigation of relevant documentation and compliance with legislation relating to food hygiene practices; and
  • Quantification of all of the above into indices.
Legionella Risk Management

One of the most pertinent risks associated with the hospitality industry is Legionella disease. Sun International monitors this risk through an independent third party assessment and SANAS-accredited laboratories. The following key risks areas are covered by regular assessments:

  • Hot water systems;
  • Cold (potable) water systems;
  • Shower heads;
  • Fountains and irrigation systems; and
  • Dead ends in water pipes.

The risk is assessed against a baseline Legionella risk performance indicator which includes Legionella Microbiological Index and Legionella Risk Index.

Safety and Health Targets for 2015
  • Maintain a fatality rate of zero
  • Maintain a zero occupational disease rate
  • Reduce the incidence of workplace injuries to 2.5 per 100 employees based on 2014 data
  • Occupational health and safety legal registers to be developed at all the South African properties by 2016.