Welcome to a new era for standardised, risk-based SHE management in Sasol!

The One Sasol SHE Excellence approach is the approved SHE approach for Sasol globally, and is outlined in this document. It aims to enable you as a leader to provide clear SHE direction to your team.

Let us all commit to move together towards zero harm and sustainability through a pro-active SHE approach: The One Sasol SHE Excellence approach.



One SASOL One SHE: Fundamentals

Fundamentals Introduction

One Sasol One SHE Excellence Approach

At Sasol, we focus our efforts on becoming a more effective, efficient and competitive organisation over the long term. Our goal of achieving zero harm and sustainability will enable the delivery of this strategic imperative. 

The One Sasol One SHE Excellence approach provides Sasol with a management framework to ensure that we approach the delivery of this goal in a standardised and systematic way. 

For more information about Sasol's commitment to sustainability click the link below

 Sasol Sustainability

Along with the above linked web page you can also learn more about our SHE policy for 2017 by downloading this document.

As part of creating a cohesive organisation Sasol  has set upon a path to create a global SasolSHE program. 

Are you familiar with the terms "ONE SASOL ONE SHE EXCELLENCE  Approach" as well as the Fundamentals of that approach?

  • Yes, I'm familiar with those terms.
  • No, I've never heard of them.
  • I am vaguely familiar with those terms but I'm not 100% sure what they stand for.

The Golden Fundamentals

The four Golden Fundamentals that form the basis of the ONE SASOL ONE SHE EXCELLENCE APPROACH as it is set out in the manual can be seen below. Apart from these, another 5 fundamentals form part of the whole approach. They are Safety, Health, Environment, Governance and Sustainable Development.

Element 1.2

SHE fundamentals

We provide the foundation upon which the performance requirements are set to direct SHE excellence.

Four Golden Fundamentals

1 Leadership and accountability


We achieve zero harm and sustainability by providing clear direction and enabling a committed and accountable workforce.

2 Engaged people


We are all involved in, and passionate about, achieving zero harm.

3 Risk-based SHE management


We prevent and mitigate the occurrence and recurrence of undesirable SHE events.

4 Setting performance requirements


We implement mature SHE practices in order to achieve SHE excellence.

You will find a document attached below that may provide more information on this subject.

There are four golden fundamentals listed with the One Sasol One SHE Excellence framework. Each one of these are the basis of everything we do with the organisation.

Can you match the first four fundamental with their titles?

  • Fundamental 1
    Leadership and Accountability
  • Fundamental 2
    Engaged Workers
  • Fundamental 3
    Risk-Based SHE Management
  • Fundamental 4
    Setting performance requirements to drive improvement

Fundamental 1: Leadership and Accountability

Element 1.1

Strategic direction


We position Sasol to deliver long term sustainable excellent SHE performance. One Sasol SHE Excellence approach.

1.1.1 Our approach forms the SHE management framework to ensure that SHE practices are consistently applied across all businesses to enable sustainable excellent SHE performance: zero harm and sustainability.

At Sasol we have committed, through the One Sasol One SHE Excellence fundamentals to deliver impeccable leadership, and to be held accountable for everything that occur within the organisation.  

Is the statement regarding leadership and accountability true or false?

Select you answer by selecting either true or false.

  • Leadership and Accountability only affects Senior Management.

Fundamental 2: Engaged People

As can be seen below, the ONE SASOL ONE SHE EXCELLENCE approach involve all employees. Each employee is accountable for not only his or her own safety  but also of those put under his/her care.

Element 3.2

Management of people


Our workforce is empowered, enabled, recognised and held accountable for meeting SHE expectations.

Performance & consequence management

3.2.1 SHE performance expectations for individuals and teams are managed through the Group human resources performance management process.

3.2.2 SHE performance expectations are clear and aligned to deliver on the SHE objectives, targets and Game Plan.

3.2.3 Individuals are held accountable for delivering on agreed SHE  objectives and targets, and to perform their work safely, responsibly and productively.

3.2.4 Coaching and mentoring are used to guide and improve individual SHE performance.

3.2.5 Deviations from expected SHE behaviours are managed according to the Sasol disciplinary code with due consideration for distinguishing between mistakes and violations.

Recognition and reward

3.2.6 Recognition schemes include elements that enhance behaviour in support of safe and responsible operations. Schemes are developed in conjunction with Group human resources.

3.2.7 Appropriate ad hoc recognition for SHE-related performance results is given.

As can be seen above, the ONE SASOL ONE SHE approach involve all employees. Each employee is accountable for not only his or her own safety  but also of those put under his/her care.

SHE Management is not a new field but many employees do not know much about this field. It has started to become more widely accepted that SHE is important to an organisation.

Read the statement below and indicate whether you agree or disagree by selecting either true or false.

  • Only Safety Officers and Supervisors need to know about SHE management functions.

Fundamental 3: Risk Based SHE Management

From the excerpt below it can be determined that management systems are unique to each implementation of such a system. At Sasol we have a tailor made Risk Based SHE Management System based on our specific needs and requirements.

Element 2.3

Systems, processes and technology


Management systems enable the achievement of sustainable SHE performance. 

2.3.1 Internationally recognised management standards are adopted and integrated into the SHE performance requirements for certification purposes.

These include as a minimum:

  • OHSAS 18001;
  • ISO 14001; and
  • Process safety standards.

The following management standards are applicable to selected businesses, as necessitated by customer and management requirements:

  • ISO 9001; and
  • Responsible Care®.

2.3.2 Applicable SHE management systems enable the execution of standardised SHE activities. This includes the applied processes and procedures to enable SHE performance.

As most SHE Management systems are based off the OHSAS 18001 specification it stands to reason that many of them would be similar in nature. 

It the statement below true or false according to your knowledge of SHE Management Systems?

  • All SHE management systems are the same?

Fundamental 4: Setting Performance Requirements to Drive Improvement

Element 2.6

Continuous improvement


Enhanced SHE performance is pursued through a planned, systematic and ongoing process of improving practices.

Continuous improvement approach

2.6.1 The “plan, do, review, improve” methodology, as described in the Group Operations Excellence Management System, is integrated into the One SASOL SHE Excellence approach. Our approach is focused on continuous improvement of our SHE practices and results.

As you can see from the excerpts above from the ONE SASOL ONE SHE EXCELLENCE manual, Sasol is committed to long term sustainable growth across all its businesses.

Continuous improvement is an ongoing effort to improve products, services or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once. -

Is the statement below true or false?

  • Continuous Improvement is not a part of the Golden Fundamentals at Sasol.

Fundamental: Practical Review

When looking for Leadership and Accountability look for someone other people look to for guidance. Someone  who is calm an seems to know what to do and is willing to guide other along.

Engaged People can be found where people have attended training or workshops for specific events and know what to do and can help others along.

Risk Based SHE Management can be seen where things to help mitigate problems are in place before they are needed.

Driving Improvement can be seen  during decision to improve not only physical aspects of the workplace but the mindset and behaviour of the people themselves.

You can  repeat the video until such a time you are comfortable with spotting each of the fundamentals.

As part of your training you are required to be able to spot the different fundamentals, how they interact with each other and also recognise others for their part in recognizing and utilizing the fundamentals.

 Do you believe you are capable of recognising each of the golden fundamentals when you see them in action?

  • I feel comfortable spotting the "Leadership and Accountability" Fundamental
  • I feel comfortable spotting the "Engaged People" Fundamental
  • I feel comfortable spotting the "Risk Based SHE Management System" Fundamental
  • I feel comfortable spotting the "Setting Performance Requirements to Drive Improvement" fundamental.

Interactive Video Content

Scenario Based Training

As part of the Engaged People Fundamental, training might have been provided in various forms. Interaction based video content will be able to not only visually take you though training but show both positive and negative outcomes in certain scenarios.

(Select "no", to see content, and "yes" to not see content)

  • Yes, I believe that interactive video content can be used in training. (Does not open the example)
  • No, I do not believe in video based training (Opens the example)

Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS)

GHS: an introduction

What is the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals?

The GHS is a system used to classify and communicate chemical hazards using internationally consistent terms and information on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets.

The GHS provides criteria for the classification of physical hazards (e.g. flammable liquids), health hazards (e.g. carcinogens) and environmental hazards (e.g. aquatic toxicity).

Under the model work health and safety laws, Australia has adopted the 3rd revised edition of the GHS. A copy of this edition can be downloaded from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe website.

The GHS or Globally Harmonized System of Classification is a new system to help standardize the labelling and definitions of certain aspects of chemical and material handling and storage. 

Have you heard of the GHS?

  • I am familliar with GHS.
  • I have not heard of GHS and what it does.

GHS: changes.

What is changing under the GHS?

The GHS will update the way in which information about the hazards of chemicals and any precautions necessary to ensure safe storage, handling and disposal, is conveyed to users of chemicals. The GHS uses pictograms, signal words, and hazard and precautionary statements to communicate this information.

Please note that the GHS does not change your general duties relating to the management of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

The GHS aims to ensure compatibility, on a global scale, any sale, transport, manufacture, storing or any other logistics regarding chemicals weather hazardous or not. By creating a system where the local language and  symbolism  does not affect the proper description and labelling of chemicals from another part of the world it aim to create a better safety culture and understanding about hazardous chemicals world wide.

Are you ware that the GHS will changes certain things with regards to hazardous chemical / material storage and transport?

  • I am fully aware that there are many changes coming because of the adoption of GHS.
  • I know that changes are coming but I don't know what.

GHS: real life impacts

The following changes will be made due to GHS:


Nine hazard pictograms in the GHS represent the physical, health and environmental hazards.

Signal words

The GHS uses ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signal words to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ is used for the more severe or a significant hazard, while ‘Warning’ is used for the less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary statements

Hazard statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the chemical hazard including, where relevant, the degree of hazard. For example the hazard statement ‘Toxic if swallowed’ is the hazard statement for Acute toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical.

To reduce confusion regarding symbols and labels  from different parts of the world GHS will change a number of things as well as define a set, or specific meaning for each of the attributes listed on a label. This should enable everybody working with chemicals, no matter where you are, to receive the same information and warnings  on chemical labelling.

There are several changes to the current labelling and signage of hazardous chemicals that will occur due to the adoption of GHS.

Do you know what these changes are?

  • Pictograms
  • Signal words
  • Hazard and precautionary statements
  • Maximum Container Sizes
  • Basic Supplier Information

Demonstrating the adequacy of safety management and control measures

To obtain a licence to operate a major hazard facility (MHF), operators are required to submit a safety case which demonstrates how the facility will be operated safely. What do the Regulations require?

Licence to Operate

To obtain a licence to operate a major hazard facility (MHF), operators are required to submit a safety case which demonstrates how the facility will be operated safely.

The purpose of this guidance material is to assist operators of MHFs to demonstrate that the content of their safety case will achieve the safe operation of the MHF through a satisfactory safety management system and adequate control measures. Use of this guidance material will enable MHF operators to submit a safety case to the regulator that satisfactorily demonstrates:

that the facility’s safety management system (SMS) will control risks arising from major incidents and major incident hazards

the adequacy of the measures to be implemented by the operator to control risks associated with the occurrence and potential occurrence of major incidents.

The operator of a determined MHF must establish a for the operation of the major hazard facility and provide the regulator with a completed safety case for the MHF within after determination of the MHF. The safety case must include a summary of the safety management system for the MHF.

Stakeholder Involvement in major hazard facilities (MHF).

Demonstrations of adequacy

Demonstrations in a safety case provide all stakeholders with assurance that the operator is achieving safe operation of the facility by using adequate control measures and satisfactory management systems. In particular, they provide regulators with some of the evidence necessary to support the issuing of a licence to operate the MHF. The regulator will usually verify some of the data provided in the safety case demonstrations to confirm the validity of the arguments made by the operator. Periodically, and following major changes to the facility or its operations, the demonstrations must be reviewed to ensure safe operation is being maintained. Such a review may also be triggered by a new state of knowledge e.g. following incidents.

There are specific deliverables when reporting back to the stakeholders of MHF (Major Hazard Facilities), as such certain tools and guide were developed to make help gather the required information. One of these tools is called a "Safety Case".

What two things do safety cases provide to stakeholders?

  • Assurance that the operator is achieving safe operation.
  • Proof of adequate control measures and satisfactory management systems.
  • Access to information about, or people with knowledge of, hazards and effective control measures
  • Records of historical performance data and records that show how well the supporting SMS elements function.